Of all the many and varied requirements people share with us when looking for their ideal ski holiday, ski in/ski out location is among the most popular. For convenience and time-saving, a ski in/ski out chalet is hard to beat… You awake to a delicious breakfast with tea and coffee, before wrapping up for the slopes, clipping into your skis or strapping onto your board, and hitting the snow. Ski in/ski out chalets and hotels offer the best way to make the very most of your time in the mountains.

Easy piste access

From a piste-side position, the main lifts and gondolas in your ski resort of choice are always going to be close by, saving you time and hassle in the mornings. With no long walks in heavy ski boots to the nearest lift, no skis or snowboard to carry around, and no busses full of fellow skiers all hoping to beat the queues to the gondola, your time on the snowy slopes begins with ease each morning. This can be particularly useful for families with young children, or grandparents who can’t manage a long walk.

Where to find ski in/ski out accommodation

You can find ski in/ski out chalets and hotel in diverse ski resorts right across the Alps, but there are some resorts where ski in/ski out accommodation is just more prevalent. Purpose-built resorts like La Plagne, Val Thorens and Avoriaz are designed with skiers’ and snowboarders’ convenience in mind, and therefore offer a wide range of ski in/ski out accommodation. On the other hand, traditional Alpine destinations such as Meribel and St Anton were towns before they were ski resorts – so their ski in/ski out accommodation offerings are comparatively harder to find here. 

Here, we offer a quick run-through of a few of our favourite ski resorts, where ski in/ski out chalets and hotels are reassuringly commonplace. You’ll find plenty of learner-friendly terrain within easy reach, swift lifts and gondolas close by for easy access to the slopes above, and no long walks from the base of the piste back to your accommodation.


The clifftop town of Avoriaz is famous for its terrain parks, the most impressive of which is the Stash – an all-wood park nestled in the forest, and built by Burton. 

Les Arcs / La Plagne

Located in the Paradiski area, Les Arcs and La Plagne offer a mix of traditional villages and purpose-built blocks. For families and learners, they’re great resort choices to make.


What Obertauern lacks in charm and character, it makes up for in piste-side ski access. Criss-crossed by intermediate-friendly pistes, Obertauern offers generally superb snow coverage from the end of November through to early May.

Val Thorens and Les Menuires

Nestled within the mighty Three Valleys ski area, Val Thorens and Les Menuires offer some of the simplest ski access you could hope for. The two resorts sit close to each other, with a spectacular range of terrain within easy reach.

Alpe d’Huez

A mix of traditional Alpine town and purpose-built resort, Alpe d’Huez is widely considered among France’s must-ski destinations. Broad, high-altitude slopes offer terrain for a wide range of abilities, and lively après ski makes it a popular resort choice. 

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