As the 2014-15 season gains momentum, the popular pistes of continental Europe and North America are welcoming their annual flux of visitors. But if you want to avoid the crowds and still be in for plenty of snowfall and stunning views, we've tracked down some of the best places to take your skis this winter. Ever considered the slopes of Scotland, the circuits of Chile or the lacing lanes of Lesotho? You may have to travel further afield to truly venture off the beaten track (though you'll be surprised at the opportunities on your doorstep), but it's likely to be well worth the effort.
By Lara Keay and Sophie Musgrave.