‘Les Bamins Des Bois’ Workshop

Good choice for children

Les Gets, France

A carpentry workshop where children can try their hand at making something out of wood. Great fun for the kids. Check with the tourist office for opening times.

A parapente

+33 4 79 00 45 67
Meribel, France

Expect to pay around €80 per person for a tandem paraglider flight with a qualified instructor.

Adventure Park

Good choice for children

11020 Champoluc, Italy

New outdoor eco-adventure park open with exciting routes through the woods, negotiating ladders, bridges, hoops, abseiling etc. Short/easy route costs €8, longer/more difficult route costs €16. Suitable for kids over 6 years. Open 1 - 6pm daily. Take the pathway up from opposite the large car park after the lift or ski in near the bottom of the Del Bosco piste back into Champoluc.

Aero Action Adventure

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

Hot air ballooning. Approx €260 per person.

Aero-dynamique Parapent

+33 4 79 08 67 25
Meribel, France

Expect to pay around €80 per person for a tandem paraglider flight with a qualified instructor.

Air 2 Alpes Parapente

+33 6 81 44 38 31
Les Deux Alpes, France

Paragliding school in Les Deux Alpes offering Discovery flight from 70 € for 15 mins.

Air Extreme

+33 6 71 90 21 95
73120 Courchevel, France

Expect to pay about €80 per session for a tandem paraglider flight with a qualified instructor.

Air professionnels parapente

+33 6 80 48 47 96
Val d'Isere, France

The experience of a lifetime, expect to pay €80 for a tandem paraglider flight with an qualified instructor.

Air Zermatt

+41 27 966 8686
Spissstrasse 107, Zermatt, Switzerland

Left out of the station (the main street is on the right) and head to the end of town (about 500m), Air Zermatt is on your left. Sightseeing with a thrilling helicopter ride over the glaciers that surround Zermatt. Heli-skiing trips available.

AJ Hackett Bungy

+64 3 450 1300
The Station, Corner Shotover & Camp Streets, Queenstown, P O Box 488

Adrenaline filled bungy jumps. AJ Hacket Bungy office is located at The Station and is where you can choose which bungy package you want to go for. Kawarau Bridge is the original bungy site, Nevis bungy is the highest in the world at 134m and there is The Ledge Bungy located at Skyline, up the gondola overlooking Queenstown.   Open 9am - late.

Al Lac

+39 342 970106
Livigno, Italy

Have a bit of fun and rent a ski doo for a great ride. 30€ for 15 minutes 45€ for half an hour

Alpine Bob

Merano 2000, Italy

This is a great ride for all the family. The descent is 1.1km long and is the longest toboggan ride in Italy. The whole ride can be hired out for groups or large families.

Alpine Guide Association

+39 0 700 010
Via San Rocco 1, 11016 La Thuile, Italy

If you fancy some off-piste contact these guys for a guide. They also do heleiskiing, snow shoe excursions and ice falls climbing.

Animation services

+33 4 79 22 01 07
73120 Courchevel, France

Check out this website if you want to organise a bespoke or out of the ordinary event, from torchlit descents to skidoo races and lumberjack evenings.

Aqua Dome

+43 5253 6400
Aqua Dome, Oberlangenfeld 140, a-6444 Langenfeld, Austria

Around a 30 minute drive from Oberguergl, the Aqua Dome thermal spa attached to a four star hotel. This beautiful spa complex with outdoor pools with different temperatures, an exercise pool (not usually required after a day on the slopes) and a whirlpool. Indoor there's an indoor pool and sauna area (which costs extra).  Whilst the sauna area is a fabric free zone (ie no swimming costumes) it’s worth braving it to experience the different saunas and steam rooms and a lovely outdoor pool (pictured).  It's such a great experience...

Aquatic Centre – Revelstoke

Good choice for children

+1 250 837 9351
600 Campbell Avenue, Revelstoke, BC, Canada

The Aquatic Centre in Revelstoke has a 25-metre pool offering lane swimming, a leisure pool with a lazy river, a wild waterslide, a hot tub, and a sauna and steam room. Aqua fit classes are available during the week. The staff are friendly and helpful. There are some lane swimming available but times vary throughout the year. Check with their website for current opening times.  

Aravis Voyage

+33 6 09 47 10 74 - +33 4 50 02 54 77
"Le Crêt Brafa", 3646 route des Confins, 74220 LA CLUSAZ, FRANCE

Aravis offer a range of services from activities such as skidoo, transfers and a taxi service to delivery of firewood to your chalet. Email them to check and book their services before you go - they probably know a 'man who can'!  

Arl.rock Centre

Good choice for children

+43 5446 26259
Sport and Adventure GmBH, Bahnhofstrasse 1, St Anton

The relatively new Arl.rock centre rivals well.com for those having a day off the piste and arguable is part of a small movement to get a summer season going in St Anton. It's based more on activities than pampering and is located just behind the main pedestrian zone, next to the train station. The cafe is modern, comfy and the centre of the building so you can look over those trying to conquer the various rock and ice climbing challenges strung around the inside and outside of the building. Daytime...

Arlberg Well.com

Good choice for children

+43 5446 4001
Hannes Schneider Weg 11, St Anton, Austria

One of the resort's greatest assets is the Arlberg Well.com building - the sports centre at the base of the piste, near the Fang and Mulden lifts Built in 2001 for the World Alpine Skiing Championships, the steel and timber building adds a pleasingly modern slant to the resort. We know people who come to St Anton just to go here!   It's well worth a visit and many of the activities are based here. Curling: 6-10pm.  Give it a try! Gym: 10am-10pm, Ice skating: 2-6pm,  Small outdoor rink. Massage: Excellent...

Aufwind

+43 3687 81880
8972 Ramsau, Schladming, Austria

Paragliding school in Ramsau. Tandem flights are available daily {weather permitting} for ages 6 to 99 yrs old! They also teach hang gliding.

Avoscoot

+33 6 08 22 18 15
Avoscoot BP 29, 74110 Morzine, France

Have a ride on a skidoo - with or without a pilot.  Available every day from December to April, 6pm to Midnight. Rates: 20 KM (45mn) 1 pilot : 80€ 20 KM (45mn) 1 pilot + 1 passager : 100€ Passager alone (with guide) 45mn = 40 €

Avoscoot

+33 6 08 22 18 15
BP29, Morzine, France

Skidooing - exhilarating but safe and led by qualified guides. Prices for the coming winter around 80 euros for 45 minutes and booking are taken from 1730 - 2400 every night. It is essential that you book in advance. (Formerly known as Snorange Scooters).

Backcountry Skiing – Merano 2000

Merano 2000, Italy

There are plenty of backcountry routes around Merano 2000, a list can be found here on the Merano 2000 tourist office website.

Ballooning Tyrol

+43 5352 65666
Bahnhofstrasse 23, St Johann, Tirol, Austria

Alpine balloon trips, a great adrenaline rush and something you are sure not to ever forget. Each flight lasts approximately 70 minutes and costs around €260 per person.  

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...

Bielen Leisure Centre

Good choice for children

+41 27 957 24 75
Freizeitzentrum Bielen CH - 3906 Saas-Fee

A great place for all the family to go to recharge their batteries. There are indoor and outdoor pools, massages and lots more for your enjoyment. Open daily throughout the season : 10am - 9pm (closes 8pm on Sundays)    

Big Air Bag

+33 4 79 00 64 48
Big Air Bag, Départ du stade de slalom, 73440 Les Menuires, France

Located at the bottom of the slalom stadium of Menuires this is a must do experience. The big air bag is ideal for trying out jumps in full safety without having to worry about the landing - and if you get your friends to video you can relive your moment of glory! The wearing of helmets is obligatory and they are available on site if you don't have your own. Tickets available on site or at the Club des Sports.

Big Air Bag – Flaine

Flaine Forum, 74300 Flaine, France

Located at the Forum this is a free ride or anyone that wants to try, open at the end of the day. Fly down on the slope on either your skis or an inflatable rubber ring, and land as elegantly or spectacularly on the big air bag.

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.

Blackcomb Tube Park

Good choice for children

Whistler, Canada

This great tube park is located on Blackcomb Mountain at Base 11 (Excalibur gondola; exit at the first mid-station and walk across to the tube park), prices from $20 per hour for adults and $15 for children. A family favourite that lets everybody experience the mountain withouth strappin on skis. Ride down the seven lanes on an inflatable snow tube. Tickets are available from any lift window. Open Monday to Friday 12pm - 7pm, weekends and holidays 11am - 7pm.

Bobsleigh and Luge Skeleton track

Good choice for children

+33 4 79 09 12 73
Piste de Bobsleigh, La Plagne, France

Unique to La Plagne, there are 3 ways to get down this 1500m long Bobsleigh track. Originally built for the Olympic Games in Albertville, this is now open to the public for apres ski. Unique to La Plagne, there are 3 ways to get down this 1500m long Bobsleigh track. Originally built for the Olympic Games in Albertville, this is now open to the public for apres ski. You can travel in groups of four on the 4 man Bob-Raft which is great for families, travel on your front down...

Bobsleigh taxi

+41 81 830 0200
Olympia Bob Run, CH-7500, St. Moritz

The bob run in St Moritz was built in 1904 and is now the oldest in the world as well as being the only natural ice run. It is used regularly for sporting events but also for bobsleigh rides, luges and skeletons. When the professionals have finished for the day you can actually take a bobsleigh down to Celerina - a unique taxi service! You can get more details and book via their website.  

Bruno’s Childrens Park

Good choice for children

+43 5287 87246
Eggalmbahnen, 395 Lanersbach, 6293 Hintertux, Austria

This children's park at the mountain station of the Eggalmbahnen is free of charge. The facilities include a ski carousel, magic carpet, baby lift, snow tubing.

Bureau des guides – Courchevel

+33 6 23 92 46 12
Le Forum, 73120 Courchevel, France

Located in Le Forum opposite the climbing wall. Private guides start from €230 and group tours from €66 per person for four hours (9am-1pm).  A full day will cost around €350. The organisation offers a variety of tours and excursions - including snow shoeing and ski touring - with highly trained guides.

Bureau des Guides – La Clusaz

+33 4 50 63 35 99 / +33 6 14 11 58 68
9 chemin de la croix, 74220 La Clusaz, France

Off-piste, snowshoe, cross-country and ice-climbing are among the activities on offer.

