From Spain to Greece, these less-obvious ski areas offer great value and a more local feel than the big, busy Alps resorts
Port Aine is a lovely ski resort with 22 pistes, reaching a height of 2,440 metres. As with many small Spanish resorts it is only busy at weekends, so during the week you can enjoy deserted beautifully groomed pistes, with lovely off-piste challenges as well. Food and drink prices are very low, and the people really welcoming. Lift passes at €65 for two days are great value, or just €3 if, like me, you are over 70. There’s accommodation in Rialp at the foot of the mountain or stay at Red Rock Trails near Tremp, if you want a multi-activity holiday. Note: Spanish schools don’t have half-term, so those periods are no more expensive than any other time.