One of the most surprising features of largely low-lying Wallonia is that it has a flourishing skiing industry, with as many as eight centres in the Ardennes and the wild Haute Fagnes plain.
What this part of Belgium lacks in altitude - the highest ski run is 530 metres above sea level - they make up with distinctly Alpine weather conditions in the winter months. The ski centre at Ovifat even calls itself "Ski Alpin Ovifat".
The best downhill resort is at Mont des Brumes, between Francorchamps and La Gleize, which has four lifts and a run of about 1,000 m, including a hair-raising "red run" section. Who would have expected that in one of the "Low countries"? There is also excellent cross-country skiing in the Hautes Fagnes natural park, near Wallonia's highest point at Botrange.