Adele Campbell Gallery

+1 604 938 0887
Whistler, Canada

This gallery in Whistler prides itself on its relationship with both artists and clients, hosting frequent exhibitions and workshops. Features new and emerging talents along with the work of some of Canada's best-known artists.

Aero Action Adventure

+33 607 48 16 79
Domaine de l'Ariondaz, 73120 Courchevel 1650, France

Hot air ballooning. Approx €260 per person.

Aeroclub des Trois Vallees

+33 6 22 06 06 07
Résidence la Saretta, N°14 73120 Courchevel, FRANCE

Take a tour in a light aircraft around the Three Valleys. Approx €70 per person. Contact Alexandre Combes. How about this view?  Kate and Hannah went on a fabulous flight in January 2011 and would recommend it!  Here are some of the stats on their flight - the airport is situated at a height of 6580ft or 2010 meters, the runway is just 500 meters and they flew at an altitude of 9000ft.  

Air Grischa

+41 81 936 2222
Tavanasa, Switzerland

The local helicopter service provides air transfers, sightseeing flights and heli-skiing from three locations around Graubuenden in Chur, St Moritz and Flims. Prices for sightseeing and taxi flights are on request, email them for a quote.

Alpine Museum

+41 27 967 41 00
Bahnofstrasse, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

On the main street next to the church.

Art Galleries

Val d'Isere, France

Galerie Daniel Besseiche, rue Principale, +33 4 79 06 48 43. This small gallery has branches in all the chic places, be sure to check the price tag before you fall in love with anything.   Galerie jane griffiths', +33 4 79 07 89 33.

Azimut Rando

+33 6 83 17 78 65
Dent de Burgin 403, 73120 Courchevel, France

Explore the many footpaths on snow shoes, breathtaking scenery and silent forests. Approx €18  per person for half a day tour plus €4 for equipment. For private tours Yann will come to your accommodation and arrange all the equipment hire. They also offer summer tours. 

Banff Sleigh Rides

Warner Stables, Banff, Canada

For a romantic sleigh ride around the Banff area look no further. The ride includes liquers, chocolates and Buffalo robes to keep you nice and cosy. Each trip leaves from Warner Stables in Banff and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Children are not allowed on these private tours. However there are hourly tours that cater for all ages and run all day on the hour, from 10am to 8pm. If you want to treat the family to a unique view of the surrounding area you can be sure they will love...

Black Tusk Gallery

+1 604 905 5540
Gallery Row Hilton, Whistler Resort,Whistler, Canada

This art gallery features the work of Northwest Coast native artists. You can view their work which includes native masks, prints, sculpture and jewellery and you can also buy a piece to take home.  

Blackcomb Helicopters

+1 604 273 5311
9990 Heliport Road, Whistler, Canada

If you fancy a thrilling 20-minute helicopter ride with a bird's eye view of the resort and the surrounding mountains then give these guys a call. It won't be cheap but you can be sure it will be memorable. They also have private jets for hire.  

Blackcomb Sleigh Rides

Good choice for children

+1 604 932 7631
Whistler, Canada

How about a sleigh ride to complete your holiday? You can take the family or enjoy a romantic ride. They will stop at a cozy mountain retreat to warm you up with a lovely hot chocolate. Be sure to book in advance. Various tours available from $55 per person.

Bureau Montagne

Good choice for children

+33 4 7906 8837

From taster sessions to challenging hikes in the mountains, these French instructors and guides provide a wide range of non-skiing activities from nature walks and snow shoeing outings for all ages to fondue evenings in an igloo, and igloo building for the kids (7-12 years).

Buscard

Merano 2000, Italy

There is a great Buscard which affords you free bus travel in the surrounding areas. The card costs €9 until 31st March 2012 and then €12 thereafter, children under 6 travel free. The card is valid for 7 days and can be bought from the Tourist Offices.    

Cheese making

Good choice for children

+33 4 50 73 22 44
74390 Chatel, France

Bookable through the tourist office in Chatel. Annick and Philippe welcome you to their farm, where they explain how they make Abondance – the famous local cheese, with tasting available! Every Thursday morning from 9.15am to 11.15am. Adults €5, Children €2.60 (children under 6 years old free).

