Preparing yourself for the endless drone of slope goers and planning where to go to avoid them completely? White Line Hotels offers an eclectic selection of winter breaks which offer more than ski poles and salopettes. Whether you intend to relax in front of the fire absorbed in a good book or activities that range from wilderness lunches, ice fishing and dog sleigh rides in Norway, to ice skating surrounded by the dramatic landscapes of Poland, these all cater so much more than the standard hotel essentials.

Below are three of our favourites with rustic charm and a cool winter vibe taking you through some of the best hidden secrets in which you can soak up those quaint chocolate box exteriors with a twist, which won’t have you carving up the slopes.

Herangtunet Boutique Hotel, Norway

Ice Fishing at Herangtunet

Winter activities in Norway from Herangtunet are endless. Winter is a magical time of year here at Herungtunet design hotel. Wood stoves warm the bones, flames roar and outside the Ofyr is like a campfire you gather around and cook your own food on. Starting November, snow arrives and with it come almost unlimited winter sport activities that last till April.

Juvet Landskapshotell, Norway 

The view at Juvet Landscape Hotel

Juvet Landscape Hotel – a synthesis of raw Norwegian nature, cultural history and modern architecture. The first landscape hotel in Europe is situated in the farmstead of Burtigarden farm at Alstad in Valldal, on a steep, natural levee amongst birch, aspen, pine and age-old boulders. From mid-February, you can experience fantastic winter adventures.

Hotel Galery69, Poland

Ice sailing at Gallery 69

With a carefully crafted narrative of art, design and nature, this lakeside retreat sits wrapped in snow, with a great silence and peace. Evenings are wonderfully long, and days are short enough that it’s hard to get tired. Perfect for resting, but first go for ice and snow. The frozen lake offers much more than rippling water. Skate and skate, skate on sleighs, pounce on kite board, and finally … navigate the boat. Nothing will give you such adrenaline like ice sailing.