Munich and beyond

A weekend or longer trip, more expensive but still relatively on budget.

Ski resorts

Lots of them! Just to name a few: Hintertux in Zillertal, Kitzsteinhorn at Zell am See, Söll, Herzogstand, Dammkar, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Budget
  • Train: from 150eur return trip
  • Skipass: from 50eur/day
  • Accommodation: from 60eur
Itineraries by train (to Munich)

A suitable EuroNight (sleeper) train via Hannover leaves at 19:49 and arrives at 7:05.
Return: EuroNight via Mannheim, 20:44 > 06:06.

December: ~150eur return w/o BahnCard, 120eur with BahnCard 25
January: 104eur with BahnCard 25

There’s also an option to save some money by going back on Monday during the day on ICE train.

Itineraries by plane (to Munich)

Now there’s only direct Lufthansa option from ~150eur return flight + 50eur skis (see KIWI).

Itineraries to resorts
  • Mayrhofen: 2.5hr away by train from Munich Hbf, 44eur return.
  • Söll: 1.5hr away by train (from Munich Hbf to Wörgl Hbf), 52eur return.
  • A couple of nice places in Bavaria reached best by car, e.g. Herzogstand, Dammkar.
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen & Zugspitze: ~1.5hr by train from Munich Hbf to Garmisch + ~1hr Zahnradbahn to Zugspitze. There’s also a cheap overnight FlixBus from Berlin to Garmisch.
More info

We have to say Garmisch and Zugspitze are slightly boring and overpriced. If you’re interested in having a beer on the highest point of Germany, go ahead, but otherwise, it makes sense to go there only after a really good snowfall.

Innsbruck, Austria

A bit more expensive option with shorter travel time.

Ski resorts

Mayrhofen, Stubel/Arlberg

Itineraries by plane

airberlin/NIKI direct from TXL (KIWI) — to be updated due to airberlin’s bankruptcy.

Mayrhofen: 1.5hr drive, 1.5hr by train (http://fahrplan.oebb.at/bin/query.exe/en), 26eur return trip.

Geneva, Switzerland

Note: avoid the French school holidays period (Feb 06 — Mar 06)!

Ski resorts

Chamonix, Megeve, Nendaz (CH)

Itineraries

Direct flights by easyJet (KIWI).

Chamonix: 80km
http://www.chamonix.net/english/transport/coach
http://www.easybus.com/en/geneva-airport/cheapest-airport-transfers

— check snow report before travel and select the place accordingly?

More info

I always have to google the name of this French non-profit organization with interesting packages, so I’ll write it down here: https://www.ucpa-vacances.com/ski/

Lyon, France

Top slopes all around! Good for a longer getaway.

Ski resorts

Alpe d’Huez
Les 2 Alpes

Itineraries

easyJet direct flight (KIWI)
SXF>LYS morning; FlixBus to Alpe d’Huez or a bus to Grenoble and then Transisere on
LYS>SXF early morning

Milan, Italy

Another great weekend+ option.

Ski resorts

Courmayer

Itineraries

Direct flights by Ryanair (KIWI)
Fri 8:00 PM – 9:45 PM >>
Mon 8:40 AM – 10:25 AM <<
Taking Monday off, riding on Saturday and Sunday, staying 2 nights in Bergamo.

Car rent: 3 days from 60eur.

Courmayeur: 220 km; cheap transfer should be available.

Venice, Italy

Unexpected destination, Venice is cheap to fly to in winter, so it’s a great port of entry on your way to Dolomites or Slovenian ski resorts.

Makes sense in case of Friday+Monday off.

Ski resorts

Val Gardena
Something in Slovenia?

Itinerary

Ryanair from 27 EUR (KIWI)
SXF>TSF morning
TSF>SXF midday

Val Gardena: 300 km (4 hr drive) from Venice.
Car hire: 3 days from 80eur.

Malaga, Spain

A rare combo of sea and snow in one weekend.

Ski resorts

Sierra Nevada: very sunny, best snow presumably in January

Itinerary by plane

easyJet from 100eur (KIWI)
SXF>AGP: Fri evening
AGP>SXF Mon evening

Sierra Nevada: 160km by car.
Car hire: 3 days from 70eur.

Other

To be explored…
  • Sofia, Bulgaria (direct afternoon flight by Ryanair): Bansko (2.5 hours by shuttle, 40eur return)
  • Barcelona, Spain (direct flights)
  • Grenoble, France (no direct flights but this is a great base anyway)
Package holidays

Requires some additional research.