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‘Winter sports’ doesn’t just have to mean skiing!

With winter in full swing, you might be thinking about how to make the most of the cold weather by donning your skis or your snowboard and heading for a winter sports break on the slopes. But instead of just going for the more obvious options, why not try something a bit different in the snow? Here are five ideas for some less conventional sub-zero sports and activities to mix things up a bit during the winter months.

Snowshoeing – If you find it difficult to take in the natural beauty of your location whilst skiing, trading your skis for snowshoes and going for a winter walk through the snow could be a perfect alternative. One of the most beautiful snowshoeing locations is the Dolomites in northeastern Italy, where walking through the majestic mountain ranges has been popular for some time.

Ice driving – If you’re a fan of the adrenaline rush rally driving provides, swapping the track for a frozen arctic lake will take the thrill to another level. Head to Sweden for an icy experience behind the wheel of a powerful Mitsubishi or Subaru that you won’t forget in a hurry.

Dog sledding – Letting a team of huskies pull you through the winter landscape allows you to experience a truly authentic way of getting around in the snow. Lapland is a top destination for dog sledding, with the Sami people organising husky-powered expeditions to areas of the Finnish wilds which would otherwise be unaccessible.

Night Tobogganing – Switzerland is home to the longest floodlit toboggan run in Europe. All you need to experience the thrill of sliding down 6km of ice and snow is to hire a sled and a helmet. When you reach Bergün at the bottom, if you want to experience it again, you just have to catch the train back to the top!

Snowmobile Safari – Snowmobiles were literally built to make getting around in the snow as quick and easy as possible, so why not book a snowmobile safari in the frozen north.

Our top pick? It’s got to be seeing the Northern Lights right in front of your eyes.


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