Bureau des guides – Tignes

+33 4 79 06 42 76
Tignes, France

Guided tours - Snow shoe expeditions and off-piste guiding in the vanoise national park and heli-skiing over the border in Italy. They also organise ice climbing - take a climb up the frozen waterfall between Tignes - Le Nevada, Val Claret Centre and Val d' not for the faint-hearted!

Bureau des Guides des Deux Alpes

+33 4 76 11 36 29
4 Place Deux Alpes, 38860 Deux Alpes, France

Off-piste skiing and snowboarding with a guide. From a family outing to steep, demanding slopes from 80€ per person, safety equipment provided. They can also arrange snow-shoeing trips, ice climbing on frozen waterfalls and heli-skiing.

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).

Camp of Champions

+1 604 938 3450
8629 Drifter Way, Whistler, Canada

A large camp which includes accommodation and everything you could wish for on an adrenalin, fun filled holiday.  Not for the faint-hearted! Their website has some great videos of the camps.

Canadian Snowmobile Adventures

Good choice for children

+1 604 938 1616
Whistler, Canada

There are some great adventures on offer : dog sledding into the wilderness with a team of expert dogs and enjoying the mountains in a totally different way. Snowshoe up into the forrests and learn all about the local healing plants, enjoy a winter 'cook out' or indulge in a spa retreat after a hike. They also operate snowcat tours with a fondue meal to round it all off and snowmobile trips at night. All great adventures and although they are a little pricey you will be sure to have...

Canyon Swing

+41 33 823 41 00
Canyon Swing, Alpin Raft GmbH Base, Hauptstrasse 36, 3800 Matten, Interlaken

Feeling adventurous? Why not jump 85 metres into a canyon above the Lütschine river. With a choice of either a Bungee or Canyon swing it’s an awesome attraction for adrenaline junkies! It takes around 3-4 hours in total.  

Centre de remise en forme – Leisure facilities

+33 4 79 08 85 54
The Forum, 73120 Courchevel 1850

Situated in The Forum. A 7 day pass is approx €100. You can attend classes or use the cardio gym. They also have a sauna and hamman (steam room). Open Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sun 3pm-9pm.

Centre Parapente Verbier

+41 27 771 6818
Maison du Sport, Verbier, Switzerland

Flights from various locations, they have over 30 years experience in the air and offer courses or tandem flights, paragliding or handgliding. Exhilarating fun. Main office is in the play area behind the post office, can also be found at les Ruinettes (at the top of the Médran lifts). Prices start at 190chf. Contact them via their website or email them with a particular request or to get a quote.  

Chardon Loisirs

+33 4 79 08 39 60
73120 Courchevel 1850, France

Either from the top of La Loze or the top of Vizelle. Phone first to check weather conditions. Also have Snow rafting - (from around €30 per person).

Chiens de Traineau – Husky sleigh rides

Good choice for children

+41 792 707624
Verbier, Switzerland

You can choose to sit back and enjoy the view or learn a little more about the handling and running of these magnificent animals, or you can even have a go yourself. Panorama - the rides have a minimum age limit of 2 and there are 8 places on each ride. Sit back and they will take you up into the mountains and see the wonderful views. Discover - with a minimum age of 16 you can learn a little more about the dogs and learn some of the basics....

Children’s play area

Good choice for children

Meribel, France

A new area dedicated to children will open at the Altiport, at the edge of the forest. Accessible by skis, snowshoes and foot, where children can learn about the local fauna and flora, via games, signs and giant animal sculptures.  

Chlorophill paragliding

+33 6 60 18 33 34
Toviere, Tignes, France

Known locall as 'Happyphyll' - this is a must-do activity. Ski off the side of a cliff up on the Toviere mountain and swoop around the skies over the resort until you float back down to the lake. Only a little bit scary. Expect to pay at least €70.

Circuit de glace

+33 4 93 23 91 32
06420, Isola 2000

If you want a thrill ride then contact these guys, they have ice driving as well as go karts on ice - great fun to race against your buddies. They also have a fleet of snow mobiles that you can hire for a ride around when everybody else has left the slopes.  

Classic Flights

+64 3 443 4043 Mob: 27 220 9277
Spitfire Lane, Wanaka Airport, Wanaka

Don the classic leather flying jacket, helmet, goggles and scarf and enjoy a half hour scenic or acrobatic flight in a rate vintage tigermoth.   From Wanaka follow Ardmore Street out of Wanaka, turn right at the roundabout onto the Wanaka-Luggate highway and continue for five minutes drive, until you reach the airport.  Office hours 9am - 5pm, 7 days a week.

Climbing Wall – Champoluc

Champoluc, Italy

Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the old school behind the church, from 5.30 - 10.30pm. €10 inscription and €4 per session.  

Climbing Wall – Courchevel

+33 4 79 08 19 50
Le Forum, 73120 Courchevel 1850, France

Seven routes on a 13m wall. Insurance mandatory. Tuition is available during the evening. First climb is €8 per person. Open 9am-5.30pm & 7.30pm-10pm.

Climbing Wall – Val d’Isere

Centre des congres, Val d'Isere, France

The climbing wall tends to be a hang-out for some very serious climbers but they are generally willing to show you the ropes. €6.70 per hour.

Club Forme

Good choice for children

+33 4 76 79 25 64
Grande Place, 38860 Les Deux Alpes, France

Health and Fitness centre in Les Deux Alpes for all the family with Spa, swimming pool, squash courts and bowling lanes. Bowling is open from 3pm to 2am in the morning  Earlier opening in bad weather and during schools holidays. 6 AMF lanes. Video games and pool. Children's lane available. Special rates for groups.

Craigs paragliding

+33 4 79 08 43 65 / +33 6 81 64 69 70
Bouc Blanc, 73120 Courchevel, France

Expect to pay about €80 per session for a tandem flight with a qualified instructor.  From Bouc Blanc (at the top of the Plantrey and under Cretes).

Cross Country

+43 5336 20094

Cross country skiing tracks Over 20km of regional cross country skiing tracks.The Tourist Office have all the information and booking information.

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.    

Cross Country Ski Pass

+33 4 50 53 14 16
Grand Ski de Fond, 240 Avenue du Bouchet, 74400 Chamonix, France

Just out of town is the 40km cross country track.  There are cross country runs at Les Houches, Chamonix, Les Praz, Argentière and Vallorcine. A cross country pass is around six euros a day.

Cross country skiing

Obergurgl, Austria

There are a number of great trails around the resort for trying out cross country skiing, and a number of the ski schools offer equipment hire and instruction.  

Cross Country skiing

+33 4 79 00 73 00 or +33 4 79 00 64 47
Le Plan de l'Eau, 73440 Les Menuires, France

Learn to cross country ski on some of the beautiful marked out paths in Les Menuires and St Martin de Belleville.  

Cross country skiing

Cross Country skiing, Val Gardena, South Tyrol, Italy

Val Gardena is a great place for cross country skiing, the Vallunga in Selva Gardena, the Monte Pana in S. Cristina and the Alpe di Siusi offer a unique, fantastic panorama. The valley offers more than 120 km of well-prepared cross-country ski runs in all degrees of difficulty For full details of the routes available visit Cross Country skiing. You will also find a list which shows you which ski school companies offer tuition.    

Cross country skiing/skating

+43 5287 8506

If you fancy having a go at cross country skiing or skating there are purpose built tracks on the Luggi Gredler Loipe. There are 14km of each track, maintained by the Tourist association which is available free of charge to all. The equipment can be hired from all the usual rental places in town.

Curling

+41 27 966 3000
3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

Obere Matten, turn right out of the train station, walk 100m and turn left and head down Hofmattstrasse until you see the ice rink on your left. 8chf per person per hour.  Curling lessons are available on this floodlit ice-rink, or get a group together and have a go.

Darentasia

+33 6 1210 3242
335 Grande rue, 73700 Bourg St Maurice, France

Darentasia is a paragliding school that provides introductions to kite based sports on the snow. Choose a tandem paragliding flight (taking off on skis or on foot) or speed-riding/snow kiting – an adrenalin-filled mix of skiing and paragliding! 

Dart River Jet Safaris

+64 3 442 9992
P O Box 76, Queenstown

Jet boating excursions through the Dart River Valley and into Mount Aspiring National Park.  Jet Boating is a thrill in its own right and combined with some of the worlds most beautiful scenery creates an unforgettable adventure. Open 8am - 6pm Bookings and information from Queenstown Information Centre, Cnr Camp and Shotover Streets.

Dog Sled driving

+33 6 16 48 60 47
73640 Sainte Foy, France

Learn how to control a pack of dogs and then take them out for a wild trip through the forests of virgin snow - and to top it all off spend the night in a mountain refuge... Sounds fabulous.   Prices start from €360 per person including the 2 day dog-sled trek, meals and 1 night in the mountain refuge.  Contact Stephane and Veronique Lepine for more information.

Dog Sledding

+1 250 430 1016
Fernie, Canada

A thrilling ride for all the family, the dogs will take you through the wilderness on the ride of your life. If it is romance you are after then you can take a quiet ride through the trees for two. The dogs are Alaskan Huskies and are highly trained to do their job in the traditional way.  

Dog Sledding

Lake Louise, Banff, Canada

Dogsledding is a very popular winter activity in lake Louise and an adventure suitable for anyone.  Tours depart at regular intervals during the day and all sleds are pulled by professional dog teams and handlers. Dogsledding the Great Divide Tour takes you along the base of giant peaks in Lake Louise nearly 8km to the Continental Divide the high point separating the east from the west.  You can get to know the dogs, their guides, learn the basics of driving a team and are encouraged to drive the team home!...

Dog Sledding – St Martin

+33 4 79 00 20 00
30 min à pied depuis le parking du Cochet 73440 Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

Open during the ski season: every Tuesday, Thursday from 10 am to 4.30 pm. Dog sleigh - half hour outing.  

Dog Sledging – La Clusaz

Good choice for children

+33 6 61 93 11 48, Guided tours +33 6 25 32 68 28
Husky's Spirit, 74220 La Clusaz, France

A unique and peaceful way to see the mountains, the magnificent landscape of the Avaris Pass.  

