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Where to find the best ski in ski out chalets

Written by Fiona November 21 2012

My guest blogger Richard Sinclair is the founder of Sno, the UK’s fastest-growing ski holidays and ski deals company. He came up with a great idea for a blog for the best ski-in, ski-out chalets.

If you’re a skiing or snowboarding fan you’ll know how important it is to have accommodation as close to the slopes as possible. You want to spend the maximum amount of time on the slopes, so booking into ski in ski out accommodation makes a lot of sense.

 Best spots for straight-to-slope skiing

 

France

The French Alps are a longstanding favourite base for skiers of all skill levels, and there’s a great choice of ski in ski out accommodation to choose from here. From hotels to large family ski chalets, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re travelling with your partner, friends or as a family unit.

In Les Arcs you’ll find traditional chalets located just a couple of minutes away from the slopes, and a short distance from the nearest ski school. The resort has some good nursery slopes at village level and a total of 105 pistes and 200km of ski runs.

La Rosiere is another location worth considering for ski in ski out accommodation, as the nearest lift is only 150m away and you can often ski back to your chalet here. La Rosiere caters well for intermediate level skiers and those with advanced abilities.

Austria

If you’ve chosen Austria as your destination for a skiing trip, there are some great spots here for doorstep skiing, such as St Anton. Look for accommodation close to the nursery slopes and you’re likely to find you can ski almost to the door of your chalet. Within close range of accommodation near the nursery slopes are plenty of apres-ski bars, bus stops and the main gondola.

Kitzbuhel is another popular haven for skiers visiting Austria and it’s possible to book a place to stay that is near to both the ski school and the Hahnenkamm lift. The lively resort in Tyrol offers 60 pistes spanning 168km of skiing terrain and caters well for intermediate level skiers.

Beginners heading to Austria for a skiing holiday might want to take a look at Obergurgl – a charming old village with reliable snowfall. Here, you’ll find accommodation around one minute from the slopes, and there are runs for novices as well as those with more experience.

Switzerland

There are numerous good skiing spots in the Swiss Alps, but Saas Fee is particularly popular. The picturesque resort caters for all ability levels, as well as offering good facilities for snowboarders.

You’ll find 100km of skiable terrain at Saas Fee and 35 pistes, and you can visit the resort in summer for a skiing break too as the sport can be performed on the glacier here.

Some of the hotels and chalets in the area are easy to ski back to, while the lifts are around 250 m away from the accommodation.

Italy

If it’s Italy you’ve gone for, the resort of Selva is popular among those who want to ski in and ski out of their accommodation. A two or three-minute walk will take you to the nearest ski lifts, and you can usually ski back to within 30m of your chalet.

The resort is ideal for all levels of skier, offering 58 pistes over 175km of skiable terrain.

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