Five Fast Track Routes To Ski Powder This Easter
When you’ve only got a limited amount of time to play with, the speed at which you can get from where you are right now to where you want to be on the slopes counts for a lot. Take your time, choose the scenic route or plan badly and you could waste days on travelling alone. By contrast, take a tip or two from the pros and you could find yourself hurtling down the runs the very same day you set off.
Much of the journey time will come down to how busy things are – peak season rushes should be avoided if time is not on your side. But even if you have no choice but to travel at a peak time, you could still make the most of your days on the slopes by choosing your destination and travel options wisely.
Here’s a quick look at five examples of genuine fast-track routes to ski nirvana:
Geneva – Chamonix
Getting to Chamonix from Geneva Airport will on a good day take you no more than an hour. So even factoring in the formalities at either side, that’s no more than about two hours from plane to piste. The easiest and fastest way of getting to the action is by car, coach or private transfer service – just 60 minutes on the A40 and you’ll be where you need to be. There are train services too, but can take anything from two hours to a full four hours, so aren’t exactly the quickest ways to go.
Zurich – Wengen
Zurich Airport is well-positioned to get you right into the heart of Europe’s amazing ski resorts in a hurry, but there are few that are more worth your time…and the short distance at that…than Wengen. The resort itself is simply awesome, but perhaps best of all it’s located less than two hours by car or three hours by train from the main station at Zurich Airport. The train service itself is both wonderfully reliable and regular throughout the season, with selected services operating even when the snow isn’t at its best.
St. Anton am Arlberg Railway Station is situated slap bang in the middle of the resort centre and makes for some superbly easy transfers from Innsbruck. There are regular train services covering the 100km stretch which can be dealt with in about 90 minutes depending on how busy things get. Or, if you’d prefer to drive, you’ll need a Vignette and should leave two hours door to door.
Bourg St Maurice is a brilliant place to head for both newcomers and professional skiers alike, which also has the added bonus of being easily reachable from London St Pancras station. The trip itself takes approximately seven to eight hours, but gives travellers the opportunity to take in some of the most incredible sights of France along the way. Not only this, but the sheer speed and convenience of the service make it the only realistic option when short on time – the road journey would be an epic one.
The distance from Turin to Courmayeur is approximately 150km which by road and rail alike amounts to a journey of approximately three hours, sometimes less if conditions are on your side. There are plenty of organised transfer services operating larger coaches and minibuses from the airport to the heart of the resorts beyond, though the drive itself can be a pleasure if the mood takes you. The Aosta Valley A5 toll motorway is quite the delight to traverse, though it’s worth bearing in mind that parking in Courmayeur can be a problem and most of the hotels around town will charge a premium for cars.