Val Thorens, France
As well as being the highest – and therefore most snowsure resort in the Trois Vallées ski area – with slopes suited to all levels, this resort has grown into France’s leading mountain destination for foodies.
For gourmands wanting to sample the cream of the restaurants, selfcatering makes sense. Ski Collection has the four-star ski-in/ski-out Le Hameau du Kashmir, which is ideally located at the entrance to Val Thorens.
From £1,463 for seven nights in a two-bedroom apartment sleeping two to four people through Ski Collection (0844 576 0175; skicollection.co.uk). This self-drive price includes the cost of Eurotunnel crossings. you can be sure of the snow cover. The Hotel Sunstar Beau-Site in Saas-Fee is four-star with an indoor swimming-pool and spa.
From £610 B&B for a three-night stay based on two people sharing, including Powdair flights and transfers through SNO (020 8133 8899; sno.co.uk).
The smart set
Point offers excellent value in such a chic resort, with 13 rooms decorated in Savoyard style.
From £350 for a three-night stay at Chalet Rond Point, half-board, not including travel, through Stanford Skiing (01603 477471; stanfordskiing.co.uk).