Hut to hut
For those who want to swap quotidian for quirky, these trips out into truly wild winter wonderlands have the X country factor. For the more experienced cross country or downhill skier, these are guided by mountain experts, as you head into remote, elevated environs and stay in mountain huts along the way. Some cosier than others, but all in incredible locations. Such as in the far northern wilderness taiga region of Finland, up on the Russian Border, or France’s Pyrenees National Park, where you can stay in mountain refuges at over 3,000m. In Swedish Lapland, as far north as you can imagine, woodland cabins with no electricity or running water, but roaring wood burning stoves and ice to melt for water, await adventurous snow lovers, as do the Northern Lights in these spots that have no light pollution at all. Or, for hot but Chile cabins, go ski touring from volcano to volcano in this South American ski paradise, staying at remote cabins between craters.