Best for red runs and après ski // Sölden, Austria
A day on the slopes can take its toll at this bustling ski resort, but those in the know recharge at the Aqua Dome Thermal Spa, around 15 minutes’ drive away, and you don’t have to be a resident to relax in its thermal waters, which bubble up from 6,000ft underground.
Find out more: Treatments from €99 (£88); evening tickets from €25 (£22), day tickets from €33 (£29).
Best for families and beginners // Ax-les-Thermes, France
Shrewd skiers don’t pay a penny to dip their toes in this resort’s thermal waters. They kick off their ski boots at the foot of the mountain to thaw cold feet for free in the public hot spring ‘Bassin des Ladres’. To immerse your entire body, there are several day spas with Le Bains du Couloubret being one of the best. Float in pools with jets and cascades, soak in baths based on ancient Roman practices or splash out on a pampering treatment. Travelling with the troops? Kids are welcome, although the first floor is adults-only, and the most popular spot is outdoors where you can bathe and relax while admiring the magnificent mountain peaks of the Pyrenees.
Find out more: Two hours from €18 (£16), treatments from €39 (£35) for a 30-minute Japanese-inspired treatment.
Best for casual skiers // Bagni di Bormio, Italy
With its medieval buildings, cobbled streets and ancient thermal baths the Roman spa town of Bormio has long been a mountain wellness retreat. To combine slope and spa time, buy the Bormio Pass for access to the region’s handful of pistes (in Bormio, Santa Caterina and Cima Piazzi-San Colombano) and several thermal baths. At Bagni Vecchi, visitors can cake themselves in mud before having a sauna, while nearby Bagni Nuovi has seven outdoor pools.
Find out more: day ski pass and spa entrance from €86 (£77).
Best for blowing the budget // Chalet Alpacha, France
After a day on the slopes, rejuvenate tired muscles in the outdoor copper hot tub or heated swimming pool, or inside in the hammam and sauna. If you’re not tired out from skiing or hiking, Alpaca also has a gym and an indoor climbing room. For less physical entertainment, there’s a games room, cinema, bar and library.
Find out more: This six-bedroom villa sleeps up to 14 and costs from £28,703 a week.
Published in the Winter Sports guide, distributed with the November 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)