When you’ve only a few days to spend away, somewhere that lets you immediately relax is just the ticket.
Italy’s brilliant for this; infectiously laid back with a focus on good skiing and good food. The value for money is terrific here too, with everything from lift passes to lunches costing less than you’d find in France or Switzerland.
Flights tend to take around 2 hours, with most transfers between 1-2 hours. Weekend break accommodation in Italy is mainly hotels, and you’ll find a huge range from luxury 5* properties to simpler 3* lodgings. Choose B&B if you want to explore the local eateries, whether you prefer family-run pizzerias or acclaimed Michelin star restaurants. If you’d rather get meals sorted before you set off, opt for half board or all-inclusive.
Courmayeur – a stylish Italian mountain town near Mont Blanc and the French border, with a quiet ski area and awesome potential for off piste.
Sauze d’Oulx – old-time party town Sauze belongs to the Franco-Italian Milky Way ski area, which gives you oodles of pistes to fill your break with.
That’s not your lot! If you’re happy to expand your search to include other nations, we have a bundle of breaks available in France, Austria and Switzerland too – or you can browse all short breaks worldwide here.