Dog Sleigh – Avoriaz

Good choice for children

+33 6 80 93 26 20
74110 Avoriaz, France

Whilst in Avoriaz why not have a go at dog sleigh driving. Suitable for families. Rates: Half day : 85€ / pers - Child : 45€ 1 day: 130€ / pers

Dogtooth Climbing Gym

+1 250 344 6444
Dogtooth Climbing Gym, 102 - 806 9th Street North, Golden, British Columbia, V0A 1H2, Canada

Just down the road in Golden, the Dogtooth Climbing wall is open to all ages and abilities. All you need is some energy left over after a hard day skiing! The prices are reasonable and you can rent all the equipment you need. Open Monday - Wednesday 4 - 10pm, Closed Thursday and Friday (but can open by arrangement - just call them to check). Saturday 1 - 8pm and Sunday noon - 10pm    

Ecole de pilotage

+33 6 08 06 67 22
Grandes combes, 73120 Courchevel 1650, France

Ice driving at Le Circuit des Grandes Combes (on the road between 1550 & 1650).  Drive a Porsche 996 from €230 per hour. Reservations essential. If you fancy a ride in a snow caterpillar, Chardon Loisirs can arrange that for you. Open 9am-12noon & 4pm-7pm - weather permitting.

Erlebnisbad

Good choice for children

+43 5285 62559
Waldbadstrasse 539, 6290 Mayrhofen, Austria

Swimming pool and spa in Mayrhofen which is popular with all ages. Waterslides, massaging waterfalls, crazy river and five different sauna and steam rooms - great place for the whole family to spend a rainy day.

Espace Forme

+33 4 7906 8695
Centre commercial Les Terrasses, 73700 La Rosière, France

The Epace Forme is simply a space where exercise classes are held. Choose from a variety of lessons or classes including weight training, Bums and Tums and Pilates or go for a dance class, whether it be Salsa, Afro or Rock n Roll. There is also a small spa with a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, and the opportunity to book a beauty treatment from a therapist on Mondays only. 

Feeblitz tobbogan

Good choice for children

+41 27 958 18 58
Saas-Fee, Switzerland

You can take a toboggan at Feeblitz and whisk down the mountain at upto 40km per hour, either on your own or in tandem. Great fun for everybody. Prices start at CHF 6 for a single adult ride. There is a bistro attached where they serve some lovely local dishes and traditional mountain fare. Open Tuesday - Sunday 1 - 6pm during the season.    

Fernie Aquatic Centre

Good choice for children

+1 250 423 4466
250 Pine Avenue Fernie, BC

Great fun for everyone, with a 6 lane - 25 metre sized competition pool complete with diving board and tarzan swing.  A 15 metre leisure pool with spray fountains.  A 25 person hot tub kept at a balmy 104 degrees along with the most amazing view available from any hot tub.  There is also a 15 person steam room and a 150 foot waterslide with its own run off lane.

Fernie Nordic Society

+1 250 423 8989
Box 843 Fernie, B.C. V0B 1M0

Fernie is a great place to try our Cross Country skiing. You can hire all the right gear and have expert tuition from the Nordic Society - formed by some very enthusiastic volunteers.      

First Flyer

First Flyer, Grindelwald, Switzerland

The First Flyer is a huge 800 meter zip wire that runs between two gondola stations in the First ski area. It’s free to ride with a ski pass and is tons of fun! Make sure you check that it’s open before going there as it is sometimes closed in cloudy/windy conditions.

Fitness for fun

+43 5356 63412
Jochberg Strasse 98, Kitzbuhel, Austria

A fully equiped gym and fitness training centre, keep up with your fitness regime whilst you are on holiday. Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 am - 10pm, Tuesday and Friday 7am - 10pm, Saturday 1 - 8pm, Sunday 3 - 8pm.  

Fitness studio Injoy

+43 3687 24400
Europaplatz 585, 8970 Schladming, Austria

For those who have energy to burn, try working up a sweat in the fitness studio or alternatively just relax with a pampering massage.

Flight Connection Arlberg

+43 664 1415166
Flight Connection Arlberg, Penz & Partner, GmbH Bacherweg, Nr. 8 A-6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria

Tandem paragliding from Kapall (2,300m) to St Anton is particularly popular. Pilot is called Simon Penz.

Fly Chamonix

+33 610 28 20 77
Fly Chamonix, Chalet les Ecureuils , 344 rte des Songenaz, Chamonix F- 74400

Fly Chamonix offer you the chance to paraglide high off the Mont Blanc range. So if you fancy the thrill of a lifetime and flying among the birds then give them a call and book your trip. To whet your appetiite here is some of the information they supply: The paraglider is a wing, rather than a parachute, having the ability to glide forwards rather than to simply descend vertically. Whilst the paraglider is a completely soft structure, with the pilot being suspended underneath, once the canopy has been inflated,...

Fly time

+41 27 776 1222 / +41 79 606 1264
Fred Portner, Verbier, Switzerland

For a tandem paraglider flight with a qualified instructor prices start at around 100chf for a short flight (15 minutes).

Forged Axe Throwing

+1 778 770 2240
1208 Alpha Lake Road, Unit 1, Whistler, Canada

Whistler has an indoor axe throwing venue so you can throw axes at wooden targets to your heart's content. The centre caters for first timers, kids older than ten years, and experienced axe throwers. This might be a fun bad weather day alternative — or just a good excuse to throw axes.

Full Moon Ski

38860 Les Deux Alpes, France

If you fancy whizzing down the slopes at night, to the light of the full moon, then Les Deux Alpes is the place for you!   For 40€ you can enjoy some glacier skiing, then a meal on the mountain and ski down by the light of the moon. Email to enquire dates available. Booking is essential.

Fun Park

Good choice for children

Livigno, Italy

Take the family to the Fun Park - there are lots of things to keep the little ones busy as well as a bar and an ice rinkfor everybody to enjoy. 5€ entry and equipment hire available where necessary.

Fun Park new generation

Good choice for children

+33 4 79 01 08 83
Les Menuires, France

For the young and young at heart, a great soft play area for hours of fun. With trampolines and bouncy castles to keep your little ones entertained for hours. Open daily throughout the season: 2 - 8.45pm From 8€ per session for children up to 12  

Gaisberg – Toboggan and evening skiing

Good choice for children

+43 5357 2291

The toboggan run is 3,500 m long and with an altitude drop of 435m, great fun for all. They can also organise night skiing - on Thursday and Friday evening. Toboggan times: 9am - 4pm daily, until 9.30pm on Tuesdays. 6.30 - 9.30pm evenings Wednesday to Saturday. Toboggan hire from www.sport-rieser.at - +43 5357 2678

Gianni Carbone

+39 165 809469
11017 Courmayeur, Italy

Off-piste guide with an in-depth knowledge of the local terrain in and around Courmayeur. Heli-skiing, mountaineering and climbing trips.

Glacier – Grindelwald

Glacier, Grundelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald has a wealth of history, in fact the main attraction used to be the Glacier (Unterer Grindelwaldgletscher). however, the glacier, which was visible from the town, has drastically receded. Now you can take the train from Grindelwald to the ‘Top of Europe’ aka Jungfraujoch (3471m) for a view of the Aletsch Glacier, which is the largest in the Alps stretching for 14 miles!

Glacier Excursion

33 4 76 79 75 10
38860 Les Deux Alpes, France

For other active treats in Les Deux Alpes, try the Glacier Excursion. If you a non-skier and still want to get to the top of the mountain, you can with 'White Cruises'. You board a snowcat (max 12 people) and they take you on an incredible trip across the glacier. The Tourist Office have full information and ticket sales.

Go Karting – Verbier

Good choice for children

+41 077 408 35 31
Verbier, Swtizerland

Brilliant fun for either family or friend groups alike. Take to the ice track in these go karts and compete against your friends/famiy for the glory of winning. All the karts have plenty of safety features and are suitable for adults and children. They can tailor make a package to suit your group.    

Go-karting on Ice

Good choice for children

+33 4 79 08 31 71
Grandes combes, 73120 Courchevel 1650, France

Situated on Les Grands Combes, on the road between 1550 & 1650. Approx €30 for 10 minutes. Reservations recommended for groups.

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...

Grindelwald Sports

Good choice for children

+41 33 854 12 80
Grindelwald Sports, Swiss Ski & mountaineering school, Dorfstrasse 103 CH-3818 Grindelwald

This ski company offer lessons for all ages and disciplines including cross country. They also offer mountain guiding all year round. They have a shop and cafe where you can catch up with your friends and family after a day on the mountain.

Hannig sledge run

Good choice for children

+41 27 958 18 58
Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Great fun for all the family - head to the Cableway at Hannig and go sledging - you can even take a run at night. Prices start from CHF 24  for adult single ride, CHF 12 for children. The hire of the sledge is CHF 8.    

Have a Shot

+64 3 443 6656
Cnr Mt Barker Road and SH6, (Opposite Wanaka Airport) Wanaka

Have a Shot offers a variety of accuracy based games such as a golf driving range, claybird and 22 calibre rifle ranges, an outdoor battlefield games and mini golf course. Price for activities range from $5 - $30 so there is something for everyone.   From Wanaka follow Ardmore Street out of Wanaka, turn right at the roundabout onto the Wanaka-Luggat highway and Have a Shot is five minutes drive opposite Wanaka Airport.

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 drawn carriage rides – Laax

Good choice for children

+41 79 423 01 00
7031 Laax Dorf, Switzerland

Horse drawn carriage rides in Laax run by Jakob Brunner, only reachable by mobile phone and can be pre-booked in person or by the hotel.

Horse riding

Merano 2000, Italy

The Hafflinger horse was once a very important part of life in the Merano region, being the only mode of transport between the villages. Now they can be ridden for pleasure, summer and winter. There are sample sessions, day trips, riding lessons and guided trail rides. There are two stables in Avelengo: Riding stable Sulfner Via S. Caterina 4, 39010 - Avelengo - South Tyrol Tel - +339 5030 381 Riding stable Paur Via Falzebener 103, 39010 - Avelengo - South Tyrol Tel. +39 3488 7653 739 www.reiterhofpaur.com

Horse Riding

Good choice for children

+328 1429966
V le Genevris, Sauze d'Oulx, Italy

Horse riding is available, although not for beginners. Ponies are availble for children. Booking is essential, particularly at the weekend.  

Horse Riding – St Martin

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

If you want to get out onto the snow but not on skis why not try a four legged friend? Open daily during the season at 2pm. All rides must be reserved.

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.

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.

Husky village

+39 0342 927 072
Arnoga Valdidentro, Italy

About half an hour out of Livigno you can hop aboard the sled and be pulled along the old fashioned way by a team of huskys.

