Sweeping up from the northern end of Lake Garda, Trentino is one of Italy’s great ski regions, and anyone who tries to tell you otherwise obviously knows nothing. The hint is in 730km of downhill runs, cross-country trails covering upwards of 450km and a long, snow-sure season, helped out by 3000 snow cannons covering 80% of slopes.

But there’s more to a family ski holiday than just skiing, and few places understand that better than multi-faceted Trentino. So whether you don’t ski/won’t ski or just want to mix up the skiing with other fun stuff, take a look at the top seven ski-free, snow-centric activities recommended by the experts at Discover Trentino for family holiday this winter.

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1/7  Tobogganing is more thrilling than ever

Depending on your kids’ ages, they might have forgotten how much fun tobogganing is, or not even tried it out yet. Either way, there are quick fixes for that all over Trentino this winter and quite a few surprises, destined to thrill even the staunchest toboggan traditionalist on your team.

  • Night-hawks will like tobogganing the 2.5km long floodlit trails at Laner-Obereggen in Val di Fiemme.
  • High above Predazzo, the region’s first ever Alpine Coaster is designed for riders who don’t think mere toboggans are fast enough.
  • Val di Fassa has a great mix of tubing and tobogganing experiences for all ages, from fun mini-trails in kid-friendly snowparks to white-knuckle runs for teens.
  • Alpe Cimbra is the ultimate in Trentino tobogganing and comes complete with state of the art sledge lifts to whisk you up to the top of the run so you can zip straight down, without getting off your toboggan at all.

Find out more about tobogganing in Trentino this winter