3. Sauze d’Oulx, Italy
The resort forms part of the 400km Milky Way ski area, shared with neighbouring Sestriere and Claviere and ideal for confident intermediates. It’s possible to cover miles and miles of terrain in a day, including many blissfully quiet runs. The village itself is a mixture of charming cobbled streets and rather more brash architecture, and has a lively après scene.
Depart London St Pancras on the 09:22 Eurostar to Paris-Nord. Change to Paris-Lyon and take the 14:41 TGV to Oulx, arriving at 19:23. From there it’s a 15-minute taxi or bus.
Rail journey time: 9 hours, 01 minute.
4. Val Thorens, France
Val Thorens enviable position perched at 2,300m in the huge Trois Vallées ski area makes it a popular choice for British skiers and snowboarders. The resort has excellent beginner slopes and all the skiing that intermediates and experts could dream of, with 600km of slopes in total. The village has plenty of buzz, including the new Fahrenheit ‘bungalow beach bar’, and some swish places to eat, too.
Depart London St Pancras on the 09:45 Eurostar Ski Train to Moûtiers, arriving at 18:27. From there it’s a 50-minute taxi or bus.
Rail journey time: 7 hours, 34 minutes.
Val Thorens is Europe’s highest resort CREDIT: GETTY