Tips for Travelling to the Alps
Category: Locations > Samoens | 03rd Feb, 2019
A Guest Blog from Alps2Alps, the Ski Resort Transfer Company
The French Alps make a fantastic destination for top-notch skiing, mesmerising alpine views and taking in the fresh mountain air. Just what you need to perk yourself up during these dreary winter months!
If you’re thinking about buying a ski property, you may be researching how easy it is to get to different ski resorts. Travelling to the Alps doesn’t have to be long-winded or complicated. Many world class skiing destinations are easily accessible, perfect for a short break away from the daily grind.
We talked to Alps2Alps, the ski resort transfer company, for their top tips for travelling to the Alps this winter.
Choose Your Travel Times Carefully
Being flexible with dates can save you money on flights. Travelling midweek and during off-peak times means you can save your cash and avoid the crowds.
The earlier you book, the better deals you can find. For travel during the peak winter weeks, it pays to book as far ahead as possible; for other weeks of the season and the summer months, we recommend booking around two months before you plan to travel.
Check the Airlines Baggage Policy
Many airlines charge extra for flying with ski equipment. Make sure you check whether your skis are included in your standard allowance or if you need to pay an additional fee.
To sidestep this issue, why not leave your skis with a handy ski storage service? The Alps2Alps ski depot will care for your skis between trips and have them ready for you to pick up on the way back to your ski property or to another ski resort for your next trip. No more lugging bulky skis and snowboards through the airport!
Pick a Fantastic, Easily Accessible Ski Resort
If you’re a keen skier, we’ve broken down how to get to some of the best skiing spots in the Northern French Alps:
Getting to Morzine
Morzine is a charming ski resort located between Geneva and Mont Blanc, and the best known ski resort in the Portes du Soleil. Great for families, Morzine provides access to a vast ski area suitable for beginners and intermediates, with enough challenging terrain for expert skiers too. The traditional old town is a great place for a relaxed drink, and those on a budget will be relieved by the (comparatively) low prices.
Geneva airport is the nearest airport to Morzine; Chambery and Grenoble Airports are options too. A transfer from Geneva takes just over one hour, making it a great option for a short getaway.
If flying isn’t your thing, the train stations of Thonon-Les-Baines and Cluses are the closest and it’s easy to get a ski transfer from them. The Leman Express rail link, due to open in December 2019, will improve rail links even further to both stations.
Travelling to Chatel
Chatel is also part of the famous Portes du Soleil ski area attracting skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Excellent ski schools, a thriving après ski scene and heaps of off-piste entertainment position Chatel as a fantastic ski destination.
If you plan to fly to Chatel, the closest airport is Geneva airport.
Explore the Slopes in Les Gets
The traditional village of Les Gets is another popular choice for property owners in the Portes du Soleil area. The diverse skiing opportunities are perfect for adventurous intermediates; and it’s the perfect choice for keen mountain-bikers in the summer months.
When travelling by plane, the nearest airport is Geneva International, a short 1 hour 15 minute transfer journey.
The train station Gare de Cluses is only a 45 minute drive away, making Les Gets a convenient option for those who prefer to travel by train.
Enjoy the Peaceful Setting of Samoens
Samoens is located at the foot of the impressive Tête des Saix peak in the Grand Massif area. The best thing about Samoens, is it remains relatively untouched, with some parts dating back to the 12th Century. A great choice for a peaceful break and for families looking for space on the slopes. The village itself is often hailed one of the prettiest in France.
Geneva Airport has a transfer time of just over hour, and the Cluses train station is only 30 minutes away.
A Trip to St Gervais Les Bains
St Gervais Les Bains is one of the oldest and most well known ski resorts in the Alps, with well-preserved Belle Epoque architecture. At over 200 years old, the picturesque village is home to charming boutiques and lunch spots. Offering skiing to suit all abilities, St Gervais Les Bains, which links into the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area, keeps everyone happy.
Geneva Airport is just over an hour’s drive from the ski resort, while Chambery Airport is less than two hours away.
The Saint Gervais-Le Fayet train station is a 15 minute journey. How easy is that!
Getting to Combloux
Combloux is affectionally referred to as ‘the pearl of Mont Blanc’ due to its close proximity to Europe’s highest peak and its breath-taking 360 degree views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Well connected ski areas and a snow park will appeal to skiers, while activities such as dog-sledding, hiking and ice-skating are on offer for any non-skiers.
Combloux is only 1 hour minutes’ drive from Geneva Airport, or arrange a ski transfer from the train station at St Gervais-Le Fayet.
Book A Reliable Ski Transfer
If one of these incredible ski resorts has caught your eye, it’s time to book a viewing trip – or a ski holiday.
If you prefer not to drive or catch the train, the last important tip is to book a reliable ski transfer straight from the airport to your ski resort. This way you can save time for exploring the slopes and relaxing with loved ones.
Alps2Alps offer an affordable, fuss-free ski transfer service to whisk you to your resort swiftly and safely. Time to pack!
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