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).