5. Tignes, France
Tignes has a high proportion of ski-in/-ski-out accommodation in its higher villages, and an inviting array of traditional chalets at Les Brevières. There are 300km of slopes to explore, as well as a huge range of alternative activities. These include ice diving, ice climbing, snowtubing and Bun J Ride – a hybrid combination of a ski jump, bunjee and a zip-line ride.
Depart London St Pancras on the 09:45 Eurostar Direct Ski Train to Bourg St Maurice, arriving at 19:03. From there it’s a 40-minute taxi or bus.
Rail journey time: 8 hours, 28 minutes.
6. Söll, Austria
The impressive SkiWelt region, of which the compact village of Söll forms a part, boasts 284km of ski runs dotted with 77 rustic Alpine huts and après bars. The views over the Wilder Kaiser mountain range are stunning and you can even ski at night, as well as enjoy some of the longest floodlit toboggan runs in Europe at Hexenritt and Mond.
Depart London St Pancras on the 15:04 Eurostar to Brussels, arriving 18:05; take the 18:25 ICE from Brussels to Cologne, arriving 20:15; then take the 21:21 NightJet sleeper train to Kufstein, arriving 08:27; from there it’s about 25 minutes by bus or taxi.
Rail journey time: 16 hours 13 minutes.
7. St Anton, Austria
You can’t walk through St Anton’s charming centre without being impressed by the bustle and character. This is a resort with buzz, and part of the excitement stems from the fact that it’s blessed with some of the Alps’ finest expert off piste, in addition to 340km of piste. After a day on the slopes, friendly après huts such as the Moosewirt have you singing and swaying the night away.
Depart London St Pancras on the 18:01 Eurostar to Paris-Nord. Stopover in Paris and take the 07:23 TGV from Paris-Lyon, changing in Zurich onto the 12:40 RailJet to arrive at 15:03 in St Anton.
Rail journey time: 20 hours, 2 minutes, including a night in Paris.
St Anton is popular with experts