There are many reasons why you might consider a winter sports outing from Lugano. If you are living in the city as an expat you are sure to want to try out the world's best ski and snowboard destinations during your assignment. If you are here on business it would be a shame not to take at least a day out to visit the slopes. As a lively town with a rich cultural heritage, dominated by the view of the mountains across the lake, Lugano makes an outstanding centre for a ski or snowboard holiday.
Lugano is part of the most efficient road network and public transport system in the world. It makes getting there, and back, a large part of the enjoyment of a day out in the mountains, especially using public transport. There is no stress, indeed the trip out there is therapeutic and the journey back is a great opportunity to enjoy some apres ski beers as a most amazing backdrop passes by. Incidentally for one, two and six day outings, Swiss Rail runs the outstanding Snow'n'Rail scheme with significant discounts on both public transport and lift passes.
I won't go too much into the ins and outs of travelling within Switzerland as individual resort pages provide more detail for each resort. The nearest significant resort is Italian-speaking Airolo, and you can get there both by road and train. A couple of other smaller resorts in Ticino are Cari and Nara. The nearest of the most significant Swiss resorts are Andermatt and Flims/Laax.