5 Fun Activities to Try in the Alps

 

It goes without saying, the best thing to try in the Alps is skiing. Sliding down the snowy mountainside with your friends and family is amazing, but skiing isn’t the only fun activity to enjoy in the Alps.

From cuddling a husky to high-speed sledging, here are a few different ways to make the most of your next trip to the mountains.

Horse-drawn sleigh ride

Climb into your sleigh and wrap up under your warm blanket, then head out into a snow-filled valley with your trusty steeds. If you’re looking for a fun-filled adventure off the slopes and you also love horses, then a sleigh ride could be just the ticket!  

Where to try it: St Anton in Austria is a very traditional and very pretty Alpine ski resort, with plenty of different sleigh-ride routes to explore. Have a look at the St Anton tourist office website for more information on sleigh rides in St Anton.

Snow-shoeing

Snow-shoeing is a great way to escape into the Alpine wilderness, and your snow-shoes make stomping through the deep snow easy and fun. Explore among deep snow drifts, keep watch for native wildlife hiding in the trees, and enjoy exciting outdoor adventure in the mountains.

Where to try it: One great place to try snow-shoeing is Méribel or la Tania, in the Three Valleys in France. There’s a huge forest in between those two resorts which spreads right up the mountainside. With plenty of steep ground and deep snow to stomp through, it’s perfect for snow-shoeing adventure. The ESF snowshoe outings website has all the details you need if you're thinking of giving this fun activity a try.

Tobogganing

If you have a need-for-speed, tobogganing is just about as much fun as you can have off your skis! Hold on tight as you steer your toboggan along winding twists and turns, and see if you can make it to the bottom without a spill!

Where to try it: Val Thorens has one of the longest toboggan runs in the Alps, at a massive 6 kilometres long!

Husky-sledding

Huskies are born and bred for life in the mountains, and there’s nothing they like more than charging through the snow as a pack. If you like dogs, this could be the ideal adventure during your time in the Alps. Hop onto your sled, take the reins and shout ‘Mush’ whilst holding on tight along the winding forest paths!

Where to try it: The Chamonix Valley has plenty of different sledding routes, and it’s a great place to try husky-sledding. The snowy terrain and deep forests are home for Alaskan huskies, which are renowned for their friendly nature. You can learn more about husky-sledding in Chamonix on the resort website.

Ice-skating

Ice-skating can be tricky if you’ve never done it before, but it’s great fun once you’ve got the hang of it. Strap your skates on nice and tight, and take to the ice for a completely new experience in the mountains. You can even try your hand at ice-hockey at many Alpine ice rinks.

Where to try it: Morzine has a brilliant indoor ice rink, where the local ice-hockey team play most weeks during winter. When the snow falls and temperatures drop, you can usually find an outdoor ice rink in the town square too. 

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