collaborative post // Thinking of going on a snow holiday? Whether you’re visiting the slopes of the Alps, the Northern Lights, or a cabin in a Scandinavian forest, there are lots of fun activities you can do in the snow. Here are our ideas for the best activities for snow holidays.
Perhaps the most obvious snow holiday activity, skiing never goes out of fashion. There are loads of places where you can ski, from the slopes of the Alps to the Scandinavian wilderness.
Among the most popular and family friendly places for skiing is the Alpe d’Huez in south western France, which has slopes to suit all levels and abilities of skiers. Visitors are spoiled for choice with opportunities for piste skiing, which can be done on your own or with a specialist guide.
Always check the snow forecast beforehand and familiarise yourself with a map of the pistes. You can find a detailed map, as well as the latest weather updates for the area, at https://pistepro.com/resort/alpe-dhuez/.
If your idea of the perfect holiday includes massages and relaxing by the poolside, then a visit to a winter spa could be for you. Many ski resorts have spas and there’s nothing quite as satisfying as returning from a day on the slopes to enjoy a nice warm sauna or a thermal pool.
A lot of winter sport resorts offer hot tubs and in some, you’re able to take advantage of local hot springs. Now, doesn’t that sound incredible?
Art and photography
Why not use the spectacular views to inspire your creativity? Whether you enjoy painting landscapes, writing winter poetry, or taking Instagrammable snaps, being in a magical snowy environment is sure to get your creative juices flowing.
Snow landscapes are stunning for practising your photography; plus, the skies are often clear. Depending on where you are in the world, you might be able to view the Northern Lights, which are certainly a sight to behold.
If you’re an animal lover, then you’ll be pleased to hear that many winter sport resorts offer dog sled rides. Dog sledding, whether it be competitive or just for fun, often involves husky-type breeds and is particularly popular for tourists in Scandinavian countries.
It’s worth noting though that dog sled rides are very popular and many activity operators get booked up months in advance. Always plan ahead in plenty of time to avoid disappointment.
Having been invented in Michigan in the 1960s, snowboarding has grown to become one of the most popular winter sports. Snowboarding is so popular that these days, most ski resorts will allow snowboarders the use of their ski runs.
You’ll likely be able to hire the required equipment as well. Not only does snowboarding look cool, it also has lots of advantages when it comes to your health.
As a physical sport, it provides an excellent cardiovascular workout, which in turn reduces your chances of heart disease and improves your overall heart health.
If you enjoy winter walks and hiking, then snowshoeing might be the activity for you. Snowshoeing is a bit like hiking but, as the name suggests, it involves walking through the snow.
Snowshoeing might not seem as challenging as other winter sports, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have health benefits.
The activity is an excellent cardio workout and helps with building endurance, balance, and agility. Snowshoeing is also a very versatile activity and can be done at most snow resorts.
There are many activities you can do while on holiday in a snowy environment. These are just some of our favourites.