select - Ski Sites

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Who says you can' go skiing and still enjoy all the amenities, dining, and nightlife of an urban setting In some of the world's cities, the mountains are only a short ride away - and in one of them, the mountain has come to the city.

 

Geneva

Stand in the centre of Geneva on the lakefront and you can see the Jura Mountains on one side and the French Alps on the other, including Western Europe's highest peak, Mont Blanc. With some 200 ski resorts within a 100km radius of the city, Geneva lays claim to being the world's best ski and snowboarding hub, with a variety to suit all levels of sporting prowess, whether beginner slopes that allow novices their first wobble in the snow, or off-piste challenges and glacier skiing to thrill the experts. Many of the best resorts lie just over the border in France, including Chamonix, Avoriaz, Les Gets, Flaine, and Les Contamines but, at the far end of Lake Geneva, the Swiss Alps are home to the likes of Leysin, Les Diablerets, Morgins, Verbier, and elegant Gstaad.


WHY
Almost surrounded by the Jura and the Alps, Geneva lies within a two-hour drive of some of Europe's best ski resorts.


WHERE
Switzerland's second-largest city lies in the far western, French-speaking part of the country on the border with France.


HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways flies from Doha to Geneva five times a week.
 

 


Tokyo

Japan boasts some of the world's best ski resorts, many on the northern island of Hokkaido. But when the skiers of Tokyo want a quick getaway just for the day, they head to the Niigata and Nagano regions on the bullet train, where a variety of smaller resorts lie within two hours of leaving home. These include picturesque Nozawa Onsen, which also offers traditional hot spring resorts, and Shiga Kogen, whose linked snowfields, renowned for their powder, hosted some of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic events. One of the closest ski resorts to Tokyo is Yuzawa, just over an hour by train - with ski lifts departing from right beside the station - and neighbouring Naeba, with a huge variety of runs and reliable snow. Many of the resorts have hotels for those wanting to stay overnight.


WHY
Few world capitals enable you to escape to the mountains, enjoy a day of skiing, and be back in time for dinner.


WHERE
Tokyo is located on the eastern side of central Honshu, Japan's most populous island.


HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways has daily flights from Doha to Tokyo.
 

 


Dubai

Outside it might be 27°C, but inside the Mall of the Emirates it's below zero, with locals stuffing themselves into thermal coats and ski boots for the big cold. Ski Dubai is the world's third-largest indoor ski slope, with 6,000 tonnes of snow and a slope 400m long with a vertical drop of 70m; there are also toboggan runs and an ice cave.


WHY
The largest indoor snow park in the world, and the only indoor ski area in the Middle East, provides plenty of family fun.


WHERE


HOW TO GET THERE
Qatar Airways flies from Doha to Dubai eight times a day.
 

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