Tim Scrafton

Val Thorens, France: the highest ski resort in Europe

Val Thorens is part of Les Trois Vallées, the world's largest ski circuit. With more than 140km of piste above 3,000m – so plenty of snow – the resort makes a superb choice for a late-season ski break Read the guide

Morzine: short-break skiing that's ideal for families

Looking for a ski resort that works for non-skiers as well? Try Morzine, a sophisticated French town that has authentic charm, year-round bustle and great restaurants as well as winter sports action Read the guide

Chamonix, France: off-piste skiing with the the X-Factor

The X in Chamonix may be silent – but for thrill-seekers in the Alps, it chimes in neatly with the resort's reputation for eXtreme ski and snowboarding. If off-piste adventure is your thing, read on… Read the guide

Méribel: the UK's favourite ski resort

Méribel the very belle has a prime location, lively après-ski and fantastic runs for all abilities - so it's little wonder this French resort is top choice for British skiers Read the guide

Super-cool Kitzbühel: one of Austria's star ski resorts

Low in altitude but high on thrills, the Austrian ski resort of Kitzbühel is as pretty as they come - and it's buzzing every January when its slopes play host to the world's most famous downhill race Read the guide