LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2012) - This summer saw the usual rush of new diet books hit the bookshelves, and an increase in the number of young people signing up to local gyms and swimming pools, thanks partly to the enthusiasm generated by the UK's exceptional season of sport.
However, as the nights draw in and the temperatures begin to drop, it becomes more difficult to stay motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Studies have also shown that people tend to consume more calories in the colder months, so what better way to keep the winter blues at bay - and keep an eye on our waistbands - than by booking an active holiday and hitting the ski slopes? You can combine fitness with culture this ski season by flying somewhere snowy with plenty of activities that all ages and all members of the family can enjoy, such as France or Austria.
Grenoble, nestled high in the French Alps, has hundreds of kilometres worth of ski slopes just waiting to be explored, with a picturesque 'chocolate box lid' quality that never fails to charm. Ideal for families, Grenoble also offers plenty of activities to get stuck into off of the slopes - visit a nearby igloo village to learn how the Innu tribe live, or descend into a massive ice cave to witness some truly breath-taking ice sculptures. If you're considering how to get to Grenoble, visit Monarch online for great value deals on flights - you can always spend the savings on a steaming mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine.
Hidden between mountains, Innsbruck is a picturesque Austrian retreat famed for its beautiful ski slopes, and there's no shortage of things to do after an afternoon or morning of skiing. There are plenty of famous buildings to explore, including the Hofburg (Imperial Palace), a baroque styled building with an impressive history. Boys of all ages will enjoy seeing the extensive armoury at the Schloss Ambras, which also boasts an impressive art collection.
Innsbruck attracts its fair share of serious skiers, not least because of its superb facilities. The Bergisel ski jump is world-renowned, standing at 47 meters and providing an excellent vista for those a little shy of hurtling down it.
Cheap flights to top ski destinations are now available with Monarch. Book flights to Innsbruck with Monarch from just £34 per person, departing from Manchester airport. For more information and to start planning your winter getaway, visit www.monarch.co.uk.