Overcrowded slopes, skis constantly getting crossed up, or trauma from that skiing course in kindergarten – there are plenty of reasons not to like skiing. But for anyone who would still like to swish around through the snow and ice, we have found five alternative winter sports for you!
1. Ice Climbing
Climbing up a frozen waterfall: Granted, it’s not a sport for the faint of heart. But the person who dares will probably experience a unique combination of sport and nature. As a paradise for ice climbing in Europe, Norway, due to the low temperatures, has countless frozen waterfalls because freeze has many different climbing routes of varying difficulties for interested parties.
Also, ice climbing is possible in some other parts of Europe like Austria – here you will find some useful advice.
Walking through the snow with two gizmos that look like tennis rackets on your feet. The practice we remember from old movies about mountain climbing has now become fashionable again: what’s great about snowshoeing is that you can walk through the winter landscape independently of trails or cross-country tracks. But before going out on a snowshoe adventure, you should definitely find out about the area, because animals may under no circumstances be disturbed, and on isolated routes you have to pay attention to the possibility of avalanches! One popular area for snowshoeing is the Bavarian Forest.
As the name suggests, two sports are combined in this sport: snowboarding (or perhaps skiing) and kiting, that is, flying a kite. Speeds of 45 mph or more can be achieved – and you can ride the mountain in all directions. Experienced participants make an impression with complex jumps. Here you can find some advice on where to snowkite in Europe or the US.
4. Dog sled rides
Dog sleds: In Alaska, Greenland, or the Arctic they are a means of transportation, but they are also used for specialized races. City dwellers can even try special introductory courses in this nostalgic vehicle. Riding with excited, playful Siberian Huskies through Lapland, being pulled through the Canadian hinterland, sweating in the sauna afterwards – definitely a more comfortable alternative to the snowmobile!
5. Snow bikes
It sounds like the perfect sport for cyclists: snow biking. What the snow bike, also called snow bob, doesn’t have is pedals made, but it does have a saddle and a handlebar. For the curious, an introductory course is recommended: You will learn not only how to ride the bike, to use the brakes and to accelerate, but also how to get the thing onto a ski lift without hurting yourself.