10 Magical Alpine Villages to Visit Before The Rest of the World Catches On

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Whether you’re eagerly anticipating the first snowfall of the season or dreading a possible return of the Polar Vortex, there’s no mistaking the chill in the air: Winter is coming. This year, why not embrace the season with an international slope-side getaway to the Alps, the world's winter resort wonderland? But don’t just settle for the first town that comes to mind — we’ve rounded up the most underrated Alpine villages. After all, there’s more to the Alps than just Gstaad (though that legendarily chic resort town is, indeed, heaven). Why not consider a getaway to the thermal spas of Bad Ragaz, home to the world’s first wellness resort? Or explore the cobblestone streets of Pontresina, the hidden gem of the Engadin Valley? Whether you love to wake for the fresh tracks to ski at dawn or you're more likely to hang by the fireplace until it’s time for après, these Alpine villages are guaranteed bliss for all travelers. Why not take the (mountain) road less traveled? We hear it makes all the difference.

What are your favorite villages in the Alps? Let us know @BritandCo.

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