It’s not just skiing and snowboarding you can do on a ski holiday, now there are many weird and wonderful activities you can enjoy on your winter holiday in Europe this season. Take a look at our favourites 10 right here and let us know if you’ve ever tried any these by commenting on the blog below.
1. Sauna gondola in Yllas, Finland
Have you ever dreamed of being in a sauna while suspended in mid-air, overlooking stunning landscapes? Well, now’s your chance to make that dream come true. Located in the Lapland province of Finland, Ylläs is home to the world’s first sauna gondola. Sit inside the cosy gondola and watch the world go by as you relax in your private spa.
2. Waterslide in Les Arcs, France
Tucked away in the Alps, Les Arcs is giving you the chance to ski (or snowboard) on water. A steep slope leads on to a huge tub of water in which skiers glide over. It’s much harder than it looks!
3. Snow Polo in St Moritz, Switzerland
This hugely popular event happens every year in late January and draws huge crowds – last year it attracted 12,000 spectators overall. The polo tournament takes place on the huge frozen lake in St. Moritz and is certainly something unique which you can tell your friends about! The 2017 tournament takes place 27 – 29 January.
4. Skijoring in Samoens, France
Skijoring involves being dragged by a large animal (usually a pony) whilst on skis. It takes some getting used to, but eventually you may speed up from a walk to a trot, or even to a gallop!
5. Hot air balloon in Gstaad, Switzerland
You could enjoy the breath-taking views of the Swiss Alps in Gstaad as you float around the sky in a hot air balloon. Sit back and relax – as long as you’re not scared of heights.
6. Bun J Ride in Tignes, France
For the thrill-seekers among you, the Bun J Ride in Tignes is an absolute must! It combines skiing with bungee jumping and zip wiring. Skiers speed down a slope and off the edge into mid-air, before plunging downwards. You can try front flips, back flips, or simply close your eyes and scream!
7. Ice driving and karting in Val Thorens, France
In Val Thorens you can drive in real rally cars in a fantastic ice-driving track. You can book training sessions with professional drivers and practise all the techniques. It is potentially a once-in-a-lifetime experience, on the 760m track, at an altitude of 2200m, making it the highest track in Europe. Similarly, you can enjoy racing against friends and family on the nearby ice-kart track. Ice-karting sessions can be booked throughout the week.
Also in Val Thorens you can tes the zip wire! At the top of the Bouchet chairlift, in the Orelle Resort, you can soar through the open air, suspended 250m above ground. Thrill seekers will love this 1300m zip wire upon which you can reach speeds of 100km/h. The cable takes you from Orelle to Val Thorens, also making it a convenient method of transport regardless!
8. Watch an ice hockey match in Morzine, France
Local team Morzine Penguins play regularly at home, and matches are always great social occasions for friends and families to enjoy.
9. Ride in a Bobsleigh in La Plagne, France
Another activity for the thrill-seekers – bobsleigh! Experience speeds of up to 80-90km/h as you plummet down the original Olympic bobsleigh run from the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville. Bob rafting costs 44€ and can reach 80km/h on the 1500m track. On the other end of the spectrum, 122€ can get you bob racing, reaching 120 km/h over the 19 bends.
10. Ice Diving in Tignes, France
Explore Lake Tignes underneath the thick layer of ice which covers it. You will be accompanied by a professional diver; however it is probably still only for the adrenaline-junkies among you. Capture the magic on a GoPro and relive the memories with friends and family.