High in the Alps, teetering on the Italian/French boarder is the tiny ski resort town of Sestriere. Here the best thing to have with your cappuccino, and to ease the pain of your sun-burned raccoon face, is the warm apple strudel. It's a small enough place to walk to the ski lifts from where you are staying. I discovered that Sestriere was’t always the bustling weekend retreat that is now. In 1930 Giovanni Agnelli, the founder of FIAT, purchased a large section of the mountain to build a ski lift and a resort. With the Agnelli's came Torino society and then everybody else including the 2006 Winter Olympics.
I also hear there is a golf course under all that snow, the highest elevation course in all of Europe. But if you hit your ball into the rough, you'll have to search through the Edelweiss to find it.
P.S. Snowboarders welcome.