Churches – Merano 2000

Good choice for children

Merano 2000, Italy

There are a number of churches in the locale, check with the tourist office for specific opening/mass/service times when you are in resort. St. Anna Church, 39010 Verano/Eschio St. Anthony Chapel, 39010 Verano St. Jakob Church, 39010 Meltina St. Johan parish curch, 39010 Avelengo St. Kathrein curch, 39010 Avelengo St. Nikolaus Parish Curch, 39010 Verano St. Oswald Church, 39010 Merano 2000

Congress Centre

+43 5336 600 100
Congress Centre Alpbach Hnr. 246, Alpbach, Austria

Congress Centrum Alpbach extends over 2200sqm and offers a unique combination of modern and traditional architectural elements. The complex blends with its natural surroundings was built with nature and the environment in mind. Centrepiece is the spiraled gallery made of glass walls. Internet access is available, providing there isn't a function/event being held at the centre - €1 for 15 minutes. For full information look at their website  

Courchevel Guides

+33 6 23 92 46 12
73120 Courchevel, France

Explore the many footpaths on snow shoes, breathtaking scenery and silent forests.  Guided tours from around €22 per person for half a day or €130 for your own private guide for half a day tour.

Cross Country

5753 Saalbach, Austria

Why not have a go at cross country skiing around Saalbach. Equipment can be hired from most equipment shops in resort. You can trek to the end of the valley which is about 10km, or take a mountain track for 2 km.  More details from the Tourist Office in resort.    

Cultural Centre

+33 4 50 90 41 73
Galerie Marchande, 74300 Flaine, France

From the first years of Flaine resort, Sylvie Boissonnas created "Art de Flaine's center" and proposed exhibitions of contemporary art. It is today the Cultural centre of Flaine opened to all including: ·  A space of exhibition presenting contemporary artists. ·  A bilingual lending library (French, English). ·  A video point with film projection about the story of Flaine and its oeuvres of art ·  A multimedia point with working computers.   Opened from Sunday till Friday, from 4pm to 7pm.

Day trip: Les Brevieres

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Dog sleding trips – Flaine

Good choice for children

+33 6 82 09 50 03
Les Moliets, 74300 Flaine, France

A wonderful way to treat your loved ones to an evening trip, sightseeing trip. Reservation recommended.

Elikos Helicopter Service

+39 335 7880150
Elikos Srl · Pontives 26/A · I-39040 Laion (BZ)

They offer helicopter sightseeing trips as well as transfers from a number of major airports including Milan, Verona, Venice, Bergamo, Munich, Innsbruck and Salzburg. They can carry 6 passengers at one time.

Espace Tairraz – Musee des Cristaux

+33 4 50 55 53 93
Esplanade Saint-Michel, 74400 Chamonix, France

The Espace Tairraz, located on the pedestrian entrance to the Saint Michel parking lot, is a new home to permanent and temporary exhibitions. Open from 2pm to 7pm everyday. Admission: Adult €5, Child under 12 free

Fernie Arts Coop

+1 250 423 7044
572 2nd Avenue, Fernie, Canada

The Arts Coop is located in Fernie Town on 2nd Avenue and features local artists. Their work is on display and for sale, from jewellry, pottery, paintings, textiles and a lot more.  A lovely place to spend some time off the mountain and maybe even pick up a souvenir to take home. Open Monday to Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sundays noon - 4pm.    

Fernie Brewery

+1 250 423 7797
26 Manitou Rd. Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M5

If beer if your drink of choice then a tour around this brewery might be just the ticket. Spend the afternoon learning about your favourite tipple and even sampling some of their produce. Great for when the weather goes against you, or you just fancy something different. Located in Fernie Town. The shop is open Monday - Friday 1 - 5pm. The tours run every Friday at 3pm and booking is essential as numbers are limited.  

Fernie Ski Heritage Museum

Fernie, Canada

This exhibition is in Fernie town and was together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ski hill. Skiing in Fernie has become and big part of the town and it's had a huge impact on the economic, social and cultural aspects of this community. Spread over both floors of the museum. Powder Highway Productions has produced a short film based on the narrative, photos, and old film footage collected for the exhibit.This is a fun and entertaining way to experience the story and a great way to spend some...

Gallery du Globe

+33 4 50 54 54 54
93 Rue Chalet Straton, Argentiere, France

This gallery opened in 2007 and features eight artists including photographers, painters and ceramists. The cafe is open Tuesday to Friday from 2-7.30pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am - 7.30pm.  

Gallery Saalbach

+43 664 4140561
5753 Saalbach, Austria

Popular Art gallery in Saalbach. Group tours every Wednesday and Friday at 6pm, by arrangement.

Gallery Thirty Three

+64 3 443 4330
33 Helwick Street, Wanaka

A stylish Art gallery offering original New Zealand sculptures and art pieces including jewellery and pottery. Also hosts many exhibitions for artists from across New Zealand.

