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Budget Swiss Alps

Switzerland’s mountains host charming villages backed by colossal peaks and slopes that beg for outdoor adventure year-round – and not everything costs the Earth.

MINI GUIDE

Bettmeralp comes with natural balcony views

Winter

1 BETTMERALP

For cheaper deals in ski season, it’s best to stick to lower-key resorts. This car-free hamlet, accessible only by cable car, is the stuff of Swiss Alpine dreams. Skiing is sensationally picturesque: the run at the top of the Bettmerhorn cable car (2,647m) skirts the edge of the Aletsch Glacier – the largest in the Alps and a World Heritage site (aletscharena.ch; one-day ski pass including cable car £50).

2 GRINDELWALD

Part of the Jungfrau region but less storied than Wengen or Mürren, Grindelwald’s natural assets are film-set stuff. The chiselled features of the Eiger’s north face, the glinting tongues of Oberer and Unterer Glaciers and the crownlike peak of Wetterhorn will make you lunge for your camera (grindelwald.ch; one-day ski pass £50). In late January, artists create extraordinary ice sculptures at the World Snow Festival.

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