The Ultimate Ski-In, Ski-Out Destinations

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It’s no secret that ski-in, ski-out is the dream when it comes to a ski holiday. Just ask anyone who’s ever had to walk more than 30 yards in ski boots… At the end of the day, you just want to get out of the cold and curl up by the fire with a hot chocolate or mulled wine, not hike across town or squash onto a crowded shuttle bus. Yep, there are no two ways about it – ski-in, ski-out is the way forward!

However, your chances of finding your perfect ski-in, ski-out holiday does depend somewhat on your choice of resort, as some ski resorts offer far more ski-in, ski-out options than others.  Luckily for us Brits, it’s just a short hop over the channel to France, where ski-in, ski-out resorts are something of a speciality!

From spacious chalets and luxury hotels to great value apartments, there’s something for everyone in these resorts:

Val Thorens

Set within the huge 3 Vallées ski area, Val Thorens is one of the Alps’ best resorts for reliable snowfall, so makes a great spot for early and late season skiing. The resort itself is located at an impressive 2,300m above sea level, making it one of the highest in the Alps. The infrastructure here is fantastic, with quick, modern lifts whisking you up to the peaks (and altitudes of up to 3,000m!) in no time.

Ski-in, ski-out accommodation is located throughout the resort, with pistes running through the Val Thorens allowing you to ski right to your door even if you’re staying in some of the more central spots. Consider locations near the Place de Caron, the Rue de Soleil, or the Plein Sud piste.

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La Plagne

Ski-in, ski-out comes naturally in La Plagne. Like many resorts in the world-class Paradiski area, La Plagne is driven by the idea that skiing should be hassle-free – time should be spent on the slopes, not in lift queues, buses or traipsing around town with an armful of skis!

Plagne Soleil and its next-door neighbour, Plagne Villages, offer impeccable ski-in, ski-out accommodations, thanks to three gentle pistes that entwine themselves around the various hotels and apartments. These pistes end up at the lift hub at Plagne Centre, so one simple descent in the morning and you have access to lifts ready to whisk you up in every direction! These runs are fairly unchallenging, making La Plagne a great ski-in, ski-out destination for families or beginners.

If you’ve ever heard a horror story about ‘ski-in, ski-out’ actually meaning ‘ski-through-a-steep-unpisted-field-to-get-home’ – La Plagne is the total opposite of that. Here, ski-in, ski-out is practically effortless.

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Arc 1950

When it comes to a fully ski-in, ski-out resort, Arc 1950 is probably the closest you’re ever going to get!

From the very beginning, accessibility has been a guiding principle in Les Arcs’ development, with access to the resort from the valley by electric cable car. The charming village of Arc 1950 has low-rise chalets spread around a fully pedestrianised central square, crossed by part of the Baptiste Giabiconi trail, which provides almost instant access to the snow from every one of its résidences. You can start skiing as soon as you’ve snapped your boot buckles shut.

Of course, what happens next depends on your ability. Intermediates will enjoy the great swathe of red and blue pistes above Arc 1600 and Arc 1800, accessed via the Bois de l’Ours and Comborcière chairlifts beneath the village. Meanwhile, experts will be salivating at the thought of the off-piste descents on the 2,732m Aiguille Rouge, gateway to the fabulous Paradiski area. Either way, with cosy restaurants beckoning on the plaza on your return, the sense of convenience is all-encompassing.

Arc 1950 Le Village

Les Orres

The beautiful resort of Les Orres is one of our favourite hidden gems in the French Alps and a dream for families looking for the ultimate ski-in, ski-out convenience. The resort holds the ‘Famille Plus’ accreditation, meaning it meets the highest standards of family facilities and offers a huge variety of off slope activities to entertain the kids. The ski area offers 100km of slopes, from tree-lined runs to dramatic descents – more than enough for mum and dad to enjoy too. Les Orres also have an impressive focus on their environmental impact, so is definitely a spot we’d recommend for anyone looking to travel more responsibly this winter.


There’s so much skiing to enjoy in Avoriaz that ski-in, ski-out is a must – why waste you leg muscles walking back to your accommodation when you can be preserving them for more time on the snow?!

This stunning resort is a true winter wonderland, with its dramatic mountainside location and easy access to the massive ski area of the Portes du Soleil. It’s another highly snow-sure destination, with the highest average snowfall of any French ski resort.

The resort seems almost to be designed for ski-in, ski-out holidays, with pistes surrounding the resort that allow you to start skiing just a few metres from your doorstep. The entire resort is fully pedestrianised, so the only traffic you’ll face is on the pistes home – though we can’t say we’ve ever experienced a skiing traffic jam!

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