Winter sports fans know the world's best ski resorts are in the high mountains of France and Switzerland. The infrastructure is among the best in the world, meaning you can spend more time doing what you're actually there for – whizzing down a slope – while the high altitude guarantees top-quality white stuff well into the new year. And, of course, they have fondue and gluhwein. All this could be yours after a short flight from the UK. Here's our pick of the best resorts to get down in.
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France’s winter playground
What's the most important element of a skiing holiday? Snow, obviously – and with the majority of its slopes above 2,000m La Plagne guarantees proper quality powder every time. The region has plenty more going for it too, including France’s only bobsleigh course, access to the wider Paradiski® area (and its 425km of ski runs connecting La Plagne and Les Arcs), plus a raft of back-country fun, ziplines, spas, dog sledding, snowshoe hikes and more. For your next winter break, set your sights that bit higher.