What could be better than stepping out of your accommodation, putting on your skis and sliding off down the mountain.
Gliding across the threshold, straight onto the snow; it's the best start to any day on the slopes. Ski in ski out resorts are becoming much more of a priority over more traditional resorts where you have to lug your equipment or take a bus to the lifts and slopes. The ease of also skiing back to your accommodation just in time for afternoon tea makes your ski holiday much more relaxed and hassle free, especially if you have young children.
We know how much of a difference this makes so we've collected the best ski in, ski out resorts and accommodation so you don't have to search anymore.
TOP 5 SKI-IN SKI-OUT EUROPEAN RESORTS
The Val Thorens + Orelle ski resort is the highest in Europe and a gliding paradise in all its variations. It is located at the foot of an impressive 3,300-meter-high peak of rock and ice, the Aiguille de Péclet.
The Val Thorens ski resort belongs to the Les Les 3 Vallées ski area, the largest in the world and one of the most prestigious in the French Alps . This ski resort has an enviable extension with more than 140 kilometers of slopes and an exceptional drop of 1,430 meters. Thanks to its altitude, you can find eight skiable areas above 3,000 meters.
The huge number of slopes and skiable space makes this a perfect destination for any type of skier, even those who prefer to enjoy the snow in a more relaxed way. I t was built to maximize skier's convenience. The pistes and ski lifts cut through the resort with many of its chairlifts journeying up and over the resorts buildings . Skiers simply step out of their accommodation and ski down the gentle slopes to the lifts each morning and ski back to their accommodation at the end of the day thanks to its compactness too which makes it easy to get around the resort.
This ski resort in the French Alps is considered one of the best resorts for all levels of skiing or snow. If you are a beginner, you are in luck, as you can take numerous free lifts throughout the domain, as well as a large area of green slopes. Exactly 21 green tracks located in the upper area of the ski area at an altitude of more than 2,400 m, a difference that makes it stand out from the other resorts.
This resort in the French Alps offers a 150 km skiable area, whatever the level of skiing or snowboarding, the possibilities on these slopes are endless , it's one of the best ski-in ski-out resorts in France. Think glacier skiing, epic powder, amazing tree-lined runs and lovely cruising reds and blues… Tignes has it all, right from your doorstep. There are several mini villages to stay at varying altitudes.
The ski resort of Val d'Isere is one of the best in the Alps and therefore in the whole world. This is a winter resort which appears at the World Top Ten. Furthermore Val d'Isere forms with Tignes the Espace Killy, one of the largest and most extensive ski resorts in the world.
The snow conditions in Val d'Isere are usually excellent in both quality and quantity. The slopes are north oriented and the fifty-four percent of them are between 2,200 and 2,900 meters.
Val is perfect proof that not all-ski out resorts are purpose-built concrete jungles. Val is a pretty old resort with mountains on both sides and deliciously speedy access to them. High tech lifts and top notch pistes serve the hamlets of La Daille and Le Fornet as well as the centre of Val d'Isere in-between (where you'll find most ski schools, bars and restaurants).
La Plagne is the collective name for a network of 11 interlinked ski villages that together form one of the biggest ski areas in the French Alps , and, linked with neighboring Les Arcs as Paradiski, one of the most extensive lift-linked ski domains in the world.
It is one of the best ski-in ski-out resorts for families . Learners have plenty of options for ski school, and there's all sorts of other snow fun to be had, including ziplining and exploring a grotto full of ice sculptures on the Bellecôte glacier.
La Plagne is also a great destination for mixed-ability groups and keen intermediates, offering plenty of tree lined runs and a good choice of mountain restaurants for lunch.
Zermatt is a beautiful ski and snowboard resort located 1,620m in the Swiss Alps , this enchanting alpine village lies at the foot of the Matterhorn, Switzerland's most famous mountain.
The Matterhorn valley houses the town of Zermatt on its slopes, which together with its wooden houses darkened by the years and the sun, make up one of the most spectacular snow landscapes in the world. This Alpine town is located in the German-speaking region of the canton of Valais in southwestern Switzerland, the base of the huge ski resort of Zermatt and Breuil-Cervinia.
The entire town of Zermatt is pedestrian since the use of cars or vehicles that use fuels is prohibited and only the use of electric cars is allowed.