Tim Scrafton

Top 10 European ski resorts for guaranteed snow

Where do you head for a snow-sure ski break? Whether you are looking for a white Christmas early in the season, spring sunshine or summer adventure on a high-altitude glacier, here are my suggestions Read the guide

Sauze d'Oulx, Italy: where skiers blast off to the Milky Way

Situated in pretty Piedmont, in the Italian Alps, Sauze d'Oulx (or ‘Susie Doo’ to its friends) is a big hit with British skiers. From here they can access 400km of linked piste known as the Via Lattea Read the guide

Innsbruck, Austria: a city break with a ski holiday attached

I've always seen Innsbruck as a stress-free airport from which to access my favourite Austrian ski resorts only an hour away. However, it is more than that: a historic city with nine ski areas nearby Read the guide

Mayrhofen, Austria: freestyle mecca and home of Snowbombing

Mayrhofen in the Austrian Tyrol has evolved into more than just an ideal family ski resort. It is Austria's capital of freestyle snowboarding – and, every April, becomes the Glastonbury of the Alps Read the guide

Avoriaz, France: the snowboarding capital of Europe

Avoriaz is a car-free, purpose-built resort and a gateway to the vast Portes du Soleil ski area. The big draw, though, is the snowboarding – especially at The Stash, a forest snowpark for "shredders" Read the guide