Ice Climbing – Cervinia

+39 0166 948169
Cervinia, Italy

If you have ever fancied having a try at ice climbing then here is your chance. In the safe hands of the mountain guides you can enjoy the majesty and splendour of the natural ice wall and claim it as your own!  

Ice Climbing – La Plagne

+33 4 79 55 06 55
Champagny le Haut, La Plagne, France

If you are in La Plagne and  looking for something exciting to try, then how about trying ice climbing. Located in Champagny le Haut, this 24m ice tower is open to the public December to March. It is open to all abilities and all climbers are supervised by specialist mountain guides. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30pm. Cost around €40 per person for a 2 hour session and all the necessary equipment is also available for hire. You must be aged 10 or over to have a go.  

Ice Climbing – St Moritz

+41 81 842 8282
Bergsteigerschule Pontresina, Via Maistra 163, 7504 Pontresina.

The first artificially prepared ice-climbing wall in the Engadin is 100 metres high and has an incline of 70 to 100 degrees.  There are plenty of good pitches for climbers, each will take between 2 - 3.5 hours. The extensive Corn da Diavolezza ice arena can be seen from the gondolas of the Diavolezza aerial cableway. Access to Corn da Diavolezza ice arena: After a short downhill run to the old middle station of the chairlift, it is just a five-minute walk. Return from the Diavolezza exit point to the...

Ice Climbing – Val d’Isere

+33 6 07 78 52 44

Definitely a pursuit for the brave but if you want to pop on some crampons and grab an ice axe here you go. Safety is a priority and there are ice walls in both Tignes and Val d'Isere. Open throughout the season. Contact them directly for more information and suitability.

Ice curling – Alpbach

Good choice for children

+43 5336 5677, +43 5336 5720
Asphalt Curling beim Alpbacher Hallenbad 6236 Alpbach, Austria

Ice curling in the winter, asphalt curling in the summer ! If you fancy having a go at something a bit difference, try Ice Curling, contact through the Tourist office for booking, generally 2 days advance notice is required. There are 2 covered ice curling or asphalt curling lanes at the Alpbach Swimming Baths. Curls are available for rent: adults Euro 3, children up to 15 years are free. Skating is possible weather conditions permitting.

Ice Diving

+33 6 07 14 95 39
74390 Chatel, France

Dive under the frozen Lac de Vonnes for a suprisingly warm experience (€75 per person). Contact the tourist office in Chatel for more information.

Ice Driving

+33 6 74 78 25 13
Circuit de glace Alain Prost, Val Thorens, France

Fancy trying the ultimate adrenalin rush? Look no further than ice driving in Val Thorens. The Alain Prost Ice Circuit is the highest in Europe and at 760m long you are sure to have an experience unrivalled by any other. You get full instruction for beginners in a selection of cars depending on experience. Not a cheap option but, wow what a thrill!  

Ice driving school

+39 0342 997 287
Ghiacciodromo via Campaciol, 23030, Livigno, Italy

A great adrenaline rush - drive one of their Mitzubishi cars around an ice track.

Ice driving school

+33 4 50 90 82 59
74300 Flaine, France

Experience the thrills of controling a car on an ice track! Introduction sessions, private tuition, courses (from introductory courses to courses lasting several days), track available for hire. Sale of snow chains.

Ice Karting

+39 338 9133630
11021 Breuil-Cervinia, Italy

For a fun afternoon or floodlit evening adventure why not try some go karting on ice? You can race against your friends or family and feel like a champion. The track is near to the entrance to the village.

Ice Pavilion Allalin

Good choice for children

+41 27 958 18 58
Saas-Fee, Austria

A fabulous ice grotto at the top of the glacier. The whole family will be amazed at the hidden beauty in the ice. The world's biggest ice grotto with about 550m3. Open when the cable cars are running.    

Ice Rink – Cauterets

Good choice for children

65110 Cauterets, France

Great fun for all the family. If your children are learning to ski, our top tip is to ask for a plastic chair to push on the ice to help with balance.

Ice Rink – Cervinia

Good choice for children

+39 339 153 2023
Cervinia, Italy

The ice rink in Cervinica is on the “Campetto” at the bottom of the new Cretaz chairlift, just a minute’s walk from the centre of town. A great place for all the family to have some fun.  Skate hire is €6 and entrance to the rink is €7. The ice rink is open 9am - 7pm and 9pm - midnight, daily.  

Ice rink – Isola

Good choice for children

Isola, France

For a great family evening or afternoon head to the ice rink in the centre of town. Can be closed if particularly bad weather.  

Ice Rink – Megeve

Good choice for children

+33 4 50 21 23 77
Place de la resistance, 74120 Megeve, France

Outdoor ice rink in the centre of Megève. Open Mondays and Tuesdays from 2pm to 8pm, and from Wednesdays to Sundays from 2pm to 6pm. Ice Cars: One ride (5min) : €3. 12 rides : €30

Ice Rink – Meribel

Good choice for children

11020 Champoluc, Italy

This is situated on the walkway beside the river, or can be reached by road on Route Ramey; take the steps leading down by the signs for Pepo's pizzeria and Pachamama's pub. Open Monday to Friday 5 - 7pm, Saturday 9am - 7pm.  

Ice Rink – Val Gardena

Good choice for children

+39 471 777800
Ice-skating Center Iman Center Iman, S. Cristina, Val Gardena, South Tyrol

This natural ice rink is open every day from 3 - 6pm during the winter. Skate hire available.  

Ice rink and curling centre

Good choice for children

+33 855 25 65
Wengen, Switzerland

Wengen has its own natural and man made ice rink. They also double up as an indoor and outdoor curling centre. Curling: You can pay hourly or hire a lane with an instructor and if you require shoes then you can rent these as well. The Curling is open every day but it's good to book in advance. Ice skating: Adults CHF8 or CHF4 with hotel guest card. Skate hire is CHF5 for a half day or CHF8 for the full day. Special tickets available only with a guest card:...

Ice skating – Courchevel

Good choice for children

+33 4 79 08 33 23
Le Forum, 73120 Courchevel 1850, France

Olympic-size ice rink in Courchevel. Check beforehand as the ice rink closes sometimes for games, shows and training. Open 3pm-7pm every day (2pm during bad weather) and 4pm-10pm on Wed & Fri. Adults: 5,10 euros, Child: 3,40 euros and 3,40 euros more for ice shoes.

Ice Skating – Fernie

Good choice for children

Fernie, Canada

You can skate either indoors at the Fernie Memorial Arena in Fernie Town, or outside at one of 3 venue - Fernie Aquatic Centre, Maiden Lake or the Annex Park Pond. Skates can be hired. Check with the tourist office or at the venue for opening times and conditions during the season. Great fun for all the family!

Ice skating – Ischgl

Good choice for children

+43 5099 0100

Located very close to the town centre, behind the Silvretta cable car, the Ischgl ice rink is open most days, depending on the weather. The ice rink opens at 2pm and closes at 7pm, or 9.30pm for starlight skating. Bookable at the Paznaun-Ischgl Tourist Office at Dorfstrasse 43, 6561 Ischgl.  

Ice Skating – Kicking Horse

Ice Rink, The Learning Centre, Kicking Horse, BC

Located in the new Learning Centre in Kicking Horse this ice rink is a natural ice surface for everybody to enjoy. The downside is that you have to have your own skates so remember to take them with you if you have them.

Ice skating – La Clusaz

Good choice for children

+33 4 50 02 48 45
94 place du Pré de foire, 74220 La Clusaz, France

Ice skating fun for all the family in La Clusaz- something to do when the weather is too bad for the slopes. Special child hours with playground on ice.

Ice Skating – Le Grand Bornand

Good choice for children

+33 4 50 02 23 75
74450 Le Grand Bornand, France

The ice skating rink in Le Grand Bornand is 800 square meters and covered

Ice skating – Les Arcs

Good choice for children

+33 6 89 30 48 59
Arc 2000, Les Arcs, France

The Ice rink is located in the upper section of Arc 2000 on top of some of the lower residences. Skates can be hired or you can bring your own. Around €6 per adult including skate hire. Open 6 - 8pm daily, depending on the weather.  

Ice skating – Obergurgl

Good choice for children

+43 5256 6235
Hotel Enzian, Obergurgl, Austria

Great fun for young and old alike. The ice rink is located at the Hotel Enzian and is free to residents of the hotel. Open times are 4.30 - 11pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Open at weekends during December only, however check when you are in resort to confirm. Curling is also available, just contact them to check availability - great fun if you are with a group.  

Ice Skating – Sauze d’Oulx

Good choice for children

+33 9 3615073
Gran Villard, Sauze d'Oulx, Italy

There is an ice skating rink located in the Gran Villard. Great fun for all the family.

Ice skating – St Moritz

Good choice for children

+41 81 837 3333
St Moritz, Switzerland

Ice Skating is very popular in the St Moritz area with numerous artificial and natural rinks that are open throughout the year. You can also play ice hockey and curling during the winter season. There are a number of professional skaters who will give lessons during the season.

Ice skating – Val d’Isere

Good choice for children

+33 4 79 06 05 90
Val d'Isere, France

Opposite the olympic glondola open 2-7pm. Skates available from swimming pool building.

Ice skating – Zermatt

Good choice for children

+41 27 967 3673
Obere Matt, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

Natural and artificial skating rink with toy penguins for children to hold onto for stability. Turn right out of the station, walk 100m and turn left and head down Hoffmattstrasse until you see the ice rink on your left.

Ice-climbing

MadDogSki FavouriteGood choice for children

+33 4 5047 1008
18 route de Notre Dame de la Gorge, Les Contamines-Montjoie, France

Try your hand at guided ice-climbing on Les Contamines’ frozen waterfalls. The scenery is stunning and there are waterfall walls to suit all levels of climber, including kids. 

Ice-skating

Good choice for children

+33 4 5047 0623
Route de Notre Dame de la Gorge, Les Contamines-Montjoie, France

Kids and adults can take to the natural, open-air ice-skating rink in the town centre. Open every day from December to March with twice weekly evening openings during the French school holidays.

Indian Park – Cervina

Good choice for children

11021 Cervinia, Italy

The Indian Park, right of the Bontadini chair lift, is run by 5 Italian shapers and provides excellent fun for all levels. If you are in Zermatt access is over the Theodulpass and as the weather is often better here than in Zermatt it is well worth the venture.          

