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Does anybody have recommendations for some tried and tested ski weekend destinations travelling from London? I'm looking to maximise efficiency so looking for quick transfer times, late flight times (or overnight snow train?) late check-ins / check outs from accomodation and most importantly, lots of good skiing Very Happy
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@Chaz, for short transfers look at resorts close to Innsbruck, Salzburg, Zurich and Geneva.

From there you have literally hundreds of options, but i'll give you a few. Then just start looking for hotels/accomodation in the area:

Geneva:
Chamonix
Portes du Soleil (any number of villages)
Grand Massif (again a number of villages)
La Clusaz/Le Grand Bornand

There's also Swiss resort options, I just don't know that side as well.
Geneva is particularly handy for a number of cheap shared transfers to resorts, particularly french resorts. In Switzerland, the public transport can get you right in to resort.

Innsbruck:
You could just stay in Innsbruck and bus up to a different area every day.
For a slightly further journey and skiing in one area:
Mayrhofen
St Anton
Ischgl

Salzburg:
Any village within the ski Amade area
https://www.skiamade.com/en

Zurich:
Engelberg
Most likely many others as well.
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From experience, Innsbruck and Salzburg don't have many flights so often don't work (this year the Innsbruck flights I could find were ~11AM), so have focused on Geneva, Zurich, or Munich. I don't know much about Italy but Turin/Milan might work too! To add to @swskier's list:

Zurich:
Andermatt (train)

Munich:
Will need to hire a car as the airport is a way out of town
Garmisch
Zillertal
And other resorts near Mayrhofen
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Add Megeve/St Gervais to the list
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Zurich is good.

Arosa & Davos are easy & cheap transfers via rail
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I've done:


GVA : PDS, Chamonix, St G/Megeve/Les C
Milan : Champoluc, Alagna
Turin : Sestriere/Sauze d'oulx
Innsbruck : Obergurgl, Solda
Zurich :Engelberg/Flims/Laax/Murren
Munich : Kitzbuhel

This is in no way exhaustive but those are the ones I have done and enjoyed. Of the list Solda and Murren are at the long end of transfers for a weekend.
In general I would always try to do 3 or 4 days rather than 2. Just much less hectic and better VFM
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This season not a good bet due to airlines pulling optimal flights (often at inadequate notice) plus general Vidadminballache. I used to do Engelberg quite frequently into Basle but the best flights seemed to change. Turin and Milan are good for just about anywhere in N Italy, INN is literally in the mountains so throw a rock. LYS surprisingly good for L2A/AlpDH. Renting a car, which has also become more expensive post vid is often a sanity maker (allows late afternoon/evening flight ex UK and similar return without stressing about missing trains/transfers).
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@Chaz, Are you strictly weekend (i.e. out after work on Friday, home after pistes close on Sunday) or an extended weekend e.g. after work on Thursday, home late Sunday or Monday?

For Switzerland you could also do Crans Montana or Verbier.
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Thanks all for these amazing tips! @halfhand Late Thursday to late Monday is exactly what I’m planning. Munich seems to be coming out on top in terms of best value flights with plenty of times available at the moment… and I’ve never skied Kitzbuhel before so that is tempting. I’m going to keep investigating with the tips above and let you all know what I end up with
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@Chaz, I'd have thought Geneva still has best flight /transfer infrastructure.
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@Chaz, How many in the party?

If there's only 1 or 2 of you, you need to look at public transport or shared transfers. If there's 4 or more taxis become affordable which gives you more scope.
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Barcelona always worked well for me for short solo trips, usually to Andorra.
Evening flight after work then hire a car and drive up, slightly longer drive but it's a breeze and car hire is extremely cheap out of Barca in winter, the last day was usually a full day skiing before driving back for another evening flight.
Geneva for Avoriaz also worked well- free parking at Prodains Gondola.
Lots of choices from Munich, step of the train and onto the gondola at Kitz, lockers in the station for a quick change!
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