The Best Snow Sports To Try Out This Winter


A man riding skis down a snow covered slope

I love winter. Don’t you? The cold weather, hot chocolate, Christmas, snow, it’s all so exciting! But let’s face it – there are only so many times you can dress up as Father Christmas before your neighbors start to complain. So how can you look forward to another snowy day without getting too bored of Santa Claus? Well, that’s where snow sports come in – here is a compilation of the best snow sports to enjoy this winter. 

1) Skiing

A man standing on top of a snow covered mountain

Skiing is a truly exhilarating experience and one of the most developed snow sports over the years. There used to be just skiing poles and an awful lot of effort involved for very little reward at the end. Nowadays though, skiing is almost like a sport in itself: lots of energy, and potentially even more bruises. There are three types of skiing to choose from – alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and ski jumping. If you’re looking for an all-around great way to enjoy the snow, there’s no better option than skiing. It’s not only exhilarating, but if you go with a group of friends or family members then it can also be very affordable. Just remember that skiing is suitable for people over the age of eleven, so keep that in mind before taking younger children on the slopes.

2) Snowboarding

A man riding a snowboard down a snow covered mountain

If you’re looking for a sport that’s cooler than skiing (and easier to pick up), then look no further than snowboarding. Taking its influence from surfing and skateboarding, snowboarding is the perfect way to show off your impressive skills without having to wait for a resort trip or expensive equipment. If you’ve ever seen Shaun White in action at the Winter Olympics, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about!

3) Ski Ballet

OK so it might not be one of the popular sports out there but it’s certainly one that is worth a mention. Ski Ballet is exactly like figure skating, but instead of gliding gracefully over the ice, you’ll be speeding down the side of a mountain. Ski Ballet was first introduced to the Winter Olympics in 1988 but has sadly since disappeared off the radar. If it came back, though, boy would I be happy!

4) Ice Climbing

If you enjoy climbing your local wall or mountain range, then why not try something a bit different? Ice Climbing is all about scaling sheer drops of ice and mastering difficult waterfalls at high altitudes. Although there are some risks involved (like severe cold, frostbite, and even dehydration), Ice Climbing is an experience worth having – just make sure you know what you’re doing before jumping on board! 

5) Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling involves riding on – what else? – a snowmobile, which is powered by an engine rather than skis or aboard. It’s a great way to catch some air as well as go off-roading in colder climates. Just be sure that your insurance covers this type of vehicle!

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