Just musing about a future trip. @Kletterer mentioned in another thread that the town of Imst near Landeck in Austria would be a nice place to spend some time. It got me thinking. I would prefer to stay in a traditional village away from ski resorts when on holiday because I find they're quieter and (I could be mistaken here) but more 'genuine' and I find the locals are friendlier. Add to this the accommodation and restaurants are generally more reasonable and I believe it's worth considering. Next Christmas I will be either heading to Canada (not related to this thread) or Europe for early season turns so proximity to mountains with a good early season record would be best. I'm thinking Ischgl, Arlberg, Solden, Obergurgl etc in Austria or Tignes, Val Thorens, Val D, Les Arcs etc in France. I would have a car and would like a base to take in a couple/few/number of ski resorts over the course of the holiday. *We went to the Zillertal last year and loved it so would like to check out a different region.