Pila, Italy:

This hidden gem of the Aosta Valley is the ideal choice for those looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of some of the better-known French and Italian resorts. Pila has more than 70km of well-groomed pistes, catering to all levels, and its high altitude position means that it enjoys sunshine but with a reliable covering of snow throughout the season.

Isola 2000, France:

This is a mere two hour transfer from the Mediterranean and yet has one of the best snowfall records in Europe. Perfect for a long weekend, it offers great value for money and will keep skiers of all abilities busy.

Solden, Austria: With its lively après ski scene boasting numerous bars and clubs, Solden certainly knows how to party and is a great alternative for those who may have tried the infamous St Anton and said, ‘What’s next?’. Located in the Otz Valley, there is an extensive network of slopes with runs for all abilities and a six-day lift pass can be extended to include the neighbouring resort of Obergurgl.