Indiana ‘Ventures

Good choice for children

+33 4 50 49 48 60
Morzine, France

If you fancy doing something exciting for yourself or the whole family then contact these guys.  They have a variety of activities on offer from night sledging, snow shoeing, snow scooters, off-piste guiding, speedriding and a whole lot more.  

Indoor climbing – Flaine

+33 6 66 95 20 87
Flaine Foret, Flaine, France

Located in the auditorium, Flaine Foret. You can climb unaccompanied or with lessons from a qualified instructor.

Indoor Climbing, Zermatters

+41 (0)27 966 24 66
Bahnhofstrasse 58, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

The Triftbachhalle is a community hall where you can practice indoor climbing. Walk down Kirchstrasse and bear left before the park, carry on down this street and the hall is on your right. Open Mondays 9-10.30pm, Thursdays 7-10.30pm, Fridays 5.30-9pm and Saturdays 4-7pm. Book through Zermatters for guided climbing in the Triftbachhalle on Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Open 8.30am-12pm, 3-7pm.    

Indoor Golf

+43 5256 6261
Hotel Rimi, Obergurgl, Austria

Fancy keepying your swing action up to par? Here you can practice your putting and swings in an indoor golf centre. Great for those white out days when you don't feel like getting cold!  

Indoor Ropes Course

+41 33 854 12 80
Indoor Ropes Course, Grindelwald, Switzerland

If the weather takes a turn for the worst, head to the Sports Centre to try the 5 different rope courses suspended above the town ice rink. This is a really wild course with lots of fun obstacles and features like sleds, bicycles, tight ropes and zip wires to move around on! Its costs quite a lot at 37fr (adult) and will take around 3 hours with a break.

Isol’Air 2000

+33 6 86 01 32 55 (Stephane)
Isola, France

Weather permitting, the Isol'Air 2000 is available for you to try - just launch yourself down the mountain and attempt a jump or just aim to land on the massive air bag, without doing too much damage. These are quite popular in a number of ski resorts.

Jean-Jacques Dejouy

+33 6 09 91 13 13
Lotissement de Saint-Bon, 73120 Saint-Bon, France

Expect to pay about €80 per session for a tandem paraglider flight with a qualified instructor.

Karting on Ice

+33 4 92 52 60 60
05330 Saint Chaffrey, France

Chuck yourself round a course of ice, or watch the big boys do it! Prost was here this year. They provide karts and helmets. It runs until the middle of March.

Kid’s events/activities

Good choice for children

+43 5099 0100
Tourist Information Paznaun, Dorfstrabe 43, 6561 Ischgl, Austria

Ischgl has a varied program of events and activities for children. Visit the Ischgl tourist office to find out what’s happening during your visit to Ischgl. The Ischgl tourist office also has a list of registered nannies and child minders. 

Kids’ ROC

Good choice for children

+1 250 814 5060
Kids ROC, Revelstoke, BC, Canada

A dedicated area for the kids. There are daytime programmes that keep the little ones entertained on the snow, and some evening events as well. Check with the programmes before you arrive to see what is available.  

La Cavale

+33 4 79 07 72 13 / +33 6 09 12 15 94
Les Chalets Pointus Arc 1600, Les Arcs, France

For an active alternative in Les Arcs try skiing another way - ski-joering involves being pulled by horses on your skis.

La Rosiere Ice Rink

Good choice for children

+33 4 7908 3020
Place des Eucherts, 73700 La Rosière, France

The ‘patinoire’ is a popular evening activity in La Rosiere, but the rink is open during the day too, so it’s an activity that can be done as part of a day off the slopes. Families are obviously welcome in this indoor ice rink located in Les Eucherts village. There are local matches every Wednesday if you want to watch how it’s done properly. All equipment for all ages is available to rent, including helmets and gloves. There’s plenty of seating if you’re not up for partaking and the sound...

Le BK Park

Good choice for children

+33 4 79 00 62 75
BK PARK Secteur de la Becca 73440 Les Menuires

Open daily (During the opening time of the slopes and depends on the snow conditions). Those looking to have fun together will love the BK fun zone : Le BK Park. There are 2 boarder-crosses for devilish races, as well as bump and rail zones where you can learn, or improve your Freestyle (2 levels of boarder-cross runs, 1 blue and 1 red). Snowcross Boarder cross Snowpark Sport Open air

Le Lagon

Good choice for children

+33 479 40 29 95
Tignes Le Lac, France

Le Lagon is a great place in Tignes for both tourists and locals alike. There are two nice sized swimming pools enabling sporty people to do their lengths whilst families and those wanting to 'chill' can indulge in the second pool complete with lazy river, jacuzzi bubbles and a couple of fun slides. In addition to the pools there is a separate sauna, jacuzzi and steam room area as well as a well-equipped gym and fitness room for the several classes held here on a weekly basis; anything from Step...

Leisure facilities

Good choice for children

Place des 2 Alpes, 38860 Les Deux Alpes, France

For a relaxing time in Les Deux Alpes why not try the outdoor swimming pool or for those more active, the ice rink, which can be found in the Place des 2 Alpes and both are free with a six day ski-pass. An absolute must if you have kids, try their Dodgems on Ice. They only operate on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and they're not exactly fast, but the kids will love it.

Livigno Sport Fitness Centre

+39 0342 970277
Aquagranda Via Rasia – Livigno, Italy

The fabulous Aquagranda reopened in 2014/15 season and offers a wonderful opportunity to exercise at high altitude. The fitness area is 1,816 meters about sea level and is the highest place in Europe where you can train, second in the world to Mexico city. An interesting point - the name Aquagranda comes from the river Spol, which in the dialect of Livigno is called 'Aquagranda'. It flows through the valley for 23km an din to the lake of Livigno (Gallo Lake). Opening times: Monday through Friday from 10.00 to 22.00...

Lou Roug’s

+33 6 70 94 18 05
74390 Chatel, France

Ski joering/horse-riding in Chatel. Ride through the Avondance Valley or try ski joering, where you ski behind a horse that pulls you along.

Ludicur spa and squash

+33 4 79 08 89 08
Hotel la Chaudanne, Route de la Montee, Meribel

Offers various beauty treatments. Squash courts also available. Open 9am-8pm, closed Sunday.

Luge/sledging

Good choice for children

73120 Courchevel, France

This luge run is 2km long, with a vertical descent of 300m and an average slope of 15%. It is the only floodlit sled run in France. You can take the Grangettes telecabine back to 1850 (til 7.30pm) or catch the bus from the bottom of the run. Free but you will need to hire a sledge from one of the larger hire shops - about €5.Children allowed from 8, there is a kiddie run at the top for the little ones. Open 9am-7.30pm til April depending on snow conditions.

Marine Air Sport

+33 4 79 411 5 07
Marine air sport Philippe de Villenoisy, Val d'Isere, France

A chance to see Val from the air, seated behind the pilot in a microlite aircraft... if you dare!

Meadow Park Sports Centre

Good choice for children

+1 604 935 7529
Whistler, Canada

This sports centre in Whistler caters for locals and visitors alike. They have a kids' pool, lap pool, hot tub, steam room, ice rink, fitness centre with weights and cardio equipment and there are squash courts also available. Towels can be hired. So if you have any energy left after skiing all day you can head here, or take a day off from the slopes and spend the day indoors. Located north of the Village. Open every day 6am - 10pm.

Mercedes-Benz Sportpark

Good choice for children

+43 5356 2022
Sportfeld 1, Kitzbuhel, Austria

There is plenty going on here to keep you busy on a non skiing day or into the evenings. Bowling - two fully automatic bowling alleys. €9 per hour.  Open 10am - 10pm (9pm Sundays) Curling - www.curlingclub.at for more information. Tel: +43 5356 71080, or +43 664 450 6916 Ice Skating - International ice skating school, ice skating courses for beginners, experts to figure skaters, individual training/group courses. Taster climbing course. Wednesday 8 - 9pm, SALEWA KletterKitz Hall €45, pre-register by calling +43 5356 20225 Indoor tennis Climbing walls...

Mont Blanc Escalade

Good choice for children

+33 4 50 54 76 48
ZA des Trabets, 74310 Les Houches, France

With the popular outdoor Gallands climbing area out of action in the winter (too cold and icy), many head to the indoor wall in Les Houches. There are over 40 routes so you can find something to challenge every level of climber - up to a staggering 9a. Entry is reasonably priced.

Moonlight skiing

Good choice for children

+33 4 79 09 03 99
La Plagne, France

Enjoy some wonderful views above La Plagne and experience night skiing with this great package from Oxygene. They will take you up to a mountain restaurant for a Savoyarde meal and then when you have eaten you jump back on your skis or board for a guided tour back to resort. They will supply you with head-torches and the run back is on a blue run, so that all levels will be able to take part. However, if you don't ski you can still take part - just call them...

Moonlit dog-sleigh adventure

+33 4 5047 1399 or 6 2183 5239
Nordic Park, Les Contamines-Montjoie, France

Kids love this moonlit dog-sleigh adventure, which is followed by a traditional trapper's dinner in a candlelit tent. The huskies are from Greenland and the pair who run the adventure have over twenty years of experience working with dogs in the Arctic.

Mountain Guides Association Lauterbrunnen

+41 33 821 61 00
Saxetbachweg 6, CH-3812, Wilderswil, Switzerland

The ski guiding company in Wengen offers a wide selection of activities aimed at those looking for adventure. Bookings must be made a month in advance if possible. All equipment is included in the price. Lunch, bus and train travel, mountain huts and drinks are not included in the price.

Mountain Guides Livigno

+39 342 996262
Via Ostaria, 23030 Livigno, Italy

Mountain guides in Livigno who offer not only great off-piste guiding but also a variety of activities and courses such as ice climbing, heli-skiing and nordic walking.

Mountain Guides Val Gardena

+39 471 794133
Ass. Mountain Guides, Val Gardena Selva Val Gardena

The Mountain Guides have a programme of skitouring, freeride, ski safari, snowshoeing & ice climbing on offer. Their team of guides are all highly qualified to show you the beauty of the mountains in safe conditions.

Mountain Tracks

+44 20 8123 2978
250 York Road, London SW11 3SJ

Mountain Tracks are a team of mountain professionals specialising in small group guided mountain adventure. If you want to get off the beaten track they offer the best back-country programs, ski touring, avalanche awareness courses, snow-shoeing and ice climbing excursions.

