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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.

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 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 on the 9.31am Eurostar, change in Paris and take the 3.24pm TGV, arriving at Oulx at 7.31pm; then it’s a 15-minute taxi ride. From £170 return 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 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 six-berth couchette.


Great Train Journeys

Sit back and enjoy the ride of your life Hooked on rail travel? Make your journey the whole holiday on 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 (check out the picture above). A ride on the Glacier Express is just a one-day trip, taking you from St Moritz to Zermatt. The journey includes some of the finest panoramas Switzerland has to offer: Graubünden, the lovely Lake Lucerne, the glaciers of the Valais region and then on to the Southern mountains. Definite wow factor.

The damage: A one-way second-class ticket is £120.


Travel to Europe's top ski resorts by train: Go skiing in France, Italy and Austria
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