Although an annual ski trip is like a religion for some families, the amount of winter adventures to be had out there in the big white world are growing big time. Many of which are much more responsible than piste bashing anyway. In the Alps you can go snowshoeing, climb a frozen waterfall, go zip wiring, build an igloo or, if you are over eight, even go paragliding.
And if Santa no longer visits your house, you could regenerate some of the seasonal magic in Finnish Lapland, driving a sled with a team of huskies, tobogganing down Finnish fells, learning about traditional Sami culture, or going on sleigh rides pulled by reindeer. The High Tatras Mountains of Slovakia are another such winter wonderland, far off most skiersí radars. Here you can not only do all the frosty frolics above, you can also jump into hot, steamy thermal springs afterwards.