Combining a ski-trip with a city break is surprisingly easy and no, we’re not talking about indoor slopes. These are the cities where you can visit museums, brush up on your history, wander the old town, eat like royalty and fit in a few hours on the slopes.
The Bergiselschanze ski jump overlooks Innsbruk
The Austrian city of Innsbruck is often described as the Alps’ largest ski resort and the city does actually have several ski resorts and ski hotels within the city limits. Start your trip with a visit to the Bergiselschanze – a remarkable ski jump designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid – for a panoramic view of Innsbruck.
Skiiers at Parc du Mont-Royal in Montreal
All kinds of winter sports are on offer in Montreal, and cross-country skiers are especially well served as many of the city parks offer specially tailored ski routes. Parc du Mont-Royal is walkable from the city center and ski-rental is available, although there is also the option to book a hotel that will organize door-to-door ski valet service like at the Hôtel Le Germain Montréal.
Santiago and the Andes
Santiago is one of the only cities in the world where you can start the day sunbathing on the beach and finish it on the slopes. The Andes are only two hours’ travel from the Santiago city center and many of the ski operators offer eco-friendly options for environmentally-minded guests. For immediate access to the slopes, hotels like W Santiago have their own helipad for easy access to the slopes.
Salt Lake City, USA
Snowbird ski resort in Utah
When it comes to combining city breaks and skiing the state of Utah is ahead of the game, and Salt Lake City in particular has everything ski-hungry city-hoppers could desire. The city’s nearby ski resorts hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics and, as a result, there are plenty of public transport options for travelers planning to stay in the city center. The Residence Inn offers easy access to four ski resorts, including the ever-popular Snowbird Ski area.
The snowy Munich Frauenkirche
Munich is ideally situated for travelers hoping to combine sightseeing and skiing. There are plenty of ski resorts within a few hours of the city by public transport, and a regular train service runs to the nearby Austrian resorts. After a day (or a few days) on the slopes, warm up at the Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel luxury spa baths.
Yuzawa Snow Resort, near Tokyo
Tokyo can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned traveler, especially when it comes to choosing which of the many historic monuments, alternative shopping districts, museums and green spaces to explore first. Thankfully travelers looking to chill out will find that many ski resorts are only an hour’s drive from Tokyo city center. Or escape the city completely for a few nights and stay at the GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort (the nearest ski slopes to Tokyo) and refresh before you get back to urban exploring.
The Wyller ski slopes in Oslo
The 20-minute metro ride from Oslo city center to the ski slopes at Oslo Vinterpark isn’t the only reason the Norwegians keep dominating the Winter Olympics. But having such easy access is a bit of a gift and visitors flock to the Norwegian capital flock to make the most of it. After a day wandering around Oslo’s Old Town, head out to the Vinterpark for some atmosphere night skiing.