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Ban­sko, Bul­garia

For lively après, sound tu­ition and a mod­ern lift sys­tem, all at very rea­son­able prices, it has to be Ban­sko in Bul­garia – one of three re­sorts in the coun­try that have in­ter­na­tional ap­peal. Balkan Hol­i­days of­fers the three-star Ho­tel Mura, a good-value, no-frills op­tion with a sauna, steam bath and hot tub.

From £286 for seven nights’ B&B, with Balkan Hol­i­days (020 7543 5555; balkan­hol­i­days.co.uk).

Best of Amer­ica La Rosière, France

This re­sort lies in the Tarentaise val­ley above BourgSaint-Mau­rice, on the other side of the val­ley to Les Arcs. Prices here are markedly lower than in the house­hold name re­sorts in the re­gion such as Val d’Isère and Méri­bel – and the ski­ing is just as good. It is con­nected to La Thuile in Italy via the Petit St Bernard pass. With 99 miles of runs served by 37 lifts, Es­pace San Bernardo suits all stan­dards. On the Ital­ian side of the moun­tain there’s a clutch of fine restau­rants with much lower prices than you will find in France. Chalet Papil­lon is a six-bed­room apart­ment at a bar­gain price on two lev­els in the lit­tle ham­let of Les Eucherts. The near­est lift is 75yd away and the vil­lage cen­tre is a 15-minute walk. From £549, through Ski Beat (01273 855100; skibeat.co.uk).

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