Ski in, Ski out Hotels

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As much as we love a hotel with a spa or star-spangled restaurant, it’s proximity to the piste that really matters.

Putting you in schussing distance of alpine adventure, doorstep-skiing’s when you just want to get up and go.

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What do 'doorstep skiing' and 'ski in, ski out' mean?

'Doorstep skiing' conjures images of opening a front door, extending a leg and gliding straight onto a piste. And while this dream is reality in a lot of ski hotels, there can be a bit more to it than that. Hotels anywhere up to 250m from a run use the term; others are moments from a lift rather than the slopes.

Follow these tips to finding your perfect piste-side pad > >

SNO's top tips for finding a hotel with doorstep skiing

1. Know your level

The doorstep label's so general; the nearest run to your hotel could be a black – one man's morning thrill, another's waking nightmare – so you need to tread carefully here. Most with “skiing to the door” are accessed via “unpisted track”, a short dash - mostly manageable for a good skier, which might vary wildly with snow conditions. Even when access is to a set of lifts rather than a run, it's worth finding out what colours the trails at the top are - in Alpe d'Huez having doorstep access to the GDE Sure lift's no good when you need the Les Bergers beginners area on the opposite side…

2. Find out the figures

Pay close attention to the number of meters yours is from a piste or a lift, and how hilly the walk is. 50m might feel like a trek for tired legs in ski boots if it's an uphill climb, where 150m of flat could be a lot more manageable. If you can't find the details, ask our experts to do some digging.

3. Can't live without doorstep skiing?

We're the first to admit – after a week staying piste-side, anything further out sounds like a drag. But if you find a fantastic place that's not on the piste, a short morning commute isn't so bad – especially if you book ski lockers. Leaving skis, poles and boots at the lifts overnight and walking to and fro in comfier shoes makes a mighty difference (and often lockers come free with ski hire).

4. Widen the search

If you have a daily school run to be on time for, proximity to a lesson meeting point will be invaluable. And there are lots of benefits to staying closer to the action in town… Particularly if you're staying with non-skiers, or want to make the most of the night life.

Other good options are hotels with their own shuttle service - these deliver you fresh to all the main ski spots, without the chaos of the public ski buses.

5. Pick a purpose built resort

Not all resorts were created equal in the ski in / ski out stakes. If ease of access is important to you, purpose-built snow sanctuaries like Avoriaz, Flaine, La Plagne and Val Thorens are going to have much more to offer than lower places that look pretty. See our top 10 resorts for doorstep skiing here.

Best ski in, ski out hotels

Hotel Rating Resort Country Rooms Features
Club Med Meribel Le Chalet 4 tridents Meribel France 34 Ski from the door into the 3 Valleys
Hotel Pic Blanc 4 Alpe d’Huez France 92 Opposite the lifts, ski school meeting point & beginner slopes
Hotel Hermitage 3 Sauze d’Oulx Italy 26 On the main slope back to the resort, opposite the chairlift
Club Med Tignes Val Claret 4 tridents Tignes France 229 Ski to the hotel door
Hotel Vancouver 3 La Plagne France 42 Piste-side
Hotel Bristol 3 Saas Fee Switzerland 19 Ski in/out, opposite slopes and ski school meeting point
Club Med Aime La Plagne 3 tridents La Plagne France 243 Ski to the door
Hotel Koh-I Nor 5 Val Thorens France 63 At the top of the resort, ski in & out
Hotel Club Les Bergers 3 Alpe d’Huez France 194 Ski in access – at the foot of the slopes & near lifts
Club Med La Plagne 2100 4 tridents La Plagne France 326 At the foot of the slopes
Hotel Village Montana Le Lac 4 Tignes France 79 On the slopeside
Hotel Les Grand Rousses 4 Alpe d’Huez France 52 Ski in/out, next to drag lift & opposite ski life
Hotel Ducs de Savoie 3 Courchevel France 71 In Jardin Alpin with direct access to slopes
Hotel Des Dromonts 4 Avoriaz France 34 Ski in, Ski out onto Portes du Soleil
Club Med Meribel Antares 4 tridents Meribel France 70 Mountainside location
Hotel Jenewein 4 Obergurgl Austria 40 Ski in/out opposite gondola, next to ski school meeting place
Hotel Les Cimes du Soleil 4 Avoriaz France 252 Ski in, ski out onto the Portes du Soleil
Hotel Arlberg 5 Lech Austria 52 Can ski from & to the door
Taj-I Mah 5 Les Arcs France 48 Ski in/out location with lifts & ski school meeting point opposite
Waldorf Astoria Park City 5 Park City USA 175 Ski-in hotel at the foot of the mountain

We update this list often but facilities can change, so if any specific feature is essential to your trip, make sure you ask us to confirm the details before you book your holiday.

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