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Focus: Choosing your ski resort: the experts' 10 top tips

8 - Cross the border on skis

Choosing your ski resort: the experts' 10 top tips © Copyright

It is becoming increasingly popular for European ski resorts that lie close to the borders to join together, allowing their clients to ski in and out of the adjoining countries at will. Thus, in certain ski resorts, you can start the day with some melt-in-the-mouth French pastries before heading for a good plate of Italian pasta for lunch, grabbing some Swiss chocolate or tucking into a plate of Spanish tapas. This is one occasion that the euro really does come in handy!

The Montgenèvre resort in the Southern Alps allows skiers to head down the slopes into Italy. Be sure to keep an eye on the time to make sure you get back before the sun sets. Otherwise make the most of the delicious Italian specialities and the lively lunchtime atmosphere. Similarly, in the Pyrenees, the French company, Altiservice, has signed a partnership deal with Spanish company, Aramon, to allow their clients to ski from one side of the border to the other - no passports required.

Over on the Franco-Swiss border, you'll be spoilt for choice as one of the largest skiing areas, Portes du Soleil, has eight French and four Swiss resorts in very close proximity. Though the border-crossing schemes first started off in the Pyrenees, they have quickly spread and are set to be hugely popular during the 2013-2014 ski season.

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