Mountain walks

+33 4 79 00 08 08
Val Thorens, France

If you aren't a skier or fancy doing something a little different you can use several ski lifts to take you on the walking trails, the scenery is breathtaking. You can purchase a 6 day pedestrian pass, giving you access to 8 lifts - Peclet Funitel, the Cairn and Caron gondolas, the Cime Caron cable car, the Moutiere chairlift (up only), the Grand Fond Funitel, the Rosael chairlift and the 3 Vallees Express gonola (you have to pay extra for this last one).  Time lengths for the footpaths vary and...

Mountainguide Adventure

+33 4 50 01 02 98 / +33 6 71 62 23 38
74400 Chamonix, France

This company organizes ski touring, off-piste guiding, heliskiing and ice climbing.

MTB on snow

+33 9 63 25 13 76
M'tain Bike, 328 Avenue de la Libération 73600 Moutiers, France

For the athletic, experienced mountain bikers, get the ultimate thrill and ride your bike down a snowy slope at 3000m altitude and lasting 700m. After the slopes close at 5pm every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, Gerald Bigot, qualified instructor, will take you up for the ultimate adrenalin rush. Prices from €40 for the descent, MTB and protective gear included.  

My Adventure

Good choice for children

+43 650 551 1125
Siedergasse 268, 8970 Schladming, Austria

If you fancy some active outdoor adventure in Schladming, then this is the place to go. Not only a ski school, but they also offer paragliding, survival training, mountain biking, gorge walking, walking trails, white water rafting, helicopter tours, hot air ballooning and more.

Night Skiing

73700 Les Arcs, France

One lift in each sector - Arc 1800, Arc 1600 and Arc 2000/1950 - stays open late on Thursdays for free night skiing under floodlights. Great fun and something of a novelty! (Please note this activity is weather permitting). Free even if you don't have a lift pass. Open 5 - 7pm.

Night skiing – Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier, France

Every Tuesday and Thursday night you can experience night skiing, the slopes of Vauban at Briancon and Mickey run at Villeneuve are open until the early hours.

Norbert Walder Carriage rides

+39 388 9866 478
Via Falzebener 103, 39010, Avelengo, South Tyrol

Take the family out for an exciting carriage ride through the snow, an experience you are all sure to enjoy. The trip lasts 30 minutes and costs approximately €54 for a family of four. The website isn't  in English.

Nordic Skiing

Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club, Box 1618 Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0

If you fancy trying this for the first time or are an experienced Nordic skier then contact the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club for more information about either lessons and trail maps.  

Nyzone Skydive

0800 376 796
35 Shotover Street, 9300 Queenstown

Skydiving from 15,000 ft over some of New Zealands finest landscapes. Open 8.30am- 6pm.  

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.

Oxygene Mont Blanc

+33 4 50 32 35 37
364 Route des Grandes Alpes, 74220 La Clusaz, France

Equipment hire and snow mobiling in La Clusaz.

Paintballing

+33 6 75 48 76 30
Meribel, France

A 100 pellet package in a specially equipped area costs around €20.

Paraflights

0800 225 520
Main Pier, Central Queenstown, P O Box 422

Paraflights offer solo and tandem parasailing where you are strapped into a harness and parachute and towed behind the parasail vessel. It's an awesome thrill, which is suitable for people of all ages and it operates from the Main Pier all year round. Main Pier is located at the end of The Mall. Open 8am - late  

Paragliding – Canada

+1 250 837 7929
Paragliding, Revelstoke, BC, Canada

If you have ever fancied souring like a bird then why not give it a try here - the views are stunning. They organise tandem flights from the resort.

Paragliding – Ischgl

MadDogSki Favourite

+43 676 917 4054
Daniel Tschoder, Ennweg 6, 6562 Mathon, Austria

Enjoy the Tyrol views from on high on a tandem paragliding flight in the mountains. There are three different flight options available at varying altitudes, but all require good weather conditions and warm clothes.

Paragliding – Les Carroz

+33 6 75 79 33 81
659 route du Pontet, 74300 Les Carroz, France

Why not try a tandem paragliding flight with instructor, available all year round. Courses available.

Paragliding – Merano 2000

Merano 2000, Italy

If you are looking for some more excitment then head for the top of the Merano 2000 cable car where there is a specifically built platform for take off. A tandem flight with a qualified and trained pilot will ensure that you enjoy the ride down.

Paragliding – Verbier

Verbier, Switzerland

Get a bird's eye view of Verbier and the surrounding Alps as you soar through the sky in perfect flight. Let one of our professional guides lead you along the adventure of a lifetime, or learn to fly on your own ! There are a number of companies to choose from: Adrenaline - +41 79 205 9595  adrenaline@verbier.ch, www.guides-verbier.com Fly Verbier - +41 79 764 8032 info@flyverbier.ch, www.flyverbier.ch Verbier Summits - +41 79 7109132 stu@verbier-summits.com, www.verbier-summits.com GraviteO - +41 79 793 2146 info@graviteO.ch, www.graviteO.ch Fly Xperience - +41 78 648...

Paragliding – Zermatt

+41 27 967 6744
Haus montana, Bachstrasse 8, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

On the river between Hofmattstrasse and Kirchstrasse. 150chf for a flight from Rothorn to Sunnegga, 190chf for Rothorn to town. See Zermatt's stunning scenery from the skies and take in the view of the surrounding 400m peaks as you glide above the mountains and ski trails below. A trained instructor will make sure you are relaxed and can fully enjoy the exhilarating flight. Open 8am-8pm.

Parc Olympique

Good choice for children

+33 4 79 00 30 38
Parc Olympic, Meribel, France

Sports centre in Meribel. The indoor climbing wall can be used free of charge by experienced climbers. Tuition and ice-climbing can also be arranged. To check availability and for information contact the mountain guides office. They also have an ice rink, go-karting, swimming pool, spa and bowling.

Passagers du Vent – Paragliding

+33 4 50 02 32 62 / +33 6 75 37 85 93
74450 Le Grand Bornand, France

Professional paragliding school at the bottom of the Rosay cable car with state registered instructors. Tandem initiation flights. Short flight, descent of 500 m: from €60 - Long flight, descent of 1100 m: €80. See website for further detail.

Piste basher ride

+33 6 17 33 51 95
La Plagne, France

Fancy a ride on a piste basher? Well how about driving one yourself? The 'Pisten Bully Polar 300' could be the answer to your dreams... With over 430 horsepower, this incredible mountain beast is the ultimate thrill ride. Apparently very popular with the ladies, or is that just the drivers' wishful thinking? Price starts at €60 per person for a 20 minute ride and adults only. Email them for bookings. If you have a go please let us know about your experience, especially if you are a woman!

PlagnAir

+33 6 13 75 54 34
Plagne Centre, La Plagne, France

Paragliding activities based in La Plagne. They specialise in tandem flights from the mountains - wow!

Powder Hound Express

Good choice for children

Lake Louise, Banff, Canada

If you want to drive your own huskies then this is your opportunity.  All very hands on from harnessing and driving your own dog pack. Suitable for children over the age of 6. Be warned though this is very popular so make sure you book well in advance if you don't want to miss out.  

Powder Mountain Catskiing Inc

+1 604 932 0169
8629 Drifter Way, Whistler, Canada

Whistler is a great place to push yourself to the limits by taking a Catskiing or Heliskiing trip up into the mountains to get the best out of the powder. With a maximum of 11 per Catskiing trip they promise to take care of you whatever your ability. The Heliskiing typically is a day trip.

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...

Queenstown Gym

+64 3 409 0222
Level 2, 53 Shotover Street, 9300 Queenstown

Gym facilities and sports clases including Les Mills Group Fitness Classes, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Capoeria and Salsa. Full range of gym equipment with $20 day passes or a 5 day pass for $80. Queenstown Gym is centrally located on Shotover Street above Aspects Health and Beauty. Open: Monday - Friday 6am - 9pm Saturday 8.30am - 7pm Sunday 10am - 7pm    

Queenstown Rafting

+64 3 44 9792
35 Shotover Street, 9300 Queenstown

White water rafting trips on the Shotover or Kawarau Rivers.  In winter access to Shotover river is made by helicopter and this is where the scenes in Lord of the Rings were filmed. Open 8.30am - 6pm.  

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.  

Rippled Earth Kayaking

+64 3 442 9904
P O Box 10, Mull Street, Glenorchy

Enjoy a kayak safari across Lake Wakatipu with lunch on Pigeon or Pig Island with a safe and professional guide. Winter safaris leave at 10am. Transport is provided from the Station building, Cnr Camp and Shotover Streets.  

Robocoaster Avalanche

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

The Robocoaster in Les Deux Alpes gives you the thrill of being in the middle of an avalanche, without the risk! It is bascially a 7 metre dome with 6 rotation axis, which along with the 4D pictures, takes you on an amazing trip. Might make you a little more careful next time you go off-piste! Go to the Tourist office for more information.

Roc’n Bob Toboggan run

Good choice for children

+33 4 79 00 62 75
La Croisette, 73440 Les Menuires, France

This is great fun for everybody - 4km of run with 22 bends to negotiate. Open daily except Sunday throughout the season : 2 - 6.45pm Helmet included as well as torches for the evening runs.    

RocknSnow Alpine Guiding

+43 664 406 56 50
Juns 521, 6293 Tux, Austria

They offer guides for activities on the mountain including freeriding, tandem paragliding, ice climbing, igloo building, informative avalanche training and loads more. They supply the equipment, the mountain guide and free pictures of the event. They can also offer guides for skiing and boarding.

Rocky Mountain Riders

+1 250 439 8156
Rocky Mountain Riders, Kicking Horse, BC

Fancy racing around the mountaon on a skidoo or snowmobile ? These guys have some great packages for you to chose from. There are extreme runs for the high adrenaline rush or a nice family guided tour where you can enjoy the scenery and the thrill of the run.  

Rodeo Park (Sledge track)

Les Arcs, France

New in Les Arcs for the 2011/12 season. A 3km long specially designed sledge track. Hire your sledge and helmet at the top and laugh all the way down. Participants must be over 12 and over 125cms in height. Prices start from €7.50 per person for 1 descent, €20 for a group of 4 (including equipment). Located at the top of the Transarc Gondola and Arcabulle chair lift.

