Top 4 unusual ski experiences

As soon as one winter season is over, talk quickly turns to the next for eager snow lovers. From world class après ski to skiing across untouched powder in remote fjords, feast your eyes over these incredible destinations, from Norway to Japan. They’re perfect for a more unusual ski experience.

Fjord skiing in Lofoten, Norway

For those skiers wanting an added physical challenge, pack your skins and head to the Lofoten Islands in Norway. A truly exhilarating experience, this is the one for adrenaline junkies – sail through the enchanting fjords before hiking to the top of the peaks, where you can ski completely untouched powder right to the icy shore. And to top it all off? Après ski comes in the form of the world’s greatest light show, the Aurora borealis.

Norway skiing

Ice karting in Verbier, Switzerland

Verbier is famed for its abundance of luxury and style, luxurious après ski scene and hardcore take on snow sports – playing host to the free ride world tour seeing some of the world’s best athletes come face to face with the legendary mountain, the Bec des Rosses. Put après ski on hold and test your inner thrill seeker with ice karting – the specially designed snow karts are fully equipped with studded tyres that allow drivers to buzz round the ice track with speeds of up to 50 kph.

Verbier

Snow tubing in Naeba, Japan

Japan is a country with a wealth of culture, and is fast becoming the ski destination for powder hounds thanks to the guaranteed metres of the fresh stuff falling every season. The chic resort of Mt. Naeba, combining the Naeba and Kagura ski areas, forms an expanse of beautifully groomed runs and back country skiing, also offering snow tubing. Snow tubing, you ask? Flying down the slopes in a big rubber ring is the new sledding, you know.

Japan skiing

Heli skiing in Colorado, USA

Winter in Colorado sees the huge expanse of National Parks, valleys, forests, mountains and lakes turn into a magical playground for winter sport enthusiasts.  We love to get our hearts racing with a day’s heli-skiing, taking a private flight to remote locations with a guide, and making those untracked turns doesn’t get more exhilarating.  For a truly unique stay, head out into the wilderness to Dunton hot springs, where authentic log cabins are nestled around natural hot springs, a perfect way to relax under the stars after your heli -skiing adventure.

Colorado skiing

Tom Marchant is Co-founder of Black Tomato.

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Comments (2)

  1. Can I add ski touring from refuge to refuge in the Alps to your list! Nothing beats waking up in the middle of the mountains far away from civilisation, putting your skins on and arriving at the summit for sunrise with a full morning of descent in virgin snow reserved just for you!

  2. jaimi cyrus says:

    Heliskiing in Kamchatka – through volcano craters filled with sulfur smoke, down to the Pacific coast to end a run on the beach, endless panorama of mountains and smoking volcanoes, finishing the day in a natural hot springs en route back to the heli base. nothing tops it!

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