Tim Scrafton

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

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

Les Gets, France: as good as it gets for family skiing?

Les Gets is no longer such a hidden gem of a ski resort. Families in particular are returning to the pretty little hamlet year after year, for a weekend's skiing just an hour's drive from Geneva Read the guide

Putting on the glitz in St Moritz (oh, and the ski boots)

It's home to the exclusive Cresta Run and Cartier polo matches, but there is more to St Moritz in Switzerland than posh sports, glamour and shopping. Intermediate skiers and foodies will love it Read the guide

Cortina, Italy: quiet slopes, the glitz of St Moritz

Cortina, in the Italian Dolomites, is a glamorous bolt-hole for the rich, liberally sprinkled with designer shops and gourmet restaurants – as well as snow. If you ski, it's even better… Read the guide