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SKILL LEVEL: EXPERT

Budget

In the Tatra Mountains of southern Poland, Zakopane (zakopane.com) offers steep slopes that are definitely notfor novices. Be adventurous and take to the snow in villages such as Bialka, Poronin and Bukowina Tatrzanska, which combine challenging terrain with the traveller’s satisfaction of straying from the beaten path. Big ski jumps can be found around the Krokiew area. Pay £309 for the week, with your accommodation and airport transfers included, and add another £80 if you want lessons too.

Midrange

For serious skiers looking for a quiet place to perfect their craft, you could do a lot worse than Cesana or Sansicario (vialattea.it) in Italy. Located in the Milky Way area – home to some of the best skiing and snowboarding ranges in Europe, and used for the Winter Olympics in 2006 –Sansicario and Cesana are the perfect alternatives to the region’s larger resorts. So quiet are they that you’ll often get the slopes to yourself. On the other side of the coin, there’sno nightlife and you might sometimes be obliged to share the snow with families. Still, you’ll be paying startlingly low prices compared to the majority of the Milky Way – about £160 for six days. St Anton (stantonamarlberg.com) in Austria provides a party after you’ve taken on challenging runs and off-piste areas, with the Moosewirt bar proving most popular with caners. There’s also great snowboarding for freestylers at Stanton Park. Lift tickets are about £199 for six days .

Luxury

Drop some serious dollars at Whistler Blackcomb (whistlerblackcomb.com) in Canada – one of the word’s best known ski resorts after it hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics.You can ski and snowboard across two mountains, and the resort has committed to teaching classes of no more than four people, so you’ll receive close attention at the Snow School if you want to go from expert to certified legend. The resort has also just invested $2.5m (£1.5m) in new snow-grooming equipment, so the quality of the slopes will be top notch.A six-day lift pass costs from £235 if you buy it online before November 15. There are also several deals that include accommodation that run until this time, such as five nights’ accommodation with a four-day ski pass for around £58pppn. Book now to bag yourself a bargain.


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