Profitable tip: Snow trails, Valmalenco, Italy
It is a gorgeous space of Lombardy, excessive within the Alps. From the highest of the Valmalenco cable automotive we adopted snow trails by the woods to the enchanting Lago Palù, the place we walked throughout the frozen lake to slightly igloo with ice desk and stools. Fifteen minutes additional on we reached the cosy Rifugio Palù overlooking the lake under, the place we stopped for a hearty lunch within the sunshine earlier than leaping aboard its motor-sledge, which whisked us again to the cable automotive station. All three generations loved the winter journey.Martha Hales
Snow tubing, Kyrgyzstan

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Having no snowboarding abilities, the perfect enjoyable I ever had was snow tubing in Kyrgyzstan. The resort, Kashka Suu, a brief drive from the capital, Bishkek, isn’t busy, has stunning powdery snow and provides nice runs for the entire household. The lodge is heat and the meals healthful. We went as a bunch of households and had a beautiful weekend below blue skies, whizzing down slopes in internal tubes, which the resort supplied. And from £25 an evening it provides nice worth for cash. Karen
Tobogganing, French Alps

Roc’n Bob toboggan run, Les Menuires
The Roc’n Bob in Les Menuires, a part of the Trois Vallées, is a 4km tobogganing run. The value consists of use of the cable automotive that takes you to the highest of the course, the place you’ll choose up your toboggan, geared up with brakes used for slowing down and steering your method across the course. There are breathtaking views as you skid and slide round a number of turns and banks. Regardless of the three valleys being notoriously costly, at simply €11 a run (€40 for household of 4) that is nice worth for cash.• en.lesmenuires.comJameele
Andorra’s field

Tobotronc, Naturlandia. {Photograph}: Álex Caparrós
Andorra has some nice low cost snowboarding (Arinsal) and consuming (oh my, the croquetas at Bar Xenius in Sant Julià) however in the event you fancy one thing totally different within the snow, there are 90-minute igloo-building lessons (rewarding however knackering), ski-biking, indoor ice go-karting, tubing, a speedy zipline over a frozen lake, and an epic toboggan-style rollercoaster, Tobotronc, dodging by the snow-covered pine forest for over 5km (from €8). Lots of the actions function after darkish, too.Antony T
Lapland adventures, Finland

Dogsledding close to Saariselkä. {Photograph}: Alamy
Saariselkä in Finnish Lapland is great for every kind of winter adventures. With 200km of ski trails (30km floodlit for brief winter days), some working into Urho Kekkonen nationwide park, and snowshoeing hikes, there’s loads of alternative to discover the fells (an Previous Norse phrase, so not only for northern England), the place you would possibly spot reindeer, pink squirrels, golden eagles and wolverine tracks. Dogsledding, snowmobiles, reindeer-drawn sleds, and the longest toboggan run (adults €25, together with skating and snow-tubing) within the nation are the perfect methods of getting about. I took an ice-fishing journey (€80 together with drinks, gear, transport) and caught some magnificent Arctic char, cooking them over a wooden hearth on the sting of the forest.Vicky Inglis
Snowshoeing within the Balkans

Snowshoeing in Kosovo with Butterfly Outside Journey
The Accursed Mountains kind the border between Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro – a limestone bulk that glows white and blue on winter days. Snowshoeing is the best way to go at a human tempo to listen to this panorama’s human story – of inspiring adventures, corresponding to the primary Albanian lady to climb Everest, who shaped the Butterfly Outside Journey tour firm that organises snowshoeing right here (€200 for 2 days together with information, B&B, meals and kit). Historical tales of hospitality have been shared with us throughout lengthy evenings warmed by dialog, wooden fires and raki brandy.Elizabeth
Engadin valley, Switzerland

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The Swiss paradise of the Engadin valley provides a bunch of snowy adventures and isn’t so pricey. The string of frozen lakes within the valley backside are laced with strolling trails; we love mountaineering there within the winter. Sils Maria is our favorite Engadin vacation spot, a cute and historical village backed by the romantic Val Fex, the place there are many winter mountaineering trails and a few pretty locations to cease for decent chocolate or a meal. Braver souls than us can even benefit from the toboggan run that snakes all the way down to the lakeshore at Sils.Matt Thurstan
Go bonkers in bin liners, France

Chalet on the valley slopes, Méribel. {Photograph}: Nikolay Korzhov/Alamy
In Méribel, we seen babies having a good time sledging down the nursery slope on the finish of the day. After just a few après ski drinks, we thought we’d wish to attempt however didn’t have a sledge. Nonetheless, we discovered black poubelle (dustbin) liners. We stepped into the baggage, made holes for our toes, pulled them up and off we set, haring down the slope at a speedy price of knots. Having marched again up the slope, we shaped a prepare – after we derailed, I laughed a lot I almost moist myself. What low cost enjoyable leisure.Helen
Winter Park, Colorado

Sundown at Byers Peak, close to Winter Park, Colorado. {Photograph}: Adam Springer/Getty Pictures
Simply earlier than leaving for a household vacation to Colorado, my spouse discovered she was three months pregnant. So as a substitute of snowboarding, as deliberate, we rented snowshoes and hiked across the trails. We walked the Fraser River Path and within the Arapaho nationwide forest – true backcountry wonderland. It was all so scenic and picturesque, and pregnant woman-friendly. My retired dad and mom, who’re eager skiers, joined us as a substitute of hitting the slopes that day, and snowshoeing was a revelation for them – the spotlight of their journey.I Greig
Demons within the snow, Austria

Krampus folklore celebration. {Photograph}: Rex
It’s nearly a yr away now, but it surely’s properly price a visit in December to Austria’s east Tirol to see Krampuslauf – a barely scary custom with pagan origins wherein horned demons (krampus) run by the streets punishing these deemed naughty. In Matrei In Osttirol every year in early December a mad rush of Krampuses crash by the streets, driving all earlier than them. Keep at Lodge Hinteregger (doubles from €90 B&B) and drink sufficient jägertee (a rum/tea combine) to obliviate the ache in the event that they catch you. The ski resort of Mallnitz, a 90-minute drive from Matrei, has the same custom referred to as Perchten simply after Christmas.Tylaar haran
Glen Nevis, Highlands

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Tenting within the snow is okay so long as you’re heat. With plenty of layers and many heat socks, a snowy break in Glen Nevis will be nice enjoyable. I’ve a butane fuel heater and an air mattress, which helps. There’s nothing extra great than a winter wonderland that you just don’t must share with anybody you don’t select to.Sian Burns