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Baque­ira Beret, Spain

The be­gin­ner-friendly slopes and rea­son­able prices at the rel­a­tively un­known re­sort of Baque­ira Beret in the Span­ish Pyre­nees of­fer an at­trac­tive al­ter­na­tive to the Alps. In­ex­pen­sive in­struc­tion is avail­able on the ex­cel­lent nurs­ery slopes with bb­skischool, the only Bri­tishrun school in the Pyre­nees. The stan­dard of teach­ing is as high as any in the Alps, but rates are con­sid­er­ably cheaper. Ski Miquel’s Chalet-ho­tel Salana, which sleeps 33, is the best-value ac­com­mo­da­tion in the re­sort and has an out­door hot-tub.

From £592 with Ski Miquel (skim­iquel­hol­i­days.co.uk; 01457 821200). Group lessons with bb­skischool (bb­skischool.co.uk; 01903 233323) for adults and chil­dren from five years from €164 (£148) to €195 for five morn­ings, three hours per morn­ing. run by the Ski Club of Great Bri­tain from De­cem­ber 23 to 30, cov­ers all ter­rain. The six days of in­struc­tion are aimed at in­ter­me­di­ates and more ad­vanced skiers. Ac­com­mo­da­tion is in the Chalet Shiraz, lo­cated in a quiet po­si­tion near Les Houches. It sleeps 12 in six en suite bed­rooms.

From £999 with Ski Club of Great Bri­tain (020 8410 2015; ski­club.co.uk).

A guid­ing hand

Clock­wise from above: ski­ing for sin­gles need not cost ex­tra; go­ing close to the edge in Ice­land; La Rosière in France; take a food sa­fari in the Dolomites; bar cul­ture in Cour­mayeur; and im­prove your skills with War­ren Smith in Ver­bier

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