My husband and two children aged 9 and 12 desperately want to go on a skiing holiday but I really don’t like skiing. Where can we go to keep the whole family happy? Beth, London
This is a common problem and one that puts many families off taking a skiing holiday together. Thankfully, it’s also one that’s been recognised by many ski resorts who now offer plenty to keep the non-skiers happy.
Avoriaz in France has some of the best off-the-slope activities in Europe. If you’re sporty, the area offers Nordic cross-country walking, allowing you to take in the stunning views. You could also try mountain biking on snow, horse riding, tobogganing or even skydiving!
If you fancy something a bit more relaxing, then Avoriaz has a real ace up its sleeve – the sub-tropical Aquariaz water park. It’s kept just below 30°C and features a range of different pools, a waterfall and slides.
Once you’ve enjoyed a dip, you can then hit the credit card. The town centre has lots of cafés, restaurants and shops – all accessed on foot or by horse-drawn sleigh in this car-free resort. There’s more shopping in nearby Morzine, a short cable-car ride away.
If you fancy a very different type of winter holiday, check out the Sierra Nevada in Spain, Europe’s most southerly ski resort. It’s one of the few places where you can ski in the morning then hit the beach in the afternoon. The area has some good, and surprisingly cheap, ski resorts. Many people book a hotel room in the foothills of the mountains, in and around the fascinating city of Granada. It’s then easy to drive up to ski areas such as the Borreguiles mountain, which is good for beginners.
If you head south, you’ll reach the Costa Tropical and pretty towns like Salobreña, which have excellent beaches and plenty of winter sun.