Cross country skiing
If you have always resisted snow vacations because, for whatever reason, downhill depresses you, cross country skiing vacations are bound to tickle your frozen fancy. Because cross country skiing is all about freedom. Using a different ski with a free-moving heel, you ski in wild places that are free of crowds, congestion and competitive chalet chic brigades. It is tough work, using both arms and legs to propel yourself through blanketed meadows, but also over hills and sometimes, with ski touring, a more advanced form of back country skiing, uphill. But it is worth it. And it is easier to learn as a skill, without having to undergo the humiliation of resort ‘baby slopes’. The French Pyrenees, Dolomites and Austrian Alps have superb trail networks, and of course the Nordic countries gave birth to the sport’s other name, Nordic skiing. As they did the sauna, a compulsory addition to any cross country skiing vacation. Except in Chile, where you can ski up volcanoes, and catch a geothermal hot spa when you come back down again.