Glacier Express

Good choice for children

+41 27 927 7777
MG Bahn, Nordstrasse 20, 3900 Brig, Switzerland

If you’re after a longer sightseeing trip, take the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz. The journey takes seven-and-a-half hours and crosses 291 bridges and travels through 91 tunnels. With a dining car and a bar on board, you can relax as you take in the stunning Alpine scenery. From 129chf for an adult ticket, children under six travel free, six - 16 year olds travel half price.

Glacier Palace

3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

Take the cable cars from the Klein Matterhorn lift station up to the top of Klein Matterhorn. Walk out of the lift station and the Glacier Palace is in front of you - open 9am - 3.45pm.   Situated at 3820m and 15m under glacier ice, the Glacier Paradise houses some stunning ice sculptures as well as huge natural ice crystals formed from the ceiling. Look into a natural crevasse and learn about the glacier.  

Goat farm visit

Good choice for children

+33 4 79 08 97 67
Goat Farm Visit, Villarenger, 73440, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

Keep the children entertained on a visit of the farm in Villarenger Village Open throughout the season, you just need to book and let them know you want to visit.

Gornergrat Bahn

Good choice for children

+41 27 927 7777
Bahnhofplatz 7, 3900 Brig, Switzerland

Departing approximately every twenty minutes from Zermatt, this rack-and-pinion railway is one of the most scenic journeys you take. With new twin-level entry cars, the service looks like it will become more comfortable and maybe even faster - it currently takes about 40 minutes to wind its ways to the top of Gornergrat. Get out and investigate the various stops along the way or use the train as skiing transport.

Gourmet guided snowshoe tours – Steamboat

Steamboat, USA

If you want to get a real feel for the beautiful scenery at a slower pace than skiing or boarding then this should suit you. Take a guided gourmet snowshoe tour of the ski area and enjoy a delicious lunch and glass of wine to finish off the trip. Priced at around $60 per adult. Tours Monday Tour: Departs at 9:45am and snowshoes 2 miles across Duster Trail with lunch at Ragnar's. Tuesday - Sunday Tour: Departs at 10am and snowshoes around the Vista Nature Trail about 1 mile with...

GPS sightseeing

Banff, Canada

If you have a hire car and want to do a bit of local sightseeing, this might be of interest. It's a GPS guided tour, with over 1500 points throughout the Rockies and 6,000 in Alberta and BC.  The stories include topics like where to spot for wildlife, past explorers, history, geology, notices of important intersections and quirky local tales. Check their website for more information and to book your GPS.  

Guided Walks

33860 Les Deux Alpes, France

Enjoy a sightseeing trip of the hamlets around Les Deux Alpes. Every Tuesday at 2pm there is a guided walk.  Book in advance through the Tourist Office - snow shoes may be required, dependant on the conditions. Also every Monday at 2pm a guided tour of the village of Venosc (just 8 minutes from Les Deux Alpes). Meet at the Venosc Tourist Office.  

Helicopter Scenic Flights

+64 3 433 7152
Mount Aspiring Road, P O Box 168, Lake Wanaka

Helicopter flights to a variety of local places of interest including; Mt Aspiring, Mt Cook and a Wanaka Scenic tour.   Open 9am - 5.30pm.

Horse and carriage rides – La Clusaz

Good choice for children

+33 6 77 77 51 35
Village Centre, 74220 La Clusaz, France

Tours of La Clusaz and the surrounding area for up to four people. €15 for 15 minutes, €30 for half an hour, €60 for one hour. Lovely way to see the local area in style.

Horse drawn carriage – Isola 2000

Good choice for children

+33 6 82 88 89 41 or +33 4 93 23 17 47
Isola 2000, France

For a different way to see Isola 2000 resort, hire a horse drawn carriage and ride around in style.

Horse drawn carriages and sleighs

+41 79 436 7612
Werner Imboden, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

Either phone and book them to collect you up somewhere (hotel/chalet) or they can often be picked up in the station square. Sit back and enjoy the view as you are taken around town in style by horse-drawn carriage or, if there is enough snow, in a sleigh.

Horse-drawn carriage rides – Courchevel

Good choice for children

Maud - +33 6 82 25 64 67 / Gerard Chardon +33 6 08 77 84 72
Place du Tremplin, 73120 Courchevel 1850, France

Take a horse-drawn carriage around 1850. They can also be booked as taxis (prices on request). Approx prices €25 for 15 minutes and €45 for 30 minutes, for up to four people.

