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8 Amazing Things to do in Winter Worth Traveling the World For

"Himalayas by Helicopter" | 8 Unique Winter Activities Worth Jumping on A Plane For

Photo: Remote Lands

Winter is here and with it plenty of amazing snow-capped adventures in countries all over the world. From ski bobbing in the Jizera Mountains to igloo building in the French Alps, here are eight challenging, out of the ordinary and downright exhilarating, things to do in winter worth traveling for.

Base Camp Crawl
Where: Himalayas, Nepal

If you’ve dreamt of visiting Nepal’s majestic peaks, but you’re not too keen on the climb, consider adventure outfitter Remote Lands’ new10-day tour “HImalayas by Helicopter”. Each morning, guests will explore one of Nepal’s famous base camps (with the highest reaching 18,000 feet); at night, guests will enjoy a good night’s sleep in comfortable mountain accommodations. Base camps include Everest, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Due to inclement weather, the trip is only offered from April to May and October to November.


Panorama Paragliding 2017 | 8 Amazing Things to do in Winter Worth Traveling the World For

Photo: Panorama Mountain Resort

Winter Tandem Paragliding 
Where: British Columbia, Canada

Take to the air with a tandem paraglide over the snow-capped treetops of Panorama Mountain Resort’s Rollercoaster run. With an expert instructor strapped in behind you, you’ll hurl down the mountain, then launch into the great wide open. After 15 minutes of incomparable views of the Rocky and Purcell mountains, you’ll set down in the powder of a nearby golf course. The best time to paraglide is from December to April. To participate, you must be intermediate level skier. Skis and helmets are required, and keep in mind there’s only one flight per person and each flight must be booked 24 hours in advance.


Igloo Challenge | 8 Unique Winter Activities Worth Jumping on A Plane For

Photo: Undiscovered Mountains

Igloo challenge 
Where: Champsaur Valley, Southern French Alps

Live like an Inuit with Undiscovered Mountain’s igloo challenge in the southern French Alps. Led by an expert guide, the journey begins with a snowshoe trek to a remote location where you’ll learn how to build an igloo. When you’re done, you’ll eat dinner under the stars followed by a night in your frosty dwelling. The best time to plan a trip is from December to April. A high level of fitness is recommended and keep in mind the trek is physically demanding.


Skijoring | | 8 Amazing Things to do in Winter Worth Traveling the World For

Photo: Triple Creek Ranch

Skijoring
Where: Darby, Montana

Experience Montana’s legendary snowfall at Triple Creek Ranch, with skijoring – an exciting afternoon of being towed behind a galloping horse as if on water through snow-swept fields and forest paths of the Bitterroot Mountain range. You may even see an elk or two. The best time of year to visit is from December to April. Make sure to pack along cold-weather clothing. If you don’t have what you need, Triple Creek can loan it to you.


Fly-in Glacier Hike | 8 Unique Winter Activities Worth Jumping on A Plane For

Photo: Southern Alps Guiding

Fly-in Glacier Hike 
Where: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Spend two hours exploring the remote white ice of Tasman glacier, New Zealand’s longest and most famous river of ice, flanked by the towering mountains of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. With outfitter Southern Alps Guiding’s fly-in, fly-out expedition, you’ll hike over extraordinary terrain, gaze at astonishing ice formations and, if you’re lucky, check out an ice cave or two on this chilly yet captivating adventure. The best time to visit is from June to May. Participants must be in general good health, and at least 8 years old.


Skibobbing | | 8 Amazing Things to do in Winter Worth Traveling the World For

Ski Bobbing 
Where: Jizera Mountains, Czech Republic

For skiers looking for something new, head to the Czech Republic’s Jizera Mountains where ski bobbing is a major player in the region’s winter line-up. Best of all, equipment is available for rent at nearly every resort. Picture riding down a steep hill on a child’s bike with skis instead of wheels. It’s easy to learn, but don’t let the appearance fool you. Ski bobs can reach speeds up to 70 miles per hour. The best time of year to indulge is December to April.


Snowkiting } | 8 Amazing Things to do in Winter Worth Traveling the World For

Snowkiting 
Where: San Moritz, Switzerland

Known for its pristine natural beauty and mountain panoramas, Lake Silvaplana in San Moritz is a hot spot for snowkiters. Similar to kite surfing but with skis, you’ll glide over the ice, pulled by a kite and powered by the region’s mysterious “Maloja Snake,” a steady wind that draws devotees from around the world. The ideal time to snowkite is January and February when the lake is frozen.


Kim Kim Dog Sledding | 8 Unique Winter Activities Worth Jumping on A Plane For

Photo: KimKim.com

Dog sledding 
Where: Alta, Norway

Escape with KimKim.com’s four-day, dog sledding expedition across Norway’s Finnmarksvidda, the country’s largest mountain plain. Begin in Alta, where you’ll meet your team of eager huskies, then embark upon an exciting 75-mile round-trip journey. You’ll sled up and downhill, through fields and valleys and through stunning birch forests. At night, after putting your dogs to bed, you’ll relax with a glass of wine in cozy lodges located along your route. The best time for dog sledding is November through March or early April. Keep in mind, participants must be at least 14 years old to drive their own sled.

A version of this article first appeared in U.S. News & World Report 


8 Amazing Things to do in Winter Worth Traveling the World For | Insatiable Traveler | French Alps | Montana | British Columbia | Czech Republic | New Zealand

15 replies »

  1. Great pics as always, Susan! Yes in Europe, too, there are great outdoor activities in winter. For those not much into sports I’ve got another one: Vienna in December not only offers its usual great sights, museums and cultural activities but also a lot of typical Christmas markets. In Vienna, there seems to be a contest for the best hot ‘Punsch’ – you find a great variety, all of them delicious. It’s a treat to taste them all (during a week, not a day!) – plus, they keep you warm and in good spirits the whole stay! (Don’t drive, though…)

  2. Goodness, as a child I was terrified of even the smallest slopes with a taboggan (still am). So I’ll leave your snow based extreme adventures to others and will stick to my sojourns to the warmth in northern Australia for the winters. Gorgeous pics though, and I can see how others will inspired. Have a safe and happy festive season….

  3. Outstandingly beautiful photos as always. You can take me dog sledding in Alta any time, Susan!
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