Rustine Ecole

+33 6 14 52 41 82
Ecole de VTT Rustine, La Ranche 74110 Montriond, France

Ride down the slopes in Avoriaz on a mountain bike - yes, that is biking in the snow! A new and original way to see the slopes. The website doesn't appear to have an English translation but you get the idea - call Laurent on the number provided and give it a go...

SAF Helicopters

+33 4 79 08 0091
Val d'Isere, France

Flights which include inter-resort transfers, scenic flights and heli-skiing in Italy which is best booked through a ski school.

Saulire

+33 4 79 00 45 67

Flight with a qualified instructor. From Burgin Saulire.

Shotover Canyon Swing

+64 3 442 6990
37 Shotover Street, Queenstown

An exhilarating canyon swing that drops you 60m in freefall before arcing outwards at over 150km/h. Can be included as part of a combo deal with Jet boating, heli flights and rafting. The meeting point is centrally located on Shotover Street, a short distance from the Station building. Open 8.30am - 5.30pm.

Silvretta Centre

+43 5444 606 950
Silvretta Centre, Centerweg 1, 6561 Ischgl, Austria

The Silvretta Centre makes a great bad weather alternative to the mountains. Visitors can enjoy the excellent pool, relax in the sauna and then grab a bite at the cafe. There’s also a four lane bowling alley where you can order fondue or pizza.

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 Patrol

+1 403 762 6515
Sunshine Village, Banff, Canada

The Ski Patrol are there to make sure everybody is safe on the mountain. They work on avalanche safety, rescue skiers after accidents, lift evacuation and a lot more. Their base/infirmary is located in the lower section of the Mountain Holme building, just below the gondola exit, in the Village. If you need their services call them on 762-6515 to report an accident or call for help. The desk is open 8am - 5pm but the hotel reception can deal with requests out of hours.  

Ski-dooing

+33 6 08 63 07 40
Le Village, 38860 Les Deux Alpes, France

If you are not too exhausted after the slopes close in Les Deux Alpes then why not try Ski-dooing. They have four trips every evening at 6pm, 7.15pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm. Duration of the tour is an hour and covers approx 15km.

Skidoos

+33 6 83 97 53 26
73120 Courchevel, France

Available in 1850 and 1650. Around €90 solo or €40 seated behind a guide. Call for information and reservations or check out the website.

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.

Sledding – Merano 2000

Merano 2000, Italy

Fun for all the family, you can ride a sled down 3 km of slope, through the trees. Starting at the Piffing lift station and down to the Falzeben lift. On Friday evenings after a full moon there is floodlight sledding, as this event only happens once a month on average it is worth checking when you get to resort whether it will be available.

Sledging – Grindelwald

Good choice for children

Sledging, Grindelwald, Switzerland

Whether it’s your first time sledging or if you’ve been before, Grindelwald has miles of sled runs offering different speeds and difficulty. Bussalp is a stunning location above the town, which can be reached by bus from town or walked from the First gondola (2.5hrs walk), we would advise renting snow boots if you don’t have any. When there you can relax at the Bergrestaurant Bussalp to take in the views before setting off. It’s the longest sledging run in Europe at 12km!

Sledging – La Clusaz

Good choice for children

+33 4 50 02 65 00
Champ Giguet, 74220 La Clusaz, France

Why not have a go sledging in the Champ Giguet kids area in the centre of the village.

Sledging – Le Grand Bornand

Good choice for children

+33 4 50 02 78 00
74450 Le Grand Bornand, France

Sledging available on three secure and well laid out runs. First is in the village of Le  Grand Bornand, the second is at Venay in Chinaillon and finally the big one starts at the top of the Rosay cable car.

Sledging – St Moritz

Good choice for children

+ 41 81 837 33 33
St Moritz, Switzerland

There are three official sledging runs into resort, as well as a number of smaller ones. Head to any of the tourist information offices in resort to ask for more detailed information. Sledges can be rented in most sports shops and at some mountain ride stations.  

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.

Snow Biker

Good choice for children

+33 4 79 00 40 01
Mottaret, France

One hour skidoo outings from €75 (plus €20 for an additional passenger). Special packages available for children, €10 for 10 minutes.

Snow Bodyboarding

+33 4 79 09 77 24
La Plagne, France

Fancy Snow bodyboarding ? Once the slopes of La Plagne have closed for the day you can grab an inflatable sledge and hurl yourself down the mountain. If you are travelling in a group then this must be high on your 'to do'  list! This activity is unique to La Plagne and is available to 10 lucky people each Thursday and Friday evening and is organised by ESF. Price €25 per person and you have to be 16 years and over to take part. All safety gear is provided. Looks...

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 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 – Cauterets

65110 Cauterets, France

Expore the many beautiful walks in and around Cauterets.  Visit the Tourist office in the town for more details. Snow shoes can be hired for around €8 per day, from most ski hire shops.

Snow shoeing – Fernie

Fernie, Canada

The wonderful scenery around Fernie makes this a great place for a bit of snowshoeing, they are bike trails in the summer and ideal trails for walking in the winter. The snow is deep and powdery. Pick up a guide for all the trails from the Tourist office or The Guide's Hut in town, where you can also hire all the equipment you might need. You can also book to go on a Mountain Heritage Snowshoe tour, these are guided tours around the mountain and departure times for Half-days are...

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 – Lech

+43 5583 21610
6764 Lech, Austria

For a snow shoeing tour around Lech the Tourist office can arrange a guide for you and equipment hire. The walk takes approximately 2.5 hours and they also arrange moonlight walks. Take some time to enjoy the landscape at a more leisurely pace.  

Snow shoeing – Les Contamines

MadDogSki Favourite

+33 4 5047 1008
18 route de Notre Dame de la Gorge, Les Contamines-Montjoie, France

There is an extensive network of snowy trails and paths leading out from the village into the mountains, and around the Les Contamines Nature Reserve (the highest in France). The paths are well sign-posted and hikers can enjoy quiet and safe routes through stunning scenery. Guided excursions on different themes are available for booking, or you can go solo, pick up a map from the tourist office and hire your snow-shoes in town.

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 – Val Gardena

Snowshoeing, Val Gardena, South Tyrol, Italy

Taking a snowshoe excurision is a great way to see the lovely scenery. This beloved winter sport is an alternative to ski touring and takes you on a peaceful and silent journey to mountain pastures and mountains. A winter excursion map, where snowshoe trails are also listed, can be obtained for free in all tourism offices in Val Gardena. There is also an online winter hiking map of Val Gardena available. Winter hiking map Val Gardena (PDF) Winter hiking map TABACCO (JPG)

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...

Snowmobile – Val Thorens

+33 4 79 00 21 46
Snowmobile, Place Caron, Val Thorens, France

Every night from 5.30pm you can take a snowmoible out on the slopes, either on your own or as a passenger. The professional guides will introduce you to the magic of the mountain in the evening.

Snowmobiling – Flaine

+33 6 12 21 40 60
Réservations bureau de l'Ecole de Ski Internationale - Galerie marchande, 74300 Flaine, France

Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience : an amazing snowmobile trip amongst the ski slopes and forets of the Grand Massif.

Snowshoe hiking

Merano 2000, Italy

There are an array of snowshoe hiking routes in the region of Avelengo, you can download a list of the routes here, or go into the tourist office when you are in resort and they will help you.

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.  

Southern Rivers Flyfishing

+64 3 433 6941
Southern Rivers Fly Fishing Guides, South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand is home to some of the best hunting and fishing experiences. Southern Rivers offers half, full and multi-day fly fishing trips with tuition, equipment and the all important local knowledge to get fishing enthusiasts to the best spots.  Locations are reached by 4WD or helicopter and night fishing trips are also possible.

Speed riding

+33 6 19 51 39 34
73700 Les Arcs, France

Les Arcs is one of the first resorts to have placed a daring bet on speed riding, a bold combination of skiing and paragliding. Lately speed riding has attracting a broader audience and anyone can have a go at it, first on a training slope then come across the pros along Aiguille Rouge slopes. 2, 3 or 5 day training sessions, discovery sessions, heli-speed - any package available.   Prices from €120 per person for a discovery session.  

Sports Centre

+33 4 79 01 08 83
Les Menuires, France

The sports centre offers a range of activities including sqaush, badminton couts and ping pong table. So if you feel you haven't done enough on the slopes or it is a non skiing day, why not head here for a bit of exercise. You can even participate in tournaments of your chosen sport, enjoy! Open daily throughout the season: 9am - 8.45pm Rackets included in the cost of many court rentals, check at the time of booking.

Sports Hall – Val d’Isere

Good choice for children

+33 4 79 04 26 01
Centre des congres, Val d'Isere, France

Behind the olympic glondola station, most sports are available. The hall must be booked in advance. New for 2012 is a fun area for children.  

Sportstadium Pranives

Good choice for children

+39 471 794265
Pranives, Str. Nives 17 · I-39048 Selva Val Gardena (BZ)

This indoor sports statium has a gym suitable for football (if you are in a big group!) and they also have an indoor ice rink. Skate hire is available.

Sportzentrum Prau

+41 81 920 9191
Via Prau la Selva 6, 7018 Flims Waldhaus, Switzerland

The Flims sport centre offers an ice rink from July to the end of March, a fitness room, shooting range, solarium, table tennis, an outdoor ice rink in Winter and Bavarian curling.

Squash

+33 4 50 74 03 95
ESquash Résidence Les Fontaines Blanches, 17 promenade du Festival, 74110 Avoriaz, France

Have a game of squash whilst you are away - just to keep your fitness up or to while away a bad weather day.  

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...

Street Park and Nature Park

Good choice for children

65110 Cauterets, France

Go skating/roller blading in this park next to the tennis courts, close to the telecabine.  The Park Nature which is next door is a playground for all ages with a rope climbing frame and 'mini death slide' on Avenue de Dr Domer.

Sunfeather Winterlude

Banff, Canada

A full day trip dog sledding for the enthusiast!  Enjoy the exciting and picturesque trail systems meandering through entwined forests of towering black spruce. Stop to savour slow-roasted deli smokies and other Canadian-style delicacies. Afterwards, glide along snow-packed trails adjacent to the mystic Goat Creek. The trip takes 6 hours in total, including 1 hour travel to and from the venue and half an hour instruction before you start. Again this is a popular trip so make sure you book well in advance.  

