Not everyone wants to spend their whole ski holiday on the slopes, and it can be fun to try something new on the mountain. We have put together a roundup of five activities to try when you go skiing this winter.
The Alpine Coaster
Glacier 3000 in Switzerland offers a personal roller coaster experience that you control, twisting around the mountain. With up to two people per toboggan, you control your own speed with a brake. The ride uses gravity rather than electricity for speed and you only need to be over nine years old (over 130cm) to go it alone on the ride. With the promise of weightlessness for up to six seconds, 520-degree circles, 10 steep curves, six waves and three jumps, this coaster is an adrenaline-fuelled excursion you won’t forget. There’s one important rule – once committed, you can’t stop!
This is an ancient sport which mixes up equestrianism with skiing – a horse tows you as you ski behind. This method of travel has been practiced since 2500BC. The horse can gallop and pull you along at pace. You can have a go at this unusual experience in Chamonix valley, Les Houches & Servoz on trails in the wilderness.
White Water Swimming
Whitewater rafting is fine but if you want your experience a bit more extreme, in the summer months go to Isere rapids in Tignes and throw yourself into the gushing water with nothing more than a neoprene wetsuit, fins and an exaggerated float to guide and protect you. You can book a course on how to navigate the water for under 50 Euros and it’s as close to nature as you could hope for.
At the Morzine-Avoriaz French Alps Ski Resort one of the activities you can try out – even as complete beginners to the sport – is ice diving, basically, diving under the ice crust. A service offered by Takamaka gives you the opportunity to observe marine life under the ice of Lake Montriond. You’ll have full safety and protective gear, a diver with you and a man on the surface – as well as a line to guide you back at any time. This is not an extreme sport and complete novices often have a go but it will get your adrenaline firing.
Paragliding has all the freedom of the parachute jump without the freefall. Les 2 Alpes in France caters for paragliding in the winter and the summer. A tandem paragliding session with an instructor will be an unforgettable way to spend some time as a break from the slopes.