When winter arrives it can be easy to just curl up on the couch and watch the TV for the duration of the season. Many people put on extra pounds during the winter months, and avoid going outside in the cold. However, If you dress warmly, and get the right insurance, being outside trying something new during the winter can be a lot of fun. There are many different exciting sports to try that are much more enjoyable than being stuck inside and will certainly get your blood pumping. Here are five winter sports you should try.
Dog sledding is a fabulous sport. Travel to Finland and you can try it with your own team of dogs. You will be given instructions on how to run the dogs and look after them. The route takes you above the Arctic Circle and you can view sights that few people see. The sleds go up to 20km/hr so make sure you are bundled up warmly for your journey. Be sure to look at the sky at night for a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
The thrill of rushing down the mountain on skis is fabulous and there are many different areas in the world where you can try it. The European Alps are a good place to start but there are also options available in many other countries like Canada, The USA, Australia, Japan, and many more. If you don’t own equipment it can be a costly investment but most mountains offer really good quality rentals. If you are an experienced skier a great way to spend your winter is to teach others how to ski. You get a free or heavily discounted pass on the slopes where you teach and you earn money by being outside all day. Certification varies from country to country so do your research first.
A Kitewing is a hand held wingsail and you can use it while ice skating or skiing. There are many places that offer rentals and instructions so that you can learn more about this awesome sport. You can take it out on a frozen lake, a meadow with snow, or for the more extreme experience you can take it out on a mountain. If the wind is strong you will find yourself flying so make sure you are an experienced ice skater or skier.
Ice climbing is a thrilling sport and one of the best places to try it is in Alberta, Canada in the Rockies. Ice climbing is done on icefalls, frozen waterfalls, and cliffs that are covered with ice. You can get instructions if you have never climbed before and at the end of your day you will feel like you have really accomplished something. The season is usually from November through April but it can be extended depending on the weather.
Snowboarding is a lot of fun. If you have never tried it before but you have ridden a skateboard or a surfboard you will take to it naturally. Make sure you take at least one lesson so that you get the basics down and you will soon find yourself zooming down the mountain like a pro.