Trois Vallées, France
Get access to a large ski area without the price tag by staying at a well-linked satellite village. The tiny hamlet of Orelle in the Maurienne valley is the perfect example – in this case, big brother resort is Val Thorens and the ski area is the Trois Vallées. The local gondola reaches Val Thorens in 15 minutes and there’s a run most of the way back down. Peak Retreats offers the good value, three-star Hameau des Eaux d’Orelle apartments 800yd from the Trois Vallées Express gondola, and there’s a free shuttle bus.
From £459 including Eurotunnel crossings, for a two-person, selfcatering studio through Peak Retreats (0844 576 0170; peakretreats.co.uk). Save 15 per cent if booking before the end of September.
The piste less traversed