Winter activities you may never have thought about

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A corporate event in the mountains doesn’t need to be just about skiing or snowboarding. Ski resorts worldwide offer an abundance of other wintry activities you might want to try. A corporate winter event or corporate ski weekend can be the perfect place to give a new activity a go, and for group organisers, activities which are snow based, but not skiing or snowboarding, may be a perfect solution for non-skiers in the group.

We look at the best winter activities to try in a ski resort:

  • Dog sledding

An exhilarating trip on snow with your own canine friends, dog sledding is a unique and magical experience. Dog sledding can range from being pulled in a sled by 8-10 dogs, to taking control of your own sled and a small team of excitable husky dogs. Your sled adventure could be through snowy forest paths or in wide-open expanses, as you learn what it is like to be a musher.

Where can I try it? Try dog sledding in Baqueira-Beret, Chamonix and most Norwegian resorts.

  • Ice skating or curling

Many ski resorts have ice rinks, both indoors and outdoors, and a session of ice skating always provides hours of laughter! Outdoor ice rinks offer a touch of magic in the snow, particularly when the snow and ice twinkles in the sunshine. A group session often brings hilarity as everyone tries to stay on their feet and aims to perform their best Torvill and Dean impression. Finish the session off with a warming cup of hot chocolate or vin chaud at the edge of the ice or in a local bar. All ice rinks offer the chance to rent ice skates. If you want something a little more challenging, it can be fun to organise a pre-dinner game of curling or ice stock.

Where can I try it? Most ski resorts have an ice rink – we can tell you which are the most magical! Curling lessons can be organised in many of the rinks, our favourites are Davos, Kitzbuhel and Garmisch Partenkirchen.

  • Night-time tobogganing

Tobogganing is fun at the best of times but imagine doing it under the light of the moon after you have finished a delicious meal of cheese fondue. Dotted across the Alps are restaurants which offer the chance to dine in the heart of the mountains before heading down the mountain on your sledge by the light of your own torch. Great fun in a group, and a different way to discover the slopes!

Where can I try it? Many resorts offer the chance to do night-time tobogganing, including Ischgl, Verbier & Kitzbuhel. We work with local mountain restaurants to find the best meals and the best downhill descents.

  • Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing allows you to enjoy the snow and the mountains at a slower pace than skiing, exploring all types of terrain whilst looking at nature – from forests to animal tracks. Snowshoes have come on leaps and bounds since strapping tennis rackets to your feet – they are now light and easy to use, enabling you to easily walk on winter paths or deep snow.  Snowshoeing really is for everyone and gives you time to breathe in the amazing Alpine air.

Where can I try it? Nearly all ski resorts offer snowshoe excursions – we work with local guides to find the best routes.

  • Ice diving

Do something completely different on your winter trip and experience an underwater adventure as you try ice diving for the first time. Ice diving offers you the chance to encounter a magical display of light and shadows as well as getting a kick from diving beneath ice that can be up to two metres thick. Accompanied by a qualified diving instructor, ice diving can be done either in the daytime or at night, always offering an atmospheric and unique experience. You will be fully briefed and kitted up before you head under the ice, wearing a watertight neoprene drysuit and mask which protect you entirely from the icy water, ensuring you are nice and warm for your adventure. These are best suited to small groups as numbers are limited due to safety.

Where can I try it? Tignes, Montriond near Morzine and Val Thorens all offer ice diving with professional outlets.

  • Ice karting

Ice karting allows you to discover the joys of go-karting, but on a race-track made of ice. A fun and exhilarating experience, ice karting is a great group activity as you try and clock the fastest times against friends or colleagues or take part in fun group challenges. You will enjoy the sensations of sliding around the ice on the specially equipped ice karts and you will be surprised at the speed you will learn to drive the kart on the slippery ice. After a few laps you will be dreaming of driving a racing car. Think slides, skids and braking – a lot of fun for both beginners and those with driving experience.

Where can I try it? There are ice karting tracks in Serre Chevalier, Val d’Isere and Cervinia to name a few.

  • Ski jöering

Ski jöering is one of the lesser-known winter activities where you can enjoy being pulled along snowy tracks (on skis) by a horse. It’s a great way to discover nature in the winter to the rhythm of horses. You don’t need to be an experienced skier to enjoy ski-jöering, as long as you can hold your skis parallel, you will be able to enjoy the unforgettable sensations of being pulled by the horse. If you are a bit more daredevil, you can choose a quicker pace and feel the exhilaration of speeding on your skis behind a powerful horse, exploring the snowy trails and mountains.

Where can I try it? Try your hand to ski jöering in Les Arcs, Alpe d’huez and La Clusaz.

  • Sleigh rides

You can take a step back in time riding in an old fashioned horse drawn sleigh through a winter wonderland. Snuggle up under a blanket whilst gliding through snow covered trails or through the streets of a snowy ski resort. An atmospheric and magical experience for anyone. Some resorts even offer rides with reindeer pulling the sleighs! Perfect for a festive activity.

Where can I try it? Many resorts offer sleigh rides, but some of the more famous resorts for a memorable sleigh ride include Megeve, St Moritz, Davos and Lech. You can be pulled along in a reindeer sleigh in Les Arcs.

Corporate Ski Specialists are happy to arrange a variety of winter activities outside of skiing or snowboarding. Give us a call or drop us an email to learn about what we can arrange for you corporate group.