Horse-drawn sleigh ride

+43 5444 5365 or +43 664 221 6323

Enjoy a fun or romantic afternoon sleigh ride through the mountains to take in the beautiful Tyrol landscapes as you ride from Ischgl to the nearby town of Mathon.

Horse-drawn sleigh rides – St Anton

Good choice for children

+43 5446 2380
St Anton, Austria

Horse-drawn sleigh rides in the Verwall Valley - Martin Tschol  

Horsedrawn Sleigh rides

Good choice for children

+33 4 50 74 01 55
Entrée-station, 74110 Avoriaz, France

Take a ride around town on a horsedrawn sleigh - treat the family to a wonderful experience.  Trips start at around €15.

Huber Hus Museum

+43 5583 2213 36
6764 Lech, Austria

Community museum of Lech, located in a traditional old Walser-house with old archive material of Lech and exhibitions. Contact them by telephone for more information and opening times.

Husky Dalen centre

+33 4 50 47 77 24
Husky Dalen centre, 74400 Chamonix, France

Why not have a go at Dog Sledding. Learn to harness and lead a pack of huskies or just sit back and enjoy the ride! They also do a night ride.

Ice Grotto

Good choice for children

+33 4 76 79 22 00
38860 Les Deux Alpes, France

Why not try a family sightseeing trip in Les Deux Alpes on the glacier where you can visit to the Ice Grotto with its dinosaur sculptures, followed by a trip around the glacier (the Croisiere Blanche). You can buy tickets in advance in the office in Places des Deux Alpes, where you buy the lift passes.

Meribel Air

+33 4 79 01 10 22
Meribel, France

Will take you on a tour of the Three Valleys by light aircraft. Around €80 per person for a 20 minute flight.

Mont-Blanc helicopters

+33 4 50 92 78 21
Chamonix, France

If you can't face a long transfer then dig deep and splash out on this ultimate transfer luxury.  They pickup from Geneva airport and take you to your resort.  As every flight is bespoke you have to contact them for details and prices and to see if they can get to your chosen resort.

Moser

+43 5336 5616
Gabriel Moser Alpenheim Hnr. 264, Alpbach, Austria

An easy and comfortable way to do a spot of sightseeing in the area. They have modern coaches, experienced guides and drivers to ensure a first-class travel and outing experience. Open 24 hours a day  

Mountain Galleries

+1 604 935 1862
Whistler, Canada

This gallery is located in the shopping promenade in Whistler, they support and promote exclusively Canadian artists. The collection includes contemporary clay, glass, bronze and stone sculptures.  Paintings range from abstract impressionism to magic realism. Located in the lower lobby of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. They also have galleries in Banff and Jasper.  

Musee Alpin

Good choice for children

+33 4 50 53 25 93
89 avenue Michel Croz, 74400 Chamonix, France

Feeling like a bit of culture? Then take a wander around the Musee Alpin. The museum is host to an impressive collection of exhibits. Open every day 2pm - 7pm. Admission: Adult €5, Child (12-18) €1.50, Children under 12 free entry.

Museum – Grindelwald

+33 853 4302
Museum of Grindelwald, Grindelwald, Switzerland

A great place to go and soak up the local history. Entrance fee CHF 6 Open daily

Museum and Art

+33 4 79 00 59 08
Les Allues, France

The tourist office holds various art exhibitions, pick up their leaflet for details. There is a small museum in Les Allues with exhibitions on the area's history, open Tue & Thur 2-6.30pm and it's free.

Museum of Sacred Art

Chapelle Saint Pierre, 05220 Monetier, France

The reliquary of 30 chapels and churches from the area all pulled together from between the 15th and 19th centuries. Open Thurs, Fri and Sun, 2-6pm. 3€ entry.

Musuems – Verbier

Verbier, Swtizerland

There are a range of museums and art galleries in and around St Moritz. Some are small and surprising whilst others offer the more traditional exibits of local art and culture. Check the tourist office website for full details of their locations.    

Nature Reserve Centre

Good choice for children

+33 4 5091 5136
18 route de Notre Dame de la Gorge, Les Contamines-Montjoie, France

The Nature Reserve Information Centre is found right next to the tourist office and has a program of events on throughout the year. There is always an interesting exhibition to keep the kids occupied on a rainy day, as well as workshops, a library and media centre. Children can take guided nature walks and even have a go at building an igloo. Drop in when passing to find out about their weekly program of events.

