From Switzerland to Italy to Spain, these little-known ski resorts are the perfect spots to get some alone time on the piste


European ski resorts are legion and often legendary.

But are there some alpine aces we’ve all missed? Are there any secret treasures out there, quietly delivering the goods while the spotlight falls elsewhere?

The trouble is, one person’s hidden gem is another’s back yard.

Only one way to find out — get on the road and explore.

Or two, if you count reading our guide to 10 of the best European resorts you may not have heard of.

1. Val d’Anniviers (Switzerland)

Why? Quiet valley, traditional villages, famous high mountains, extended ski area.

The Val d’Anniviers is a sideshoot of the broad Rhone valley and an unknown backwater compared to its Valais neighbors — and international giants — Zermatt and Verbier.

Home to five small unspoilt resorts, the area is gaining recognition thanks to the recent cable car link between the two biggest, Grimentz and Zinal.

It’s a secret powder haven…


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