Jasná Nízke Tatry, in the Low Tatras mountains, offers dog sledding, yoga sessions, natural thermal springs and snowshoeing, as well as 50km of ski runs. The Dragon’s Lair chalet opens this December, sleeping up to 19 people in five en suite bedrooms. Choose between B&B or half-board. There’s a private shuttle service to the ski slopes, and an outdoor hot tub, sauna and fitness area. It’s a 20-minute drive to the town of Liptovský Mikuláš, with its bars, restaurants, cinema, swimming pool and skating rink.
This purpose-built resort in Val d’Aran, in the Pyrenees, is no great beauty, but it’s modern, efficient, has fabulous skiing and reasonable prices. Kabi offers snowmobile safaris and snowshoe hiking, while other attractions are the nearby ancient towns of Vielha and Arties, with their romanesque and gothic churches and cobbled streets. And great-value restaurants and lively tapas bars abound.