There’s more to winter holidays than just skiing and snowboarding. If you’re searching for this year’s break, why not consider something new? What about snowshoeing through the Dolomites or dog sledding in the Arctic Circle?
With the winter holiday season upon us, many people’s thoughts will be turning to skiing or snowboarding. However, if you do a bit of research, you’ll find there are more winter activities to enjoy than just these two. So, if you’re looking for something a little bit more adventurous then why not put on your snowshoes or hooks up the huskies and experience more remote areas?
Walking With a Difference
You might be surprised to learn that snowshoeing is actually the fastest growing winter sport. Not only is it fairly inexpensive compared with traditional winter sports, but it’s also relatively safe, with little chance of injury. If you’ve never been on a winter exodus before, then snowshoeing is easy to learn and you won’t have to have extensive lessons before you get an opportunity to head off.
Once your group sets off, you’ll be able to take in some fantastic scenery, whichever resort you choose. If you’re looking for some truly breathtaking landscapes, than a trip to the Italian Dolomites is well worth it. You can trek through the Fanes-Sennes Natural Park, alongside the Lago di Braies and under the peaks of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Alternatively, you could head for the Oulanka National Park in Finland on your next exodus. Here, you can experience frozen lakes, vast forests of pine trees and waterfalls in a stunning winter wonderland.
Travel In Style
If you’re looking for a truly unique adventure, then you should try a dog sledding holiday. These can either be combined as part of a winter activity holiday, or you could take part in a longer trip. The more time you spend with the huskies, the more opportunity you’ll have to become involved and get to know the animals. However you choose to experience this, you’ll be able to learn about the huskies, as well as travelling through areas that would be inaccessible any other way.
A great area to travel through on a dog sled is Sweden’s Arctic Circle. This remote part of the world offers some stunning landscapes and the chance to really get away from the modern world. It allows you to return to nature and a simpler way of life, with nothing but your huskies and group members for company.
Head Cross Country
If you really can’t be parted from your skis, why not give cross country skiing a try? This is one of the most popular winter sports, second only to downhill skiing but far easier to learn. As with traditional skiing, there are different trails depending on your level of ability and a range of holidays that cater for everyone. The terrain is relatively flat, allowing you to experience some incredible winter landscapes away from the crowded slopes. There are cross country skiing holidays available in a number of countries, including France, Italy, Switzerland and Norway.
Next time you’re planning a winter holiday, maybe you’ll think a bit more differently. Instead of following the crowds to the traditional skiing resorts, there’s the opportunity to experience somewhere and something different.