Best Ski Resorts From Gatwick Airport

With the summer sun well and truly set, it’s time to run for the hills and have some fun on the slopes. Here’s our guide to the best Alpine ski resorts you can fly to from Gatwick Airport.

Ski Resorts To Fly To From Gatwick Airport

Whether you’re an expert heading off-piste or looking for slopes to suit the whole family, we’ve got a resort for you. Don’t forget to check out our infographic on the cost of travelling with ski equipment to make sure you have the budget in advance.

Late-season skiing:

Resort: Val Thorens, France

Reason to go: Europe’s highest resort and best late snow

Nearest airport: Lyon

If you have to organise your ski trip around school holidays or work commitments, then Val Thorens is the perfect resort for you. While other resorts are floundering in slush, Val Thorens is Europe’s highest resort at 2,300m – promising the best snow in the Three Valleys ski area late into April. There are plenty of black, red and blue runs to suit all levels of skill, while a selection of green nursery slopes are free to use for rookie skiers. Val Thoren’s is great for snowboarders, too. It’s a lively resort, so don’t expect a quiet Alpine break, with plenty of restaurants and bars keeping the party going as late as you like.

Best family skiing:

Resort: Obergurgl, Austria
Reason to go: Traditional, family-friendly atmosphere

Nearest airport: Innsbruck

One of the best resorts for high-quality snow, Obergurgl has a virtually traffic-free centre, easy slopes and traditional-style buildings that will make it a magical experience for kids. There is a host of ski clubs and childcare options available – so mum and dad will get the chance to take on the more challenging slopes, too. Its slopes reach over 3000m, allowing a long season from November to April – so book your holiday right through the Easter holidays. The child-friendly resort offers free lift passes for those aged nine and under. Once on the slopes, the gentle, well-maintained runs are perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers. There are plenty of modern lifts, so don’t expect to spend you break standing in queues. The bars get busy as the lifts close, but heading out to dinner later in the evening is a far more relaxed experience.

Family Ski Holidays Flying From Gatwick

Best budget skiing:

Resort: Mayrhofen, Austria
Reason to go: High-quality skiing at reasonable prices

Nearest airport: Innsbruck

Budget skiing might be something of a misnomer, but it is possible to keep the costs to a minimum by straying slightly off-piste with your choice of Alpine resort. Mayrhofen is just one such destination. Sitting at the floor of a valley, it doesn’t look the most likely location for a ski resort, but head beyond the steep wooded slopes surrounding it and there’s great skiing for everyone – 27 red runs, 22 blue and three black. Adrenaline junkies will also note that Mayrhofen is home to Austria’s steepest marked slope – the somewhat aptly-named Hara Kiri. Away from the slopes, the village offers plenty of traditional hotels, bars and restaurants. So what about costs? Flights from Gatwick aside, we reckon you should be able to ski, sleep and eat for less that £500 per person for a week on the slopes (including ski lessons).

Best weekend ski break:

Resort: Head to Grenoble Airport, France
Reason to go: Quick access to France’s biggest skiing areas

Nearest airport: Grenoble

Head to Gatwick, jump on a plane and head to Grenoble Airport. Once there, pick up your hire car or shuttle bus and head to the hills. From Grenoble, you have three of France’s biggest ski regions at your disposal. Hundreds of ski resorts are located within 2.5 hours drive from the airport. Resorts such as Megeva, Les Deux Alpes, Brides-Les-Bains, Alpe d’Huez, Le Toussuire, Meribel and Courchevel are all within easy reach of the airport. Fly on a Friday and you’ll be back at your desk for 9am Monday.

Weekend Ski Holidays From Gatwick

Best resort for non-skiers:

Resort: Kitzbühel, Austria
Reason to go: Enjoy the magic of mountains without the need to ski

Nearest airport: Innsbruck

Just because you don’t ski, it doesn’t mean you should be excluded from heading to the mountains. While your friends are on the slopes, non-skiing visitors to Kitzbühel won’t be left with nothing but a glass of Gluhwein for company. The medieval market town dates back to the 1300s and is a stunning place to explore, but being a non-skier doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the snow as well. There are winter trails to explore, along with horse-drawn sleigh rides and tobogganing to keep you busy. It’s also a great town for foodies, with a wide range of excellent restaurants to sample the local cuisine. You certainly don’t need to be wearing skis to enjoy yourself in this resort.

Enjoy the slopes! Just don’t forget your travel insurance and (of course) your Gatwick airport parking – or your Gatwick airport hotels and parking packages if you want an easy morning flight!

1 comment for “Best Ski Resorts From Gatwick Airport

  1. James Hartnell
    11/12/2013 at 1:18 pm

    Good article and very true about Val Thorens. We go there every Easter holiday with the kids and it is good snow even then.

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