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Featured place: Belvedere B&B, Chambons, Italy

Posted by Richard Hammond at 05:49 on Saturday 18 November 2006

The ski train to Bourg St Maurice isn't the only option for train travel to the slopes. For a more DIY low-emissions trip to the Italian Alps, take the 9.09am Eurostar to Paris, then change for the direct high-speed TGV to Turin's Porta Susa station, arriving early evening. The English owners of Belvedere B&B will pick you up and take you to their restored 16th-century Alpine "casa" in Chambons in the heart of Val Chisone, where you'll be cracking open a bottle of Beba before you think twice about the crowded pistes of the Trois Vallées.

There are three double rooms, basic but each has a private bathroom and two have mountain views. It's in the Piedmont region - so expect organic "slow food" - and many of the facilities are eco-friendly, such as a wood-fired heater, recycling and low-impact activities, including a cross-country ski circuit, which starts from right outside the front door. There's also snow-shoeing nearby in the Troncea valley. Or, if downhill slopes are just too tempting, the resorts of Sestriere and Puri (home of the last winter Olympics) are a 30-minute drive away (owners can provide transfer).

A room costs £35 per night or a seven-day introduction to snow shoeing and cross-country skiing costs £495 half-board. belvederebedandbreakfast.com, 0039 0121 884701.

This article, by Richard Hammond, was first published in the Guardian.

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