For every Whistler Backcomb, Wanaka, and Chamonix there’s a lesser-known, often less developed winter resort overlooked by those who favour après ski over isolated piste.
Ideal for those looking to escape the masses and explore off the beaten path, here’s my guide to some fabulously unfamiliar and under the radar winter resorts.
OPTIMUM SKI SEASON: December to January
Tucked away in the Tarantaise valley, between the full-throttle resorts of Les Arcs, Val d’Isère, La Rosière and Tignes, is sleepy Sainte-Foy. A favourite with ski instructors on their day off, runs wend their way around the entire mountain at which is rather undeveloped compared to most French resorts.
If you’re interested in escaping reality this is the place to come, the après-ski scene is minimal and the slopes are seldom crowded.
Craving a winter escape? Check out these ski holiday ideas for inspiration.
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