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Christmas on the piste is so magical, particularly for those of us in the UK who crave a traditional white Christmas year after year, with scant chance of actually seeing one.

If you need any more reasons to convince you to escape the grey UK winter, there are a whole host of other factors that make spending Christmas on the slopes an extremely attractive proposition. Not only can you swerve the Christmas repeats on TV and the endless shopping, you will also be free of the responsibility of decorating or cooking a big lunch - your chalet or hotel will take care of all of that and more.

For a picture perfect Christmas card landscape, you will find some resorts better than others. It tends to be the older villages, complete with twinkling fairy lights and the deepest, crispiest snow that will deliver a real Christmas WOW factor.

Megeve in France boasts a wonderfully magical atmosphere during the festive season with pretty shops, horse drawn carriages and an ice rink. A huge Christmas tree is centre piece of the pretty village square, and there are several visits by a very convincing Father Christmas over the holidays.

If you love a good Christmas market as well as decent skiing, head to the Zell am See, in Austria. Here you will find candlelit stalls heaving with every conceivable festive treat, including mulled wine to keep you warm while you browse. Zell an See is a truly picturesque location, with a unique atmosphere which will have you going back year after year.

Another option is to head to one of the most beautiful countries on earth

- Norway. This is the nation that gifts us with the huge Christmas tree that stands in Trafalgar Square each year, so it’s not surprising that this is a place that lays on a truly stylish and wonderfully traditional Christmas. Hemsedal has one of the biggest ski expanses in the whole country, and many visitors opt to stay in one of the many opulent apartments, each furnished with a private sauna, for their Christmas break. You are even encouraged to cut down as tree from the nearby woodland and take it back to your accommodation to decorate. It is always a good idea though, to check in with the friendly tourist office before embarking on such a mission to check the best place to head for easily cut trees and clear directions that will ensure you don’t get lost in the wintry wilderness!

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