Want to get stuck into the season’s best skiing but fancy a resort away from the crowds? Gabriella Le Breton finds the best smaller towns in which to base yourself, which offer a more authentic experience, often at a better price – but with access to the same slopes.
As resorts across the world expand their lift systems and link up with neighbouring ski areas, picking out those with access to hundreds of diverse pistes and acres of off-piste terrain has become easy. However, the crowds descending on the big name resorts in these areas – Verbier, Courchevel and St Anton, for example – often mean they lack something by way of charm, and can fall down on the final factor: price. Fortunately, there is a way around this dilemma – rather than stay in a big resort, make your base in a satellite town within the linked ski area. Choose the right spot and you’ll find yourself paying less for equally comfortable accommodation in a prettier, more authentic Alpine village, without compromising on great conditions and extensive ski terrain…
Saint Martin de Belleville France
La Villa Italy
Valtournenche/ Cervinia Italy
This article was published on 26th November 2013 so certain details may not be up to date.