Northern Lights Wolf Centre

Good choice for children

+1 250 344.6798
Northern Lights Wolf Centre, 1745 Short Road, Golden, BC Canada V0A 1H1

See wolfs in their natural environment and learn all about them. This is both educational and a thoroughly enjoyable day out. The whole family will enjoy this adventure and come away with a great sense of respect for these wonderful beasts.  

Open air museum

74300 Flaine, France

Eric and Sylvie Boissonnas wanted to turn their creation into an open air museum and bring art and culture to the heart of the resort. Hence one can find monumental works of art and buildings with cultural purpose throughout the resort: Dubuffet's "Le Boqueteau", "The Lady's Head" by Picasso and "The Three Hexagons" by Vasarely; the Eric and Sylvie Boissonnas Auditorium boasts a fountain by Pol Bury. Flaine is the only place in the world where it is possible to admire a Picasso, a Vasarely and a Dubuffet at the...

Organ Concerts

The Church, Les Gets, France

Every Tuesday there are organ concerts held by the Mechanical music organisation in Les Gets Church.

Orientation Tours

+1 866 754 5425
Orientation Groups, Guest Services, Day Lodge, Kicking Horse, BC

Free tours operate daily to take you around the mountain with a guide, showing you all the best bits. The trips are organised by skiers ability and mainly use green and blue runs. Tours run twice daily at 10am and 12.30pm, just sign in at the Guest Services in the Day Lodge. Call in or ring them to book a place.

Otzi Village museum

+43 5255 50022
A-6441 Umhausen - Ötztal -Tyrol

Back in 1991 the 'Otzi' iceman was discovered in the valley, and created a sensation worldwide. It lead to the discovery and reconstruction of a village as he would have known it. Now thi sis open as a museum for you to go and enjoy.  

Outdoor Adventures

+1 604 932 0647
Unit 218, 4293 Mountain Square, Whistler, Canada

If you fancy a bit of something different from your ski holiday while you are in Whistler, these guys have some great stuff to try. Few activitives compare to the unique experience of watching a team of huskies eagerly pull you down a snowy trail. They also offer guided snowshoe tours and lots more.

Perrieres Dairy

Les Gets, France

This dairy has been here for about 100 years and produces local cheeses that can be tasted on the premises.   The head of the cheese making production is Miti, a Japenese student who arrived in 2009 having seen the area on the TV during the Tour de France! He has created his own cheese: a blue Tomme - set to be a great success.   Weekly visits are organised around the dairy, during the season.  

Photography Gallery and Workshops

P.O. Box 1556 Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1B5

Roy Anderson is a local born and bred and his beautiful images of the local scenery are on show and available for purchase. He also runs workshops throughout the season. This is a unique opportunity to learn from the master! Contact Roy via his website for full details and dates of the workshops.  

Private Guided Tours

Banff, Canada

If you fancy doing some sightseeing on two legs then a guide can make sure your see the best bits of the local area. Each tour can be customised to your own needs or you can tag along on an existing tour. Great if you are travelling alone or in a big group. Travel to and from the area of your walk is provided and refreshments or restaurant stops can also be included. Just send them an email with your dates and requirements and they will prepare a package for...

Raquett’evasion

+33 6 09 40 20 28 / +33 4 79 24 10 40
Meribel, France

Snow shoe excursions. Various excursions including half and full day outings. Information can also be obtained from the Twinner shops.

Raquette evasion

+33 6 80 33 56 11
Maison de la montagne, 73120 Courchevel, 1850 France

Explore the many footpaths on snow shoes, breathtaking scenery and silent forests. Guided tours from €22 per person for half day tour (plus €5 for equipment). Meeting points throughout the resort.

Revelstoke dogsledding

Good choice for children

+1 250 814 3720
Revelstoke Dogsledding Adventures, Revelstoke, Canada

A great fun activity or a sightseeing trip ?  You can learn all about the dogs and have a go at 'mushing' or sit back and just enjoy the ride and the fabulous scenery.  With professional dogs and people who care about their dogs, they will teach you all about them and show you how to care for them.  

Revelstoke Museum

+1 250 837 3067
Revelstoke Museum, Box 1908, 315 First Street W Revelstoke, BC V0E2S0

This museum in Revelstoke is open to everyone and is popular with visitors who want to find out a little more about the resort. There are activities and featured exhibitions to keep you amused - great for a bad weather day or when the kids need a rest from the mountain.  

Revelstoke Railway Museum

+1 250 837 6060
Revelstoke Railway Museum, 719 Track St W, Po Box 3018, Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0

Visit one of Canada's premier railway museums and learn all about the rich history of train travel and freight in Canada. There are varied opening times so check when you get to resort when it is open.  

