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Sauze d’Oulx, Italy

From London to the slopes in: nine hours, 15 minutes Intrepid? Adventurous? Like to get off-the-beaten piste? You’ll go gaga for this area, as there are plenty of secret forest routes local guides can help you discover. Sauze d’Oulx’s tree-lined red runs are best suited to intermediate skiers, but advanced skiers can make the easy connection to Sestriere and the black runs at the top of Mount Motta and Mount Sises.

Apres ski: This Italian village with its sweetly cobbled streets used to be known as ‘Ibiza-in-the-snow’. This thought might fill you with excitement or horror, but either way, the resort is still quite a boozy fave with Brits. That said, Sauze d’Oulxis more cocktails than clubbing these days, so start off the night with a few aperitivi at Caffe della Seggiovia (Piazza Assietta 4).

Recommended route: Depart St Pancras on the 9.31am Eurostar, change in Paris and take the 3.24pm TGV, arrivingat Oulx at 7.31pm; then it’s a 15-minute taxi ride. Again, trybooking via raileurope.co.uk.

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Söll, Austria

From London to the slopes in: 18 hours If you’re planning a trip with mates of mixed skiing ability, Söll is a pretty good bet. The Ski Welt is the largest linked ski area in Austria, and has plenty of easy blues for beginners and harder reds for the more experienced. Advanced skiers will have to look a little harder to find a challenge, but there are some very steep runs at the Hohe Salve. Night skiing is huge here and the floodlit run from Hochsöll down to Söll is nothing short of exhilarating.

Apres ski: The slopes here might be gentle, but the night life is quite the opposite. This cutesy Tirolean village gets raucous later and you’ll find skiers dancing on the tables at Moonlight Bar and other spots around town practically every night of the week. There must be something in the schnapps.moonlight. bar-soell.com

Recommended route: Depart St Pancras on the 3.31pm Eurostar, change in Paris and take the 8.20pm City Night Line sleeper train, arriving Worgl at 9.41am, then a 15-minute taxi ride. Book with Deutsche Bahn from £215 return in a sixberthcouchette (bahn.com).

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Great Train Journeys

Hooked on rail travel? Make your journey the whole holidayon one of these three epic train rides.

GLACIER EXPRESS

Route: Through the Swiss Alps

Just the name of this train conjures up images of Swiss peaks and dizzying scenery. A ride on the Glacier Express is just aone-day trip, taking you from St Moritz to Zermatt, but the journey offers some of Switzerland’s finest panoramas. swisspasses.com

INDIAN MAHARAJA DECCAN ODYSSEY

Route: Mumbai to Delhi

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The epitome of luxury train travel, there’s a gym, beauty salon and massage centre on board, oh, and a number of well-stocked bars. The route connects Mumbai and Delhi via Rajasthan, so your journey could include cave excursions at Ajanta, a jungle safari at Sawai Madhopur and of course, that all important photo op at the Taj Mahal. theindianmaharaja.co.in

EXPEDITION

Route: Cuzco to Machu Picchu

This three-hour journey begins in Poroy (eight miles from Cuzco) before winding through the Sacred Valley, the Andean foothills, and then following the path of the Urubamba river. For the best views of the river and Inca ruins, make sure you nab a seat on the left side of the train going up to Machu Picchu and on the right when you return. perurail.com


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