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Short Ski Breaks to the French Alps

If you’re thinking of taking a long weekend or a short ski break, the French Alps has some excellent ski resorts which are a short drive from the airport so you can maximise your time on the slopes! 


On Esquiades.com we always aim to offer you great ski deals to suit all types of skiers and snowboarders. We also offer a selection of accommodation to suit all budgets and you can also add extras to your booking so you don’t have to worry about anything once you hit the slopes! 





So, where can you go on a weekend or a short ski break? 


Usually, a lot of accommodations in the French ski resorts require bookings of 7 nights and the check-in date must be on a Saturday. If you are looking for flexibility when it comes to both booking dates and durations, you should head to one of the following ski resorts: 


Tignes and Val d’Isere


These ski areas were formerly known as Espace Killy and, on Esquiades.com, you can book your accommodation in Tignes or in Val d'Isère and include a ski pass that will give you access to both ski resorts. 


These resorts are very popular and great ski destinations for beginners, family and group ski holidays. Read more about these ski resorts on our ski guide to Tignes and Val d’Isère to make sure this is the ski resort where you can make the most of your short ski break! 


Les 2 Alpes 


This is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and is a very popular ski destination for its après-ski life. So we could say that this ski resort is a great option if you’re travelling with your couple or friends. 


On Esquiades.com you will find a good range of budget-friendly options, hotels and self-catered apartments, all of which are a short walk to the slopes. 


Val Thorens & Orelle


Val Thorens is located in Les 3 Vallées, it is in fact the highest point of the French Alps and Orelle (some people call it the “secret fourth valley”) is ideal if you are into Freeride ;) Read more about this ski destination on our virtual tour of Val Thorens where there’s info about the ski resort, après-ski activities and more! 




If you are looking to have a blast on the slopes and are in some serious need for a challenge, you have to visit Chamonix. It’s rated one of the top ten ski resorts in Europe and is ideal for intermediate and advanced skiers and has loads of off-piste runs. 


On Esquiades.com you can choose between 2 types of ski pass when booking your ski holiday to Chamonix:  Ski Pass for Chamonix Le Pass or Ski Pass for Chamonix Mont Blanc Unlimited.


Find out more about Chamonix Ski Resort and everything it has to offer. 



Which are the nearest airports to the ski resorts in the French Alps? 


Here you will find the transfer times from Geneva and Chambery Airport to help you choose the ski resort.





Geneva Airport (GVA)


Chambery Airport (CMF)


Tignes - 2h 30 mins (175 km)


Tignes - 1h 40 mins (142 km)


Val d’Isère - 2h 52 mins (224.3 km) 


Val d’Isère - 2h (143.9 km) 


Les 2 Alpes - 2h 42 mins (214 km) 


Les 2 Alpes - 1h 54 mins (134 km)


Val Thorens & Orelle - 2h 30 mins (200 km)


Val Thorens & Orelle - 1h 30 mins


Chamonix - 1h (100 km) 


Chamonix - 1h 30 mins (144 km) 





If you need to catch a flight, we recommend you to “pre-book” your accommodation + skipass on Esquiades.com first and then confirm your flights. How? All you need to do is select “bank transfer” as your payment option and you’ll automatically receive a booking reference that is valid for 24 hours. This gives you plenty of time to sort out your flight arrangements before paying your ski holiday ;) 


What’s so great about booking a short ski holiday to the French Alps? 


As you can see, the drive to the ski resorts isn’t too long and what is also great about the hotels and apartments is that most of them are ski-in ski-out, very convenient for a quick getaway ;)  


Have you got any questions or would like to speak with one of our experts? We are available 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call us on +44 (0)2 036 959 406 or send us your enquiry and we will get back to you ASAP!