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Sauze d’Oulx, Italy

From London to the slopes in: 9 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. Sauzed’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 Mottaand 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 either excitement or horror, but either way, the resort is still quite a boozy fave with Brits. That said, Sauze d’Oulx is 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 about 9.30am on the Eurostar, change in Paris and take the TGV, arriving at Oulx around 7.30pm; then it’s a 15-minute taxi ride. Book with Rail Europe.

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 nightlife 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.

Recommended Route: Depart St Pancras around 3.30pm on the Eurostar, change in Paris and take the City NightLine sleeper train, arriving Worgl around 9.40am, then a15-minute taxi ride. Book with Deutsche Bahn from £215 return in a six-berth couchette.


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