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Snow falling on your doorstep

If you still haven't decided where to ski this winter, better get your skates on. Ski Beat has some chalets available over Christmas, but pound;100 discounts mean they are booking up fast. As an incentive for teachers who want a complete break, some can be child-free.

In La Tania, one of the newest resorts in the Trois Vallees region in France, Chalet Baikal 1 (a log cabin newly built for this season) sleeps 10 in five bedrooms, from pound;459 per person, including discount. It has an open-plan lounge with a log-burning stove and French windows open on to a balcony with views across the valley.

From December 20, a new double-decker cable car will link La Plagne with Les Arcs to create one of the world's largest ski areas. Ski Beat's Chalet Charmant in La Plagne sleeps 12 in six rooms, each with en-suite shower, from pound;449 per person, including discount. It has a log fire, a large terrace and is three minutes' walk from the village.

Both prices include flights from Gatwick, transfers and seven nights'

accommodation with breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner with wine. Tel: 01243 780 405;

Travel pages are edited by Renata Rubnikowicz

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