Nearest ski resorts
Here's a taster of some of the most easily accessible resorts from the UK which are perfect for weekend breaks.
Innsbruck: no airport is better placed. In 20 minutes, you can be in the village of Igls, where the men's downhill of the 1976 Winter Olympics was held. There are huge number of other resorts to look at, including Mayrhofen, Solden, Obergurgl, St Anton, Ischgl, Kitzbühel and Alpbach.
Geneva: a great option because of the choice of flights from the UK, and the number of resorts which are nearby. These include Chamonix, Courmayeur, Flaine, Morzine, Samoens, Morillon, Avoriaz, and Megève (all of which are less than 90 minutes' drive).
Turin: good for Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx, Pila, Cervinia, La Thuile, and Monterosa.
A lot of weekenders book hire cars, and for more than two people it usually works out cheaper than a transfer bus. Don't get the smallest car, because you'll struggle to fit in your luggage, and might have difficulties on steep mountain roads too. Also, if you're booking a hire car in Geneva, never rent it from the French side of the airport, always the Swiss side. Access is much easier, snow tyres come as standard and your Swiss motorway tax will be paid.
Ski or snowboarding equipment
Travelling light on a weekend ski break is all very well - if you only have hand luggage, you won't be held up at the carousel in baggage reclaim. Travelling with just hand luggage will cut down on time in the airtport but weigh that against that the time you'll spend in the resort kitting yourselves out. If you have your own skis and boots you're better off taking them with you and spending an extra half an hour in the airport.
Ski and winter sports insurance
If you are planning more than one ski or snowboarding weekend, it makes sense to take out an annual travel insurance policy. Read more about winter sports travel insurance