Perhaps you have grandparents staying or friends who haven’t caught the skiing bug, or maybe you just fancy a break from thrashing around on the slopes.

The charming resort of Châtel offers a host of alternative diversions. Coffee shops, bars and restaurants line the main streets providing welcome opportunities for relaxation and people watching. Tempting artisan foods and crafts can be bought in local shops.

For something more active why not try some of our favourite past times?

1. Snow shoeing

Get away from the crowds to peaceful areas where solitude and nature abound. Over 80km of trails are sign-posted around Châtel and Morgins, both in the high mountains and through the lower forests. If you would rather not head out alone, guides will happily accompany you and plan appropriate routes.

2. On the slopes without the skis

For children and the young at heart there are a variety of dedicated sledging runs. Driven by speed? Try the hilarious snake-gliss. This line of articulated sledges slides down empty slopes – suitable for ages 8+. Even faster are the inflatable air-boards, for which helmets are definitely required!

3. Moutain restaurants

Châtel, being located in the Valleé d’Abondance, has a strong connection with mountain cuisine. Restaurants are scattered over the slopes, many being easily accessible by non-skiers. Savoyard food is produced with flair in a backdrop of stunning scenery, outdoor terraces and tempting wines.

4. Swimming and spas

The Châtel leisure centre is a contemary setting with a great selection of facilities. The outdoor pool includes a bubbling Jacuzzi, as well as indoor pools and kids area. If you would rather enjoy an indulgent massage, the Ocean Spa has a wide range of treatments to help you unwind.

5. Take to the skies with paragliding and the Fantasticable.

Fly over the valley at high speed with the Fantastcable, suspended from a cable stretching between the mountain tops. At 1200m in length and with speeds of up to 100km/h this is one of the most exhilarating zip wires ever. For a more peaceful descent the paraglider floats over mountains, giving a bird’s eye view of the slopes below.

Clare Galloway is Director at Clarian Chalets.

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