Saint Pierre Church

Isola 2000, France

This parish church was built between 1679 and 1682 and boasts six altars, including a Sacred Heart of Jesus and one dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Ski joering

+33 4 50 02 48 51 / +33 6 15 65 31 31
364 route due ranch, 74220 La Clusaz, France

Offered by the Equestran Centre in the Confins valley, you can discover the joys of skiing over flat ground whilst being pulled by a horse, a twist on an old farming method great fun. Children from 7 years old.

Ski museum

Good choice for children

+43 5446 2475
Rudi-Matt-Weg 10, St Anton, Austria

From the roundabout at west end of the village walk up Alte Arlbergstrasse and follow signs to the Museum up a winding path. The Ski museum covers the history of the Arlberg, Hannes Schneider and skiing. Housed in a beautiful mansion just above the centre of the resort, it's worth a visit, particularly if you plan to enjoy a meal at the good formal restaurant in the same building. Open 3-6pm (closed Mondays).

Ski Museum Saalbach

+43 664 4767 807
5753 Saalbach, Austria

Enjoy a trip around this local museum and discover how and when skiing first came to Saalbach. Contact Maria Mitterer for further information on the number below. Opening times Tuesday and Thursday, 2 - 6 pm Entrance fee €3,50, children up to 15 years €1,70.

Skivol

+33 6 83 97 53 26
Le Forum, 73120 Courchevel Village, France

Hot air ballooning, paragliding from the top of vizelle and col de la loze, plus much more. Approx €250 per person for the hot air ballooning. Check the website for more details.

Sleigh rides

Sleigh Rides, Val Gardena, South Tyrol, Italy

A lovely way to see the beautiful Dolomite landscape, dashing through the sleigh on a one-horse open sleigh! The meeting point is the Mountain station of the Alpe di Siusi gondola. Visit the Tourist office in resort to check for opening times, all depending on conditions.

Sleigh rides

Edmond: +33 4 5047 0532/ Françis: +33 6 8169 9255
Departure points: Village Square or Nordic Park

Enjoy views of the countryside on a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh ride. Two locals, Edmund and Francis Callamard, offer excursions around the village with a visit to a local farm, or stops for snacks or a meal in one of the Alpine chalets, as requested.

Sleigh rides – Saalbach

Good choice for children

+43 6541 7190
5753 Saalbach, Austria

Take a lovely sleigh ride through some amazing scenery around Saalbach, whether it is a romantic jaunt for two or an outing for the whole family, you are sure to have fun.  From €12 per hour, per adult, children half price.    

Snow Host Tours

Sunshine Village, Banff, Canada

This is a great free walking tour around the resort and local area. Every day the hosts meet you outside the Old Sunshine Lodge just before noon. No booking required, just turn up.

Snow shoe hiking

+33 4 79 06 06 60
Tourist office, Val d'Isere, France

All the major ski schools can arrange snow shoe outings for a full or half day. Alternatively hire the shoes and get a definitive list of walks available from the tourist office.

Snow shoe walking

Good choice for children

11020 Champoluc, Italy

If you are all skied out, why not hang up your skis and try the snow shoes instead. You can take a guide who will help you discover wonderful spots that you wouldn't even reach on skis.  

Snow shoeing – Kicking Horse

Snowshoeing, Kicking Horse, BC

Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy the scenery and is great fun for everybody. There are trail maps available - download one here and you can hire all the gear at the Performance Rental Centre.    

Snow shoeing – Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier, France

There are plenty of companies who will take you snow shoeing on the mountain, and they have all equipment you will need to hire as well. The tourist office can sell you a guide book with all the routes on and they can recommend guides for you.  

Snow shoeing and Hiking – Zermatt

+41 27 966 2460
The Alpine Centre, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

Venture into the mountains and explore the Alpine forests, take in the breathtaking scenery and spot some of the local wildlife. Equipped with snowshoes and poles, you can follow any of Zermatt's five marked trails made up of over 45km of routes. Snowshoes are available to rent from hire shops and cost around 15chf per day. Or you can just hike with appropriate footwear. Collect hiking map from the tourist office. Hiking is free unless you choose to use the lift system to get you higher into the mountains (although...

Snow walking

+33 4 50 02 78 17 / +33 4 50 09 60 66
74450 Le Grand Bornand, France

Take some time out to discover the real pleasure of a guided walk with snowshoes in Le Grand Bornand area in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Many runs and organized walks from the tourist office which is open every day. Welcome point at the school chalet at the start of the circuit in the Vieux Village In Chinaillon.

