As one of the best ways to discover the beautiful mountain landscape, cross-country skiing (or Nordic skiing) will take you off the beaten ski track onto well-groomed snow trails that navigate across the mountains. Europe seriously delivers when it comes to cross-country skiing tracks.

Some of the best cross-country ski resorts are only a short flight away, but where should you go?

From the fantastic heights of the French Pyrénées to the vast trails of the Austrian Alps and the Italian Dolomites, there’s a wealth of resorts where you can make your first strides on the skinny skis.