1. Puy St Vincent, France

Puy St Vincent

Tucked away in the southern French Alps south of the ancient town of Briançon, little unfashionable Puy St Vincent often shocks its rivals by landing some of the biggest snowfalls. There is a mass of modest but bargain-priced accommodation right at the foot of the slopes, alongside a sunny parade of bars, restaurants, delis and ski rental shops.

Dedicated fenced-off slopes for kids to learn are steps away. The main ski area is not huge, but a good variety of slopes is packed in and the skiing descends to an old village below. Even lunch out is affordable here.

Nearest airport: Turin (2.5 hours).

Find out more: ski.puysaintvincent.com

The Lowdown

With Snowbizz, you'll pay £1477 for 2 adults and 2 children (with one free child place in the Toton Ski School for three and four year olds plus one free evening Kiddie Club place); includes flights, transfers and self-catering accommodation in an apartment in Sun Vallée starting from Sunday 11 January 2015.