Swimming – Val Gardena

Good choice for children

+39 471 797131
Swimming Pool, Ortisei, St. Ulrich, Str Promenade, South Tyrol

There is a great indoor and an outdoor pool to choose from.  

Swimming pool & Spa complex

Good choice for children

La Plagne, France

There is a sauna, cold plunge pool and everything else you would expect to help you unwind and relax at the end of a hard day on the mountain. Children are well catered for and there are aquaaerobics classes and other activities throughout the season to keep you busy and entertained on bad weather days.

Swimming Pools

Good choice for children

3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

Hotel Christiana, take Sunneggastrasse Street from the river near the Sunnegga lift station and take the second left.  This hotel has a large heated indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a gym. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday : 8-10am, 2-8pm, Tuesday: 2-8pm, Thursday: 8-10.30am. Sauna and swim: 20chf, gym :6chf. Tel: +41 27 966 8000 Hotel Arca, Spisstrasse 42, turn left out of the train station and follow the street, the hotel will be on your right. Salt-water simming pool. Massage jets and Roman steam baths. Children are not allowed into the swimming pools. Open...

Swimming pools – Sauze d’Oulx

If you are looking for a swimming pool there are a number near to the resort: (call locally for opening times) Bardonecchia - Tel: +39 122 999945 Sestriere - Tel: +39 122 755444 Susa - Tel: +39 122 629256 Briancon - Tel: +33 492200404  

Tandem Paragliding – La Clusaz

+33 4 50 45 00 07
17 passage des Novalles, 74220 La Clusaz, France

For stunning views and an exhilarating experience why not try tandem paragliding over La Clusaz and the surrounding area.

Tarentaise traineau mushing

Good choice for children

+33 6 16 48 60 47
Tignes, France

Dog sledge rides on the frozen lake in Tignes.

Tauernalm Tobogganing

Good choice for children

+43 3687 61672
Rohrmoosstrasse 208, 8970 Schladming, Austria

Rent your toboggans for family fun...

Telemark Skiing

+1 866 754 5425
Telemark skiing, Kicking Horse, BC

Telemark skiing originated in the 19th century in Norway and you can learn the graceful art as well. There are short clinics or full day experiences on offer. It is suitable for all levels of skier ability from novices to experts. So if you want to 'free your heels' just call the booking office for more informaion.

Tennis and Squash

+43 5446 2625
St Anton. Austria

Situated near the train station. Three indoor tennis courts and a squash court.

The Skating rink

Good choice for children

+33 4 50 73 34 12
Route de Vonnes, 74390 Chatel, France

Near Vonnes Lake, in an outstanding natural setting, the ice is artificial and the rink is in the open air. You can ski all day long, and continue under the stars as the rink is open several evenings a week. If good conditions another rink, a natural one, is opened on the lac.

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...

Tobagganing – Val Thorens

Good choice for children

+33 4 79 00 07 08
Chalet Luge au Rond Point des Pistes, Val Thorens, France

At 6km long this is the longest toboggan run in Europe, taking approximately 45 mins from top to bottom. Starting at around 3000m of altitude at the foot of the Algulles de Peclet. Open daily from 10am - 3pm and evenings, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Accessible via the Funtel de Peclet, tickets are for adults and children over 5, with night time ventures, a head torch and helmet completing your outfit. Prices from around €14.50 in the day and €22.50 by night. (Prices increase if you don't have a lift...

Tobbogan rides – Avoriaz

Good choice for children

+33 4 50 09 27 43
74110 Avoriaz, France

Take a toboggan ride down the mountain in Avoriaz, with a qualified instructor in tow.

Toboggan runs – Hintertux

Hintertux, Austria

There are three starting points for the toboggan runs in Hinterrux, they are the mountain huts Bichlalm, Höllensteinhütte and Grieralm. Toboggans for hire are available at all the huts... although the way home after a mountain hut evening is sometimes difficult! Access to all huts possible by taxi. Local traffic must be expected on the toboggan runs. Free shuttle bus to the Tuxertal, or with bus no. 4104 of the Christophorus Bus Line (bus stop Stillupklamm - Hintertux). Free use with the Tux-Finkenberg Ticket. 

Tobogganing – Hintertux

Good choice for children

6293 Hintertux, Austria

Why not try a toboggan run down the mountain, great fun during the day but a little hairy in the evening - even with the illuminations! There are three starting points and toboggans are available at the huts: Bichalm in Hintertux, 3km of illuminated run. Hollensteinhutte in Lanersbach. Grieralm in Juns.

Tobogganing – Mayrhofen

Good choice for children

6290 Mayrhofen, Austria

There are some great runs for Tobogganing in Mayrhofen, wonderful scenery through the Ziller Valley. Make your way to the Fasthof Wiesenhof and enjoy a warm drink to keep you going before setting off on your toboggan run down into Mayrhofen. Beware though, the run is not lit so you will need torches at night. For a really long run take the Gerlasstein cable car on Hainzenberg and whizz down the 7 km, floodlit toboggan run in Zillertal. Plenty of traditional mountain bars to stop off at on the way...

Tobogganing – Obergurgl

Good choice for children

+43 5256 6265
Obergurgl, Austria

Tobogganing is available daily from the base station at Hochgurgl gondola. Open from 8.30am - 4pm. Evening opening Monday and Thursday 7.30 - 10.30pm.

Tobogganing – Saalbach

Good choice for children

5753 Saalbach, Austria

Tobogganing is great fun for all the family. The Reiterkogel descent is floodlit so the fun can go on well into the evening.  Open every day from 8.30am to 4.15pm and from Monday toSaturday from 6pm to 9.30pm.  The lift run is included in the price of your lift pass but you can buy one way tickets. The toboggans have to be rented from the lift operator - they will not carry any toboggans that aren't their own! The Spielberghaus run is 3 km long - Pick-up point - "Saalbach...

Tobogganing – Val Gardena

Good choice for children

Tobogganing, Val Gardena, South Tyrol, Italy

You aren't allowed to take your toboggan on to the ski slopes but from the top station of the funicular Ortisei-Rasciesa, a well-prepared toboggan run (4 miles long) takes you down to the valley. The Alpe di Siusi also offers numerous beautiful toboggan runs. For a different view of the slopes why not try night-tobogganing ? You can depart from the Rasciesa or the Alpe di Siusi. Enjoy!  

Tobogganing – Verbier

Good choice for children

Verbier, Switzerland

The toboggan run in Verbier is a 10km path from Savoleyres to la Tzoumaz  You'll see it marked on your piste map with a red dotted line. You can hire toboggans in most ski hire shops in the resort. Children can toboggan on the nursery slopes after the lifts close for the day.

Tobogganing (Rodel)

Good choice for children

St Anton. Austria

You'll see the Gampen Toboggan run marked in yellow on your piste map, at the top of Nassereinbahn. You can hire a rodel from most sports shots. Take the gondola up and toboggan down. The run can be busy and is very fast is open late on Tuesday and Thursday evenings but your lift pass does not cover the gondola ride after 4.30pm. You can stop part way down the run to eat at the rustic Rodelalm.

Tobogganing in Ischgl

+43 5444 606
Silvrettaselbahn AG, Silvrettapatz 2, 6561 Ischgl, Austria

Ischgl’s night-time toboggan run is one of the longest in the Alps at 7km. This is an exciting after dark experience, especially popular with kids. The run is open on Monday and Thursday evenings, depending on the weather.

Tobogganning – Zermatt

Good choice for children

+41 27 921 4711
3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

There are three approved toboggan runs in Zermatt (tobogganing on the ski run is too dangerous). Most ski hire shops will rent sledges out for about 15chf per day.  Wrap up warm and wear good footwear - your feet are your brakes! Rotenboden to Riffelberg - Take the Gornergrat train to Rotenboden, use your ski pass. Rent your toboggan at Rotenboden and sledge down the track 1.5km to Riffelberg. Then jump back on the train and do it all again!  Take care on your first go as the track can be...

Top of the Mountain Concert

MadDogSki Favourite

+43 5099 0100

  Ischgl ski resort stages huge concerts at each end of the winter season, ensuring that every winter is opened and closed with a bi bang. Ischgl is famous for its party atmosphere and the concerts are impressive open-air events with big-name acts, such as Robbie Williams, Kylie, Elton John and The Killers. Check the Ischgl website for the next concert line-up.

Trepalle Service

+39 0342 979 128
Livigno, Italy

Skidoo rental - have a wild time on the slopes, great fun. Open daily 35€ for 35 minutes 45€ for 45 minutes    

Tubing – Mt Norquay

Good choice for children

Mt Norquay, Canada

Tubing is a great fun activity for all the family. You can even go down attached to each other. Tickets from the Cascade Lodge. The lanes are open daily - 11am - 4pm and on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 - 9pm. Check the website for all the rules of the slopes.    

Turtle Creek Tube Park

Good choice for children

+1 250 814 5060
Revelstoke, BC, Canada

This is great fun for all the family. Just sit in a rubber inner tube and 'fly' down the mountain... what's not to love?

Val d’Isere ice circuit

+33 4 79 06 21 40/+33 6 79 49 49 23
Val d'Isere, France

Ice-driving, go karting and quad biking - all on ice. Go on - show those Top Gear guys how it is done...

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

Walibi ski area

Good choice for children

+33 4 79 00 62 75
Ski area Les Menuires / Saint Martin, Secteur de la Masse, 73440, Les Menuires

Come and have fun on the blue slalom, in the boardercross and in the musical zone where you need to take up the original challenges! Benefit from the winners' podium to take an unusual photo souvenir. The Walibi Gliss zone is located on the Masse sector. Open daily (During the opening time of the slopes en depends on the snow conditions). Free for everyone

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...

Walks

+33 4 79 00 62 75
La Croisette 73440 Les Menuires

Certain lifts are open to pedestrian or snowshoe users, giving access to the altitude paths or simply to the exceptional views of the mountain peaks. There are also a number of walks around the town and local countryside. Free pedestrian and snowshoe path map is available at the Tourist Offices.

Wanaka Rock Climbing

+64 3 443 6411
P O Box 383, Wanaka

Lake Wanaka is renowned as one of the best rock climbing locations in New Zealand.  Wanaka Rock Climbing caters for all levels of climbers from instructing beginners, private guiding trips to challenging Alpine Rock climbing at some of the higher mountain areas.   Call for information from 8.30am  

Water slide!

73700 Les Arcs, France

Claiming to be the ultimate in active 'free fun' in