Snowshoe walking – Sainte Foy

+33 6 72 91 44 98
73640 Sainte Foy, France

There are four signed walks around Sainte Foy, winding through the forest, with differing levels of difficulty. Bruno Davy, local mountain guide will take you out for half day or full day. Prices starting at around €19 for half day and €30 for a full day, per person.  Call for more detatils.  

Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours

Good choice for children

+1 403 678 4369
104-602 Bow Valley Trail Canmore, AB T1W 1N9

Great dog sledding tours to suit everybody. You can tour their kennels and learn how they are cared for and how much they love doing what they do. The tours suit all the family and cater for everybody.  

Steamboat Ambassador snowshoe tour

+1 970 871 5444
Steamboat, USA

There are daily guided snowshoe tours organised by the Steamboat Ambassadors, all you need is a lift ticket. If you don't have a lift pass you can get a Footpass ticket at the ski ticket window - $20 for an adult and $10 for a child. This ticket is an all-day ticket to the top of the gondola. The tours offer breathtaking views of the Yampa Valley and the Flat Top Mountains. Tours depart from the Information Center at the base of the Gondola daily at 1:00pm. Snowshoe Rentals available...

Tarentaise traineau mushing

Good choice for children

+33 6 16 48 60 47
Tignes, France

Dog sledge rides on the frozen lake in Tignes.

The Chapelle de Sainte Anne

Isola 2000, France

The Chapelle de Sainte Anne de la Confrérie des pénitents Blancs   This magnificent chapel, the property of the still-active Confrérie des Pénitents Blancs, dates from 1465 and was restored between 1818 and 1823. The painted ceiling is done in sienna, and the many cult objects include a 19th Century wooden St Anne...

The Chapelle Saint Roch

Isola 2000, France

This 16th Century chapel was built to ward off a plague epidemic - and the village was saved.  It was restored in 1877. It boasts a magnificent 12th Century painting and a unique altar created from a hand-carved millstone. August 16th is St Roch, a very popular festival.

The District Oven

Isola 2000, France

The village's inhabitants baked their bread here for eight centuries, until around 1950. You can learn about the traditional art of bread making and ways to preserve it here.

The District Washhouse

Isola 2000, France

This 300-year old washhouse still shines from the work of the laundresses who did so much "ash" laundry. The water comes straight from the source, and is still clear, fresh and clean today.

The Mechanical Music Museum

Les Gets, France

For both its originality and historical interest, the museum is well worth a visit.   Original music boxes, phonographs Bargery organs, merry go-rounds, automatic pianos, moving pictures and so much more is on show. The prize of the museum is the Aeolian Philharmonix organ, classed as an Historical Monument. This is housed in the Les Gets church and you can listen to the majestic sounds at one of the free concerts held every week in the winter season.

The Saint Pierre Church tower

Isola 2000, France

A magnificent square alpine church tower dating from the 12th Century, the only remaining vestige of the former Saint Pierre church, which was abandoned in the 16th Century. It is located at the children's play park at the entrance to the village, where it welcomes visitors.

The Ski Alternative

+41 799 13 74 98
Verbier, Switzerland

If you are going to Verbier but not plannng on skiing all or some of the time, then these guys should be at the top of your list to contact. They can arrange loads of different activities from relaxing sessions of yoga, flotation tank sessions, spas etc. to a wine and food tasting sessions where you can experience the local food that goes abit further than fondue. Also on offer are lessons in photography, cookery and a whole lot more. Their website has a whole host of stuff to do...

Themed hikes

Good choice for children

+33 4 50 75 80 80 or +33 6 81 05 60 82
Mouflons Trek, Les Gets, France

Themed hikes on offer to discover the wildlife and learn more about them during a hike into the mountains, with a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. Great day out for all the family. Other themed trips include night hikes, and some that include dinner under the stars.  

Torchlight tours of Saint Martin

+33 4 79 00 20 00
73440, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

With the History and Art Land of the valleys, visit the village by torchlight and learn its history by discovering its heritage followed by a tasting of local products. Dates and times vary throughout the season but generally every Tuesday at 6.30 PM. Check with the Tourist office when you get to resort to make sure you don't miss it. Tarriff: adult - 5 €, child - free of charge

Torchlit Story-Telling hike

Good choice for children

+33 4 50 75 80 80
Les Gets, France

A story teller takes you through the snow filled woods, telling you tall tales and continues in the evening around a log fire, with a mug of hot chocolate. Every Thursday evening, 6pm. Free (not during the French school holidays). Check with the Les Gets Tourist office for more information.

Traineau Evasion

+33 4 79 08 81 55
73550 Meribel, France

Minimum of two people and €50 per hour for a dog-pulled sledge ride around Meribel.

Velogemel – snow bike

Wengen, Switzerland

These amazing machines were invented back in 1910 by Christian Buhlmann who realised that if he rode a bike in the summer then he could adapt this for the snow.   These 'bikes' are still used today for commuting by the locals but they are also a tourist attraction and there are even world championships in the sport, held every year in Grundlewald

Voyages Crolard

+33 4 50 51 08 51

Enjoy a sightseeing trip only 40 minutes away in a beautiful medieval town with many lovely shops and restaurants around a stunning lake. Once the capital of Savoy it can be reached by a regular bus service from the coach station in Le Grand Bornand.

Walking

St Martin de Belleville, France

The Belleville Valley offers a protected environment for those eager to hike and snowshoe. Use the marked paths to discover the valley and its natural beauties.The Vallée des Belleville offers walkers a preserved nature, perfect for walks or snowshoe outings. Thanks to the snow-packed and marked out paths, walkers can wind their way along the valley and discover its winter natural setting. Examples of itineraries : ~ The new Pelozet pedestrian path allows one to walk to Les Menuires from Saint Martin de Belleville. Access from the top of the...

Walking tours – Zermatt

3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

There are several historical walking tours through the village and are available with the following guides:   Edith Villagers-Imark : +41 27 967 2900  e-villagers@bluewin.ch   Elisabeth Fux : +41 27 967 3613 or +41 79 332 8034  www.fuxelisabeth@bluewin.ch   Visit the Peaks : +41 27 966 0101  www.matterhornparadise.ch   Start at any of the three main lift stations in town - Sunnegga, Gornergrat or Klein Matterhorn. Visit Rothorn's spectacular views of 37 peaks over 4000m surrounding Zermatt; touch the Matterhorn at Schwarzsee or ascent to the Klein Matterhorn, the...

Walsermuseum Lech-Tannberg

+43 5583 2213
Gemeinde Lech, Dorf 329, 6764 Lech am Arlberg

Local history museum of Lech located in the fire station, towards Stubenbach. Call for a guided tour appointment from €18 for one hour. Open Monday - Wednesday and Friday 3 - 6pm. No entry charge (without guide).

Whistler Village Art Gallery

+1 604 938 3001
4293 Mountain Square, Whistler, Canada

This art gallery is a great place to view some local artists in Whistler. Established in 1992 and specializing in contemporary paintings, sculpture and glass.

Winter Hiking

Walking routes, Val Gardena, South Tyrol, Italy

There are some lovely walking routes in the area. You can download a route or the tourist office will have full details. Winter hiking map - Val Gardena (PDF) Winter hiking map - Jpeg    

Winter hiking

5753 Saalbach, Austria

Free guided winterwalks around Saalbach. Meeting point - Saalbach: every Monday 10.00 am Information Centre Saalbach Duration: about 3 hours   Meeting point - Hinterglemm: every Wednesday 10.00 am Information Centre Hinterglemm Duration: about 3 hours   For more information call Hans Eder Tel +43 650/320 25 56 (highly qualified Walking Guide)  

Winter Hiking

Obergurgl, Austria

There are a number of walking paths around the mountains that vary in length, there is even a section that is floodlit so you can take a romantic walk. If you want to attach some snowshoes to your feet then you can join one of the organised hikes run by the local ski school, they take place Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon. Contact them either by email - skischule@obergurgl.com or call them direct on +43 5256 6305 for full information and to book a place.  

Winter Walking

+41 81 837 3333
via Maistra 12, CH-7500, St Moritz, Swtizerland

There are plenty of great walks around St Moritz, notably between the town and Bever. This is definitely a great way to take in all the beautiful scenery. There are a variety of distances ranging from 2.5 to 8 km. Check the tourist office website for full details of each walk and tips on how to get the most out of the experience.

Zell am See-Kaprun flight school

The ultimate adrenalin rush - a tandem flight or a try at paragliding. The views are guaranteed to blow you away, but do you dare? Contact the tourist office for more information and to book your adventure.  

Zillertal Dairy

Good choice for children

+43 5285 639060
Hollenzen 116, 6290 Mayrhofen, Austria

Enjoy a tour of the local family run dairy on the outskirts of Mayrhofen and watch the master cheese maker at work. You can taste the local delicacies and buy the produce in the shop. Interesting experience for all!