10 adrenaline-rush winter activities

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Don’t let the freezing temperatures drive your indoors! Harness the cold weather conditions with these 10 adrenaline-rush winter activities.

Don’t let the freezing temperatures drive your indoors! Harness the cold weather conditions (like the gent in the featured image, above, by dirkgroeger) with these 10 adrenaline-rush winter activities.

10) Tour skate – Åland, Finland

Skating around and around and around an ice rink gets boring – freestyling a route around a frozen lake on the other hand…

Cross-country ski - Norway
Cross-country ski. Photo: Christian Haugen

9) Cross-country ski – Beitostølen, Norway

The trouble with skis is they only take you downhill. Take a turn for the better, and shuffle your way around the Jotunheimen National Park cross-country style.

Snowshoe – Yosemite National Park
Snowshoe – Yosemite National Park. Photo: mariachily

8) Snowshoe – Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Strap a pair of John McEnroe’s old rackets to your feet and go ape (or should that be yeti?)

Ice climbing at Ouray, Colorado
Ice climbing at Ouray, Colorado. Photo: katsrcool (Kool Cats Photography)

7) Ice-climb – Ouray, Colorado, USA

Climbing a regular wall is so passé. A wall drenched in super slippery ice is where it’s at these days.

Dog-sled – Exit Glacier, Alaska, USA
Dog-sledding in Alaska. Photo: neil alejandro

6) Dog-sled – Exit Glacier, Alaska, USA

Sledding is traditionally a solo affair. Lonely it is not though, when you’re hitting the road with eight new furry (though not cuddly!) friends. Mush!

Mountaineering, Mont Blanc, France
Mountaineeringin Mont Blanc. Photo: katclay

5) Mountaineer – Mont Blanc, France

At 4,810.45 m (15,782 ft), Mont Blanc is the tallest peak in Europe. Join a guided ascent to write a story you’d really be proud of telling the grandkids.

4) Fat bike – Alta, Wyoming, USA

Riding a bike with giant inflatable tires over snow – for times when riding a normal bike on a smooth road has gotten too easy.

Glacier trek - New Zealand
Glacier trek – New Zealand. Photo: awiemuc

3) Glacier trek – Fox Glacier, New Zealand

A glacier is like a living being. Flowing slowly and weathered from above, it’s constantly evolving. Take a stroll over one and technically speaking you’ll have cramponed where no one has cramponed before.

Bobsleigh – Calgary, Canada
Bobsleigh in Canada. Photo: gizmin0

2) Bobsleigh – Calgary, Canada

Jump aboard what you might call a bathtub on rails as it hurtles down Canada Olympic Park’s track at speeds of up to 75 mph. The good news? The driver’s a professional. The bad news? The 14-turn ride only lasts 60 seconds.

1) Heli-ski – Banff, Canada

It’s a frustrating fact of life that many of the world’s best skiing country isn’t accessible by lift. Solution: make a taxi of a helicopter, and fly your way to the top of a virgin powder run.

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Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.