When Life Gives You Snow, Don’t Just Ski and Snowboard
By Jess Shanahan
Snowmobile tours, snowshoe treks, tubing, sledding and other outdoor adventures round out a group winter holiday.
It’s easy to get into the routine of getting up in the morning and heading to the slopes, stopping for a bit of lunch, then treating yourself to a healthy dose of aprés ski in the evening. But there are all sorts of winter activities that often get overlooked. Whether your group wants to see some of the local wildlife or fancies even more of an adrenaline rush than the usual activities afford, there’s something out there for you.
So, put those skis aside for a while and try something new on your next winter holiday. These activities also may appeal to non-skiers in your group.
There’s no denying that snow-capped mountains are one of the most beautiful sights in the natural world, but when you’re skiing, you’re just not seeing as much of the landscape as you might if you went off the beaten path.
There are a number of ways your group can enjoy trails that aren’t accessible to skiers and boarders. The first is to rent snowmobiles for the day to explore at your leisure. You’ll need to take into account the weather and the usual safety concerns, but this is one of the best ways to discover what’s beyond the resort. Handling a snowmobile isn’t something for beginners, though, so if you’re not experienced with one of these machines, you should consider booking a tour. A guide will show you the best places for powder riding as well as big, open meadows where you’ll really get the chance to rev your engines.