Places to stay: Principe Delle Neve, Cervinia, Italy

My new series of special places to stay around the world kicks off with the decadent Principe Delle Neve Hotel in Cervinia, the poshest pitstop on the Italian slopes. Shot ski, anyone?

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I spent five months working as a seasonnaire in Cervinia, a cosy little ski town nestled under the Matterhorn in the Italian Alps. Cervinia may share the mountain with super-posh Zermatt on the Swiss side, but it’s worlds apart in style – it’s chilled-out, friendly and full of cosy wooden chalet restaurants and warm pubs. Oh, and you won’t have to queue for a lift – result.

If you still crave a little bit of luxury, though, stop by the Principe Delle Nevi hotel after a hard day on the pistes. Who cares if you can’t afford to stay here? All of the action is in the bar anyway. Right off the home run into town, by day Principe is a chilled out alfresco hangout for the coolest kids on skis – relax in one of their huge spherical sofas with a gluwein or a dirty burger. By night, DJs set up, snow boots get kicked off and everyone is dancing on the tables or lined up under their infamous Shot Ski. Oh, and you can even have a little dip in their heated pool if you ask nicely.

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