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Lodge Publish, Alpbach, Austria

​One of the vital picturesque villages within the Tirol, Alpbach is just not the place for a rip-roaring après ski scene, however its clutch of basic wood chalet motels, conventional stube eating places and quiet bars make it an excellent alternative for a restorative mountain break. Alongside the superbly groomed pistes accessed by the Wiedersbergerhorn gondola, are straightforward snow-shoeing trails, a 7km toboggan run and torchlit hikes. Mountain huts dot the Alpbachtal-Wildschönau valley, serving käsespätzle (Tirolean macaroni cheese) and spiced gluhwein. Keep on the Publish, an enthralling, family-run lodge within the coronary heart of the village – and the very best worth on the town.
Doubles from £138 B&B;

Les Grands Montets Lodge & Spa, Argentière, France

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Like different premier ski resorts, Chamonix can get over-run in winter, however keep 10 minutes down the street in Argentière and also you mix easy accessibility to the Grands Montets ski runs and snow parks, with a tranquil place to remain. The village is the birthplace of a few of France’s most well-known guides, with attractive winter walks mapped from the village, providing spectacular views of Mont Blanc, and easy accessibility to each Switzerland and Italy by the Mont Blanc tunnel. Keep at Les Grands Montets for a mixture of classic type, soothing spa therapies and cosy rooms with a basic Savoyard really feel.
Doubles from £146 B&B;

Mineral Lodge, Sainte Foy, France

Trail blazers: two snowboarders ride into the forest in Sainte Foy French Alps.
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Deep within the Tarentaise valley, Sainte Foy is surrounded by a number of the greatest ski touring nation within the Alps, with long-lasting powder and huge inexperienced and blue runs that make it a great resort for inexperienced persons. Non-skiers are nicely catered for with canine sledding, mountain climbing and forest bathing, together with the prospect to sort out a piste on a mountain kart, or swoop above the slopes on a tandem paraglide. Mineral Lodge, a couple of minutes’ drive from the village, has 5 modern bedrooms and communal lounge and eating areas stuffed with assertion furnishings, set towards brushed steel-and-glass partitions.
Doubles from £189 B&B,

The Moss, Obergurgl, Austria

Let off steam: soaking up the atmosphere at a thermal spa, Obergurgl, Austria.

Tucked away on the finish of the lengthy Oetztal valley – that means there’s no by site visitors – Obergurgl is a peaceable, relaxed resort with a straightforward bus hyperlink to neighbouring Hochgurgl and a very good alternative of cruiseable blue pistes and tougher reds. Walkers and nature lovers ought to drop into the Hohe Mut Alm exhibition on the Oetztal glacier, its wildlife and the results of local weather change, whereas non-skiers can hike, snowshoe or dip into the Aqua Dome in close by Soelden, a thermal spa with sizzling outside swimming pools. The Moss is a newly renovated lodge with a recent really feel and clear design, and a model new wellness space with indoor pool, sauna and steam room.
Doubles from £138 B&B;

Lodge Meleze, Grimentz, Switzerland

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Tucked away within the spectacularly stunning Val d’Anniviers, Grimentz is an enthralling village dotted with mazot (conventional stone and wood farmhouses) and flower-decked chalets, with elevate entry to glorious off-piste and touring terrain. A lattice of winter mountain climbing trails followers out from the village, together with toboggan and cross-country ski runs, good for working up an urge for food for the hearty Valais delicacies and the city’s distinctive glacier wine, aged for 10-15 years in larchwood barrels and generally known as the “Sherry” of Valais. Keep on the Lodge Meleze, a conventional chalet with 5 cosy bedrooms, and a restaurant specialising in conventional Anniviard fondue with spiced meats.
Doubles from £162 B&B;

Mountain Lodge, Les Crosets, Swizerland

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At 1,700m, pocket-sized Les Crosets has an excellent snow file, however doesn’t draw the crowds that flock to the remainder of Porte du Soleil, making it straightforward to entry the 600km of linked pistes, earlier than returning to the village for a peaceable night. Snowboarders will love the Superpark, with all method of jumps and half- and quarter-pipes, whereas non-skiers can discover the 40km of mountain climbing trails. The Mountain Lodge is a family-friendly, boutique lodge with a wonderful spa, cinema and stylish rooms.
Per week from £1,095pp half-board,

Romantic Lodge Jolanda Sport, Gressoney la Trinité, Italy

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Cobbled streets flanked with historic wood homes, a clutch of small outlets and conventional eating places make this village within the Aosta valley that uncommon factor – a peaceable backwater with entry to an excellent ski space, on this case the 80km Monte Rosa circuit. There’s glorious cross-country snowboarding, too, in addition to the prospect to dip into the area’s Walser historical past (a German-speaking race who settled within the space in medieval instances) with a small museum and 18th century home. Keep on the Lodge Jolanda Sport, with cosy wood-panelled bedrooms, a wellness space with saunas, steam room and a hamam, and a country restaurant with good veggie and vegan choices.
Doubles from £102 B&B;

Jagdschloss Resort, Kühtai, Austria

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At 2,020m, quiet Kühtai is one in all Austria’s highest resorts, making it a sure-fire guess for excellent snow, typically till the tip of April. Comparatively undiscovered by the British market, it’s additionally good for just a few days of basic Alpine surroundings, snowshoe hikes and sleigh rides, with lunch on the terrace on the Kühtaier Dorfstadl providing panoramic mountain views and hearty Tirolean classics of Wienerschnitzel and gröstl (fried potatoes and bacon topped with a fried egg). The Jagdschloss Resort combines modern type with Tirolean touches, expertly combined cocktails within the stylish Schloss bar, conventional raclette evenings and cozy rooms starting from wood-panelled attics to fashionable household suites and self-catering studios.
Doubles from £120 B&B;

Lodge Alpenhof, Filzmoos, Salzburgerland, Austria

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With a good selection of straightforward runs, newbie and intermediate skiers will love Filzmoos, as will followers of Austria’s chocolate-box appeal. Tight constructing restrictions imply the village has escaped any high-rise developments or sprawling motels. Even within the college holidays the lifts are comparatively quiet and the pistes uncrowded, making it an excellent household alternative, with horse-drawn sleigh rides and ice skating on provide for these not wishing to ski. What après ski there may be centred across the Completely satisfied Filzmoos, within the slick new Alpin Bar 87, or the extra conventional Completely satisfied’s Umbrella Bar. The Alpenhof is a conventional Tirolean lodge with a well-equipped wellness space, providing natural massages, themed saunas and indoor/outside pool.
Doubles from £112 B&B;

Frutt Mountain Resort, Melchsee-Frutt, Switzerland

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Virtually unknown to non-Swiss skiers, Melchsee-Frutt is an enthralling small resort with a traffic-free centre set on the shores of Lake Melchsee. Flanked by two small ski areas, Balmeregghorn and Erzegg, the village has stunning winter mountain climbing trails and cross-country ski tracks sledging run to the neighbouring hamlet of Stöckalp. The Frutt Mountain Resort sits above the village at 1,900m, with entry solely by cable automobile, giving a scrumptious feeling of escape. As soon as there, every thing you want is readily available – three eating places, (together with an Italian and a steakhouse), the Mountain Lodge Spa with panoramic sauna and an in-house youngsters’ membership.
Doubles from £240 B&B;

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