When the Winter comes, so does the snow and ice… and epic snowsports!! Okay, okay… so you have to be in the right kind of country to do some of these (I highly doubt I’ll be whizzing around on a husky sled in England), but travelling to Winter Wonderlands around the world is totally worth it to try all of these sports! I’m hoping this blog will serve as both educational and inspirational! Are you ready?
1. Husky Sledding
Husky sledding is one of those snowsports that seems to be on most traveller’s wishlists, and definitely part and parcel of a trip to Scandinavian countries or Vermont in the United States.
The dogs love this sport almost as much as you will and reach speeds of up to 10-15 mph. That’s some serious speed across the snow! That’s partly what makes it an epic snowsport as you will really get an adrenaline rush.
Some quick advice I have for you on husky sledding is to ensure you’re booking with a reputable company that puts animal welfare ahead of profits. TripAdvisor reviews and travel blogs are a great source of info to ensure you’re picking the best company to sled with.
And if you’d like to know more about my own husky sledding experience, take a look at this special blog post now!
Personally, I’ve always been a huge fan of motorbikes and jet skis, and when you can combine this sort of adrenaline with ice and snow… Well, that’s why snowmobiling is hitting number 2 on my epic snowsports list.
Once again, Scandinavian countries are a great place to head to if you’re looking for a fantastic snowmobiling adventure. And if you’re at all worried that you just want a taster of this rather than a full day snowmobiling, there are various tours you can embark upon.
Whilst in Finland, we took part in an ‘Adventure Snow Day’, which saw us using snowmobiles as a way of getting around between husky sledding and reindeer sleigh rides. This was a good way of doing it as it helped break things up for us and gave us a little taster of each. But there are plenty of other tours available that can give you the opportunity to try snowmobiling too, so take a look around at your options.
There’s a reason why skiing is one of the most popular snowsports out there! It’s really exhilarating to skim the snow on your way down a slope, and is a really great social sport too if you have some friends and family to join you.
When booking a ski holiday, there are a lot of ski resorts to choose from, which can make it a little overwhelming as to which you should choose.
My advice would be to take a look at the colours of the slopes, and ensure that there’s enough on offer for your particular ski level:
Green – Beginner
Blue – Easy
Red – Intermediate
Black – Advanced
If it’s your first time skiing, I’d highly recommend you get lessons from a professional. You will learn a lot quicker than on your own or even if a skilled friend is teaching you. (It’s far too easy to say “No” to a friend, and before you know it, you’re backing out of new opportunities to learn).
Although you can hire equipment such as skis, boots and helmets, you should kit yourself out with everything else you’ll need.
And whatever you do, don’t underestimate the value of decent ski goggles. Your eyes on one of your most vital body parts, so you should ensure they get the best protection (not just your arms and legs!) At the very least, your ski goggles should offer you 100% UV protection, have an anti-fog and anti-reflective lens and should fit snugly on your face. If they can also look colourful and fashionable at the same time, well that’s a great bonus! I’ve found these Electric EG3.5 goggles to be a brilliant choice and they even come with a spare lens.
Snowboarding (in my humble opinion) is much harder to master than skiing as you’re required to keep the balance on your heels rather than stay flat footed. But it’s still an epic snowsport if you do want to try it!
There should be options for you to take lessons at most ski resorts (just like skiing itself), or you can have a go on a dry ski slope for a fairly decent price. This can sometimes be a great option if you’re not sure whether you’ll enjoy it, rather than paying for a week’s snowsport holiday.
Just like with skiing, make sure you kit yourself out with all of the best gear from The Board Basement!
To finish this roundup of the best snowsports, this one is for the less sporty thrillseekers among you! There are quite a few ski resorts that offer tobogganing such as Val Thorens in France, which actually has the longest toboggan run in Europe!
It’s pretty simple to get the hang of it as you just need to sit yourself comfortably on top of your toboggan or sled and let gravity take care of the rest!
And while you’re at it, don’t forget to get ample time on a traditional sled in the snow! When we were in Finland last year, we found some sleds in the wood shed and had great fun looking for the biggest hills we could find. (Basically, sledding is a great alternative if you can’t find a toboggan run)!
I hope you like these snowsports ideas! Which one do you want to try first? And have I missed out any other epic snowsports? Let me know in the comments…
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Psst! The Board Basement kindly sent me a pair of Electric ski goggles to try out before I wrote this article. But as always, all opinions and words are of my own creation (I’m no sheep!)