1. Innsbruck, Austria


Stay here: Set on the riverside among 15th-century coloured houses, the quietly comfortable Hotel Mondschein is a short walk from Innsbruck’s vibrant Old Town.

What’s good for non-skiers: This is an architectural joy of a city, with cafes, boutiques and cultural highlights such as the Golden Roof and Hofburg imperial palace.

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What’s good for skiers: The Ski plus City pass is valid at 13 nearby ski areas, including Nordkette just above the city.

2. Narvik, Norway

Stay here: The four-star Scandic Narvik is home to the best restaurants in town, and has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Ofotfjord.

What’s good for non-skiers: Discovering Narvik’s Second World War history at the museum, the Northern Lights and wildlife tours – expect wolves, reindeer and huskies.

What’s good for skiers: A new gondola lift at the edge of town zips to the small but steep Narvikfjellet ski area (norwayhomeofskiing.com) and there is off-piste guiding for the more adventurous.

3. Madonna di Campiglio, Italy


Stay here: The new, eco-friendly Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti (dolomiti.lefayresorts.com) in Madonna’s satellite of Pinzolo.

What’s good for non-skiers: Spa heaven, with 20-plus treatment rooms, a swim-in/swim-out pool and a rainbow of saunas and steam rooms, a salt lake, plus plenty of glamour in nearby Madonna.

What’s good for skiers: Lift passes, lessons and guides are arranged on site and there’s a complimentary shuttle to Madonna’s scenic Dolomiti slopes.

4. Aspen, Colorado, US


Stay here The Limelight offers free fat bikes, live bands in the Lounge, an ideal downtown position and – rare for America – breakfast included.

What’s good for non-skiers: Shameless celebrity spotting near the Aspen Art Museum, designer shopping (Chanel, Prada, Little Bird for second-hand) and fine dining.

What’s good for skiers: Fast lifts, top-quality snow and service at four varied ski areas, including Aspen Mountain.

5. Zermatt, Switzerland


Stay here: Centrally located Hotel Schweizerhof is a cocoon stocked with vintage books, a wellness centre with a 56ft pool, plus yoga and fitness classes.

What’s good for non-skiers: Stunning Matterhorn views in a chocolate-box village whose main street is a trove of chocolate, watches and souvenirs.

What’s good for skiers: Long, scenic runs served by state-of-the art lifts and lots of off-piste challenges, including heli-skiing.

6. St Moritz, Switzerland

Stay here: The glamorous Kulm (kulm.com), with a massive spa, a private skating rink and a gourmet half-board package (choose from 17 restaurants, including on the mountain).

What’s good for non-skiers: St Moritz is not only packed with designer shops and upscale restaurants, but also has 60 art galleries and museums.

What’s good for skiers: A ski area ideal for intermediates. It boasts a rare combination of snow and sun reliability.

7. Kranjska Gora, Slovenia


Stay here: Hotel Spik boasts a wellness centre with three pools, saunas, hot tub, massage and gym, ideal for budget-conscious families with children.

What’s good for non-skiers: Ice climbing, skating, sledging and snowshoeing, and charming Lake Bled is a one-hour bus journey away. In high season, the apres-ski is lively.

What’s good for skiers: With an ambience reminiscent of Austria, the gentle slopes are good for learners and intermediates, except Podkoren, a World Cup black run.

The Sunday Telegraph