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Our top 3 ski destinations from Newcastle International Airport

Your snow-capped adventure in Europe awaits.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 09.12.2023

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Whether you’re a rookie on the slopes or a seasoned skier, Newcastle International Airport provides weekly flights to the best ski destinations in Europe.

Experience the rush of adrenaline as you race the pristine slopes, before immersing yourself in a spa surrounded by breathtaking mountain views and sipping a steaming mulled wine.

Here are the ski destinations on our must-visit list this winter from Newcastle International Airport.

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MEGÈVE, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 

Flight duration: approximately 2 hours

Frequency: weekly flights throughout winter with Jet2 and TUI, and twice weekly with easyJet

Transfer time: 1 hour

Megève isn’t just a ski resort; it’s a French alpine gem that’s been charming snow enthusiasts for ages. Home to fancy hotels and designer shops, it gives Courchevel a run for its money, but there’s more to Megève than meets the eye.

Explore the enchanting medieval town centre that feels like stepping into a winter fairy tale. The ski area? Surprisingly vast and ready to explore. Plus, short transfers mean you’ll be sipping hot cocoa in your hotel within an hour from Geneva Airport.

 

WHERE TO STAY

The Four Seasons

With distinct French character and pure alpine tradition, this modern chalet offers ski-in/ski-out access, the region’s largest spa and a starred restaurant, La Dame de Pic – Le 1920.

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Novotel Megève Mont-Blanc

Nestled in a cosy chalet-style building, is this laid-back hotel just 1 km from Megève Ski Resort. Expect welcoming rooms with mountain-view balconies, rustic charm at the bar with a terrace and luxury spa.

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WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

La Ferme

The food is incredible and as the night goes on it turns into a club and everyone ends up dancing on the tables.

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Flocons de Sel

Get the taste of luxury at this Michelin-star restaurant, a fine dining option within an intimate location.

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Les 5 Rues

This jazz bar is a hidden gem in the centre of the village, complete with live music, a wide range of beverages and an overall great vibe.

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Le Hibou Blanc

This cosy pub has a gorgeous sunny terrace which is ideal for having a cocktail, or two, a warm and modern Alpine decor and beautiful mountain views.

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BANSKO, SOFIA, BULGARIA

Flight duration: approximately 2 hours

Frequency: weekly flights throughout winter with Balkan

Transfer time: 2 hours

Bulgaria is a dream come true for ski enthusiasts – think amazing weather, awe-inspiring mountain peaks, and prices that won’t break the bank. Now, let’s talk about Bansko. Nestled just 93 miles southeast of Sofia, this eco-friendly haven is a ski paradise.

With 18 slopes of varying difficulty, 15 ski lifts, and an après-ski scene that’s the talk of the town, Bansko is the full package. Consistently crowned “Best Ski Resort in Bulgaria” since 2013 at the World Ski Awards, it offers a journey through history, culture, and tradition, all against the stunning Pirin Mountains backdrop.

 

WHERE TO STAY

Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko

Nestled at the foot of Pirin Mountain, this chic alpine-style hotel offers cosy rooms with balconies and mountain views. Enjoy spa access, saunas and hydro-massage tubs after a day on the slopes and Indulge in a Mediterranean buffet or Japanese cuisine.

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Grand Hotel Bansko

Explore modern luxury with mountain charm at this trendy hotel, 2 km from Bansko Ski Mania. Think stylish rooms, chic apartments with a whirlpool, glass-enclosed bedrooms, and warm fireplaces. Enjoy a refined restaurant, nightclub, casino, outdoor pool, and spa. Plus, there’s a playroom and arcade for the little ones.

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WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

Bansko Tavern Chevermeto

An authentic and cosy restaurant in Bansko for traditional Bulgarian cuisine, delicious barbecue and Bulgarian cheverme, and live music.

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Matsurev Inn

A cosy pub that offers traditional Bulgarian cuisine, and traditional Bansko specialities prepared on embers, on a plate and in a furnace.

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Happy End

Finish off the day with a round of drinks at Happy End featuring casino nights, traditional steins of beer and cosy vibes.

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Piano Bar Sing Sing

With live music, luxurious decor and an extensive cocktail menu, Piano Bar Sing Sing is a chic and glamorous spot for late-night entertainment.

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ST JOHANN, SALZBURG, AUSTRIA

Flight duration: approximately 2 hours

Frequency: weekly flights throughout winter with Jet2, Crystal Ski and TUI

Transfer time: 1 hour

Nestled between two majestic peaks, St Johann is a vibrant year-round haven, boasting medieval squares alive with bars and restaurants. The compact ski area is perfect for beginners, offering a nursery zone and scenic blues and reds for progression.

St Johann radiates Tyrolean charm, showcasing frescoed buildings and a domed church in a central square. Evenings are laid-back and friendly, with après-ski vibes and local brewery steins. Whether you’re into traditional or modern vibes, the accommodation choices are fantastic. St Johann is not just a ski destination; it’s an immersive Alpine experience for all.

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel & Wirtshaus Post

Nestled in the heart of the village, this charming 18th-century post-office-turned-hotel offers a cosy stay just minutes from the train station and Harschbichl gondola. With traditional rooms, a bar, and a Tyrolean restaurant, it’s a perfect retreat.

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Sentido Alpenhotel Kaiserfels

Perched with a view of Kitzbüheler Horn Mountain, this laid-back ski-in/ski-out hotel, just 3 km from the Bergbahn St. Johann gondola, offers modern rooms and balconies overlooking the slopes. Enjoy continental breakfast in the club lounge and indulge in 3 bars, 2 restaurants, and a spa with an indoor pool and saunas.

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WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

Villa Masianco

Explore global flavours with a diverse 16-page menu. Indulge in international delights like pizza, pasta, Mediterranean, Latin American, wok specialities, steaks, and salads.

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Grander Schupf

Experience the unique charm of skiing life – authentic, cosy, and modern Alpine architecture. Indulge in speciality cuisine, fine wines, and sunlit terrace delights.

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Cubo Skylounge

Experience mountain-top vibes at this stylish sky lounge – savour homemade lemonades, speciality coffees, teas, and unique cocktails with stunning views.

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Post Bar

Step into this legendary urban Moroccan-inspired lounge. Think cosy corners, warm vibes, and innovative tipples.

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