10 THINGS TO DO ON A SKI HOLIDAY BESIDES SKIING

If you love skiing, then spending your days hitting the slopes on your ski holiday is exactly what the doctor ordered. But for those who don’t ski, or who prefer to rest for a day between slope sessions (when you’re learning you sometimes need a day or two to get over the bruises!) there are some fantastic activities to try your hand at. Here’s our guide on all the other great activities available at your resort on your skiing holiday.

TubingTubing

Tubing is a great pastime for a bit of fun on your skiing holiday! Tubing is similar to sledging in that you need a slope and not much else besides your tube. The main objective is to get from the top, to the bottom as quickly and having the most fun as possible. The ‘tube’ is usually a large inflatable rubber ring or inner tube, lightweight and squishy and perfect for throwing yourself down the slopes on! Most resorts that offer tubing will have runs open day or night, with some runs dedicated solely to tubing, with magic carpets to ride back up to the top on. You can also try tubing from the back of a snowmobile but as a fun group activity we recommend hitting the slopes.

Dog SleddingDog Sledding

For a wonderfully authentic and memorable experience try husky sledding. Many ski resorts offer the opportunity to try this snowy pastime in a variety of options from driving with a group to driving your very own dog sled. Even if you’re riding as a group, normally each rider will get a chance at driving the sled at least once; we promise you won’t need to say “mush” you’ll just want to keep your hands on the breaks! The experience itself is exciting and thrilling but just being close to the beautiful and powerful husky dogs is a wonderful experience in itself.

A Little PamperingA Little Pampering

Almost all ski resorts will have spas, swimming pools, and hot tubs for you to relax in. After a long day on the slopes, there’s nothing better than spending a little time in the steam room or sauna to get rid of the aches and pains of the day; or taking a refreshing dip in the pool. If you’re learning to ski or snowboard and have had your fair share of ups and downs then why not treat yourself to a soothing beauty treatment or a massage to make sure those aches and pains are gone and you’re ready to face another day at the ski school.

Snowball FightsSnowball Fights

Classic, fun, and surprisingly good exercise; let your inner child come out and indulge in a group snowball fight in the area outside your apartment, chalet or hotel. Allocate two or more teams, and set about building forts and preparing your ammunition. When both sides are ready sound the signal and start pelting the opposite teams with your snowballs! For children, this can be a great way to break the ice (groan) with another family staying nearby to ensure they have a band of playmates to hang out with during the rest of your holiday.

Ski Biking and SnowmobilingSki Biking and Snowmobiling

Ski biking is a great family or group activity and perfect if you’re learning to ski and are getting a little bored of not being very good! Ski bikes are very stable, like skiing, your feet are attached to two skis plus a rear and front ski to ensure stability. You can ride the same lifts as skiers and take on the same runs, ski biking is a great alternative if you want to try something a little different. Snowmobiling is a great activity to try if you enjoy getting off the beaten track or off piste, and also if you enjoy going fast! Snowmobiles run a bit like motorbikes but are on large caterpillar tracks meaning they can tackle deep snow and also driving at an angle.

Ice SkatingIce Skating

Ice skating is a gentle and fun pastime to enjoy on your next snow holiday. Most ski resorts will have an ice rink where you can rent equipment if you don’t have your own, and many rinks also offer lessons if you want to brush up on your twists and twirls. For children and non-skiers, ice skating is a great daytime activity to get plenty of exercise and enjoy being out in the open air, wrapped up warm and surrounded by the beautiful snow and scenery; and for groups and couples it’s a fun night time activity to enjoy after a day on the slopes.

Go ExploringGo Exploring

Ski holidays are normally busy and filled with activity. Early mornings to catch the first lift, short breaks for a lunch and back on the slopes until the last lift closes. By the time you return to your chalet, you’re normally exhausted and don’t feel much like exploring the local area; more like a nice hot bath and a meal! Treat yourself to a day off and explore the resort and local towns. Stop into a cafe or restaurant for a lovely long lunch and a glass of vin chaud, explore the shops or head up the slopes in your boots to take advantage of the beautiful views.

SleddingSledding

Sledding is great fun and a real must do in your free time during your skiing holiday. It’s the epitome of fun in the snow and great fun for couples and groups wanting to get a bit silly and for families to enjoy. Shops at the resort will sell sleds and there will be places where you can rent them as well. Some resorts even have designated sled runs and lifts but if your resort doesn’t, you’ll find plenty of hillsides and you can always use the runs after the lifts have closed, if you don’t mind the walk back up again!

ParapenteParapente

Parapente or Paragliding is an amazing thrill and a really amazing experience to try on your next skiing holiday. Tandem flights are available from the highest point of ski resorts, where you can glide gently down from the top of a slope to the bottom or take an adrenaline fuelled ride where you’ll spiral across the skies and grace the mountain tops. Trips normally need to be arranged in advance and can cost quite a lot, however, it really is an amazing experience and definitely worth a try if you get the chance!

SnowshoeingSnowshoeing

If you’re a non-skier but still want to enjoy the snow and the stunning views then try snowshoeing. Snow shoes and poles can be hired all across your resort and there will be plenty of marked trails around the slopes and local area where you can hike. Snow shoes are great for walking long distances in snow as they help to maintain balance up or downhill. Snowshoeing is a great way to spot some of the local wildlife that you wouldn’t necessarily see when hitting the slopes; you’ll see plenty of birds, marmots, and maybe even a deer!

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