Whether you enjoy skiing or dog sledding, we have the pick of the best winter destinations around...
Glamorous Kitzbühel has great skiing with runs that suit everyone, from beginners to daredevils. But if you tire of the pistes, you could always try your hand at igloo building, bobsleighing – or simply relaxing at the fabulous spa of the Kempinsky Hotel Das Tirol, the place to stay in town.
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Don’t care much for skiing but still want a winter experience? Try Toronto. At the Algonquin Park you can live like an 18th-century pioneer, dog sledding with the huskies or fishing in a frozen lake. And back in town, you can go shopping on Bloor Street and discover Canada’s most imaginative cuisine at Colborne Lane. Stay at Delta Chelsea and enjoy the urban spa and indoor pool.
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Zermatt’s one of Switzerland’s glitziest resorts and the sparkle of its jewellery shops rivals with that of the snow on the glorious pistes. Experienced skiers can savour the thrill of heliskiing- they are dropped by helicopter on the highest glacier runs for breathtaking views across the Swiss French and Italian Alps. But if you are a beginner, fear not, there still is plenty to do, not least promenading across the streets at dusk. Stay at the sumptuous Heinz Julen Loft for seductive bedrooms and a jacuzzi.
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Go cross-country skiing (great to tone your legs) or snowshoeing at this pretty village by a snow-frosted lake. Stay at the Hotel Seerose for picture perfect views from the panoramic indoor pool and from the conservatory. And should you ever tire of all that, head to nearby Salzburg for music and culture.
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It’s easy to see why Breckenridge is a favourite with the British heading across the Atlantic. Four connected peaks offer skiing for all levels and jaw-dropping mountain views. Snowboarding is strong too, and for a different experience, you can choose anything from snowshoe tours to dog-sledding and sleigh rides. Stay at the sociable Beaver Run Resort Hotel, with its relaxing spa, and dine in style at Relish on Main Street.
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Skiing is only part of the attraction on the Bernese Oberland. The majestic peaks of the Eiger, Jungfrau, Matterhorn and Monch are the backdrop to a fitness programme that includes snowshoe and Nordic walking. Stay at the family-run Alfa Soleil in the postcard pretty village of Kandersteg.
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Courmayeur is perfect for skiers and non-skiers alike. Plenty of pistes
cater for all levels, there is tobogganing and snoboarding for
teenagers, the cobbled Via Roma has delightful cafes and shops and
nearby Pré-St-Didier has thermal baths with more than 40 spa
experiences. Make sure you have lunch on the slopes – Chiecco has fabulous food but you need to book well in advance.
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Megéve has been on the radar of France’s fur-clad, bon-chic, bon-genre for more than seventy years, but this beautiful resort has it all: uncrowded skiing for all levels, several Michelin-starred restaurants (don’t miss the three-starred Flocons de Sel) and even horse-drawn sleigh rides. Rent a chalet like Le Gal Tourbillon, with its fire-warmed living room, and don’t miss the Place de l’Eglise patisserie for great pains au chocolate and a spot of people watching.
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For a quick weekend on the snow, little beats the Nevis Range, in the
Scottish Highlands, where a ski resort sits on Aonach Mor mountain. The
views of the Inner Hebrides from the gondola are as compelling as the
ski, and there’s a forest trail for gentler exercise.
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