There is more to a ski resort than just the skiing!
Earl Knudsen | 31 January 2017 | Family Ski Holidays
For many years the main purpose of going on a ski holiday was to ski as many runs as possible followed by some apres every day and return back to the office with a glorious goggle tan and a few unwanted pounds around the middle (no amount of skiing could ever burn off a Raclette feast!). Could this be about to change? According to recent ski travel trend reports, more travellers are looking to broaden their experiences while on holiday, with a growing percentage of people heading to the mountains in winter to enjoy alternative activities other than skiing. This could well be the reason why more and more ski resorts are offering a broader range of activities suitable for skiers and non skiers alike. Here is a round up of some of the alternative activities that can be enjoyed as part of your ski/winter holiday…
Ice Driving/Ice Karting
Top of the activities list is ice driving, which has seen an increase in participation over the past few years. Skid and slide on the ice and learn how to drive in extreme conditions. A perfect choice for those seeking a new kind of adrenaline rush. If you want to have some fun with a groups of friends then definitely try snow karting. The karts are specially designed for the snow with lots of safety features which make it a suitable activity for older children.
Ice karting and driving popular ski resort activities
‘Fat’ Snow Biking
A fairly recent craze from the US, Fat (named fat due to the very wide tyres) biking has become a popular snow activity. In many resorts you can hire fat bikes quite easily to take out for a play around or you can join organised tours with a guide who can teach you the more technical aspects of Fat biking.
Available in: most main ski resorts
Fat biking with a view
The most famous is the La Tyrolienne in Val Thorens. Starting at Orelle (3,230) and finishing at Col de Thorens (3,000), this zip wire is the highest in the world. The journey is 1,300m, and we have no doubt you will feel like an Eagle in full flight. The ultimate choice for the true adrenaline junkie!
Although this is not a speed junkie kind of sport, ice diving is more a wild adventure with plenty of adrenaline. Discover a whole new winter world under the water with the help of professional instructors, there is no need to have been diving before.
It seems that ski holidays are becoming less about indulging on raclette and hot chocolate and more about fitness and wellbeing! According to findings by Club Med’s 2016/17 Ski Report, there is an increasing demand for ski holidays to be all encompassing, providing action and excitement alongside wellness, relaxation and health. Many ski resorts and hotels offer wellness centres. Le Chabichou Courchevel 1850 a rustic-chic alpine retreat in the heart of Courchevel is renown for its wellness centre.
The Chabichou Hote Spa in Courchevel
Activity Complexes/Water Parks
Families, particularly those with young children, know the on-going challenge of keeping children entertained on a family ski holiday. Unlike adults, children do not always take to skiing all day and everyday, so many families search for resorts that provide long periods of entertainment. If you are looking for something more state of the art then the Aquamotion in Corchevel, the largest European Water Park in the mountains! An area of 10 000 m2 indoor – 5 000 m2 outdoor consisting of an Aquafun area, Aquarelax area, Aquawellness area and a Aqua Sports Activities. You will find that many resorts offer sports/activity complexes specifically built for families in mind.
Aquariaz in Avoriaz
What better way to explore beautiful remote parts of the mountain and take in the unspoilt scenery, whilst keeping fit than with a brisk walk on a pair of snow-shoes. Great fun and exercise for all ages!
Available in: most ski resorts
Snow-shoeing – a great way to enjoy the stunning landscape.
Husky dog sledding
Enjoy the mountain landscape with with a team of dogs pulling you along on a sled. It’s a great family activity.
Available in: many ski resorts
Dog-sledding in Verbier
We have only listed a few resort activities, just because we couldn’t list them all – there are so many! Should you require a full list of activities, you can find comprehensive list and details of all activities for your chosen resort by visiting the relevant tourist board website. Go-on try something new on your next ski holiday…
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