It is the time of year where the choice of family holiday is often a ski one, however there are often members of the group who don’t ski or snowboard or who want to spend some of the day doing other activities. The choice and variety does depend on which resort you are visiting but here are a choice of some alternative activities available.
Be in charge of your own sled and team of beautiful husky dogs, driving them along snowy forest paths is an magical experience.
Those who enjoy speed will love riding a powerful snow-mobile (like a motorbike with caterpillar tracks) off the beaten track giving you access to the views normally only appreciated from on the piste.
There are many marked hiking trails which offer a peaceful way to enjoy the beauty of the wintry mountains. Snow shoes and poles can be easily hired and you can find maps and daily updates from the local tourist office, or you will find many companies who can offer guided excursions.
Moost resorts have dedicated areas for young and old to experience the delights of sledding, often early evening the resorts will open some lower pistes to allow exhilarating runs in a safe floodlit environment. There are many choices of sledges from simple bum-boards through to two man sledges which come complete with brakes and steering.
Tandem parapente flights take off from high above the resort. You have the choice for your flight to be as tranquil or exhilarating as you like, you may choose to soar gently down from the take-off point, or go for a greater thrill with spinning and spiraling high above the resort.
Relaxation and pampering
Most resorts have spa facilities perfect for relaxation, complete with swimming pools with slides and outdoor Jacuzzis through to massage and beauty treatments.
Local ski schools will put on torchlight descents during school holidays, it is a fabulous experience watching hundreds of lights floating down the mountain. In some resorts they may allow some pupils to join them to truly experience the event.
So whilst whizzing down the piste is always going to remain the main winter activity it is is always worth trying a different experience when visiting these winter wonderlands.
Ceri Tinley is the Co-Founder and MD of Consensio Holidays.