Åre, SwedenBest for: A taste of upscale Scandi skiingThe effortlessly stylish Åre, by a lake in Sweden’s chilly centre, is the one ski retreat that genuinely rivals the best of the Alps. The pistes and Nordic tracks tend to be populated by gnarly freeskiers, rosy-cheeked ski tourers and the occasional Sami reindeer herd. In March, you’ll still have the best of the snow and a decent chance of spotting the Northern Lights. Åre may have been a ski site since Victorian times, with a creaking, century-old funicular, but it nonetheless feels more forward-thinking than many Alpine resorts. To try and fit in, the shops are well stocked with native outdoor brands like Haglöfs, Lundhags and J Lindeberg.