Save your energy for the slopes, by taking the schlep out of your ski holiday and opting for one of these incredibly convenient European resorts. These snow-capped spots might look like super remote getaways, but they're all reachable in three hours or less from a London airport, boasting a huge variety of slopes and après draws for every type of winter sports fan.
Whether you want to bomb down breath-taking black runs at a former Winter Olympics Games site in Austria, sample Michelin-starred gastronomic delights between ski sessions, or opt for gentle family-style sliding down pretty tree-lined Italian slopes, you can go from chilling at home to feeling the chill of the mountain air in no time at all with these picks.
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The one for homebodies
Where? Cairngorm Mountain, Scotland
How long does it take to get there? Two hours and forty minutes total from London Gatwick or Luton, including a 60 minute drive from Inverness airport.
What’s the deal? For those who really, really don’t want to venture far from home, Cairngorm Mountain in Scotland should be your pick for winter fun. It may be smaller than its European counterparts, but still offers 30km of pisted runs, a freestyle park and on-site equipment hire. Snow can be a tad unpredictable, so best to check the website for up-to-date information. But even if skiing is a no-go, there are still plenty of activities to partake in – like tubing, hiking, and bird spotting.
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