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6 things to do if you love snow, but can't ski

There’s only one thing better than a summer holiday – a winter one. But the question is, can you have fun in the snow without skis?

If you can’t think of anything worse than skiing, but love everything else that goes with a winter break, do not despair. You can still enjoy those snow-covered trees, mountain views, and log fires. In fact, the choice of non-ski activities is endless. Here are just six options to consider…

Try a spot of snow-shoeing

If you enjoy walking at home, then you’ll love walking in the snow. Snow shoes aren’t the most elegant item of winter wear (think popping a couple of tennis rackets on your feet and going out for a stroll). Aesthetics aside, they do the job, and you’ll have a great time getting to know the area and taking in the stunning scenery. Snow-shoeing needs little skill, but is big on fun and you might spot some local wildlife on your travels, too.

Go for a husky ride

Huskies are synonymous with snowy landscapes, and a husky sled ride is a truly exhilarating way to get around the mountainside. This is your chance to see these dogs in their natural habitat, doing what they were born to do. Huskies are made to run and are in their element when racing through the snow. We guarantee you’ll enjoy your dog sledding experience – almost as much as the dogs will enjoy pulling you along!

Build a snow sculpture

Snow sculpture takes the humble snowman to epic new levels. This is something kids and adults alike will love getting involved in – and is your chance to get creative. It’s a fun thing to do but be warned, some people take snow sculpting extremely seriously. They’ll be the ones armed with cheese graters, putty knives, spoons and paint scrapers. For the rest of us, enthusiasm and a bit of imagination are all you need.

Spend a day in the spa

After, before, or instead of a busy day in the mountains, why not spend a lazy few hours in a luxury ski spa? You can get a massage, relax in the sauna or plunge into an outdoor jacuzzi with stunning views. Many of the treatments are designed to soothe aching muscles, leaving you feeling revitalised and ready to face your next snow-based activity. This is the perfect opportunity to relax and take a break from it all – you are on holiday after all.

Catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights

If your winter holiday destination is in the northern hemisphere and you’re there between October and March, then you may see one of the greatest light shows on earth. The Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis) are caused by the interaction of the solar wind and the earth’s magnetic field, but that doesn’t take away the magic of the spectacle. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the night sky fill with blazes of red, green, orange, and purple – a true wonder of the world.

Don’t miss out on the après-ski

Après-ski is an age-old mountain resort tradition and the perfect way to unwind after a day on the slopes. As the drinks flow, you can hang out with your friends and compare notes on the day – useful when some have been skiing and others have been snow-shoeing,

dog sledding or sculpting. The mountains are known for their party vibes and there are plenty of watering holes to choose from.

However you choose to spend your time on your winter sports holiday, make sure you take out quality travel insurance with Medical Travel Compared. We can help you enjoy your holiday with complete peace of mind.

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