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Live life on the sledge in the Arctic or go for snow in the Alps or US

Let there be light in Finnish woods

Ever skied with a sledge attached to your waist? Us neither, but the new Finnish ‘backwoods’ experience (not backwards — that would be silly) requires just that. Here you will explore the Urho Kekkonen National Park on sturdy Finnish-made cross-country skies, pulling your belongings behind you. Your four nights in the wilderness will be spent sleeping in heated teepees and, with luck, admiring the Northern Lights. From £949 per person, excluding flights, whereaboutsholidays.com

Thrills and pils on the slopes

VERBIER’S new après-ski destination, Vie Montagne, will open in December, revealing a fine-dining restaurant and an on-site microbrewery called The Bier Haus. Here, with the mighty brew tanks as your backdrop, you can sup a pilsner-style lager, an IPA beer and a coffee-milk stout, all made from lovely Alpine water. viemontagne.com

Cut transfer times with direct routes to Switzerland

Powdair is an exciting new direct route to the mountains and will connect five UK airports to Switzerland’s small Sion terminal. The new fuss-free service, which launches on December 11, is available from Bristol, Luton, Manchester, Southampton and Southend, and will cut out long transfer times to the likes of Verbier, Nendaz, Thyon 4 Vallées, Crans-Montana and more. One-way on December 11 costs £233, powdair.ski

Powder perfect for quiet time in Utah

Powder Mountain is ‘the best little-known ski resort in the world,’ according to ski holiday heavyweight Ski Safari. The tour operator has just added the Utah resort to its new winter portfolio on the basis that Pow Mow — as it is affectionately known to locals — is only an hour’s journey from Salt Lake City, and has a total of 167 slopes, more than 8,000 acres of skiable terrain, 12 metres of yearly snow and the fewest skiers per acre of any North American resort. From £1,250 for seven nights. skisafari.com