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While the main ski area below has more than 200km of piste, this plateau is relatively tiny at 7sq km.
The Zermatt lift pass is one of the most expensive in the Alps, and a chic, sophisticated ski resort in Switzerland is never going to be a cheap option -- but the resort stresses that its pricy lift pass (adult six-days BD146 for the Zermatt area, BD166 for the full area including Cervinia) are actually good value for money as they have more, and swifter, lifts and trains to whisk you up the mountain and their 360km of piste are better maintained.
If you can't find a hatful of favourite pistes in the Espace Killy, named after France's downhill master Jean-Claude Killy, you never will.
Rock the Pistes is great fun and a brilliant way of adding extra spice to your skiing trip.
In Switzerland, the pistes in Verbier's Four Valleys were 120% too long when measured down the middle by Schrahe.
Dans le cadre du meme effort, l'association a contribue, par l'octroi de 20 tonnes de ciment, a la realisation d'une piste dans la province de Tinghir et 20 autres tonnes de ciment pour la construction d'une autre piste dans la province d'El Haouz.
A new gondola, opening this season, links the resort to the Alpbach valley, increasing the number and variety of pistes you can reach from the resort, with some spectacular red runs and a good range of easier pistes for beginners.
With 3,300ft of vertical runs, 75 miles of pistes, seven miles of itinerary runs and huge opportunities for off piste, Baqueira caters for all levels of skier.
With a choice of no less than 193km of pistes amongst 1,926 hectares of mountains at your disposal, Grandvalira is the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees.
Straddling the boundary between Perthshire and Aberdeenshire, Glenshee is Scotland's most extensive ski area with 40km of pistes over three valleys and four mountains.
For those who like to stay firmly on the piste, there are plenty of options here too and of course a beginner's area if you're just starting to learn or want to leave your kids to do so while you enjoy the higher slopes.
On December 27, three off-piste skiers triggered a 200 metre-wide avalanche that crossed a marked piste in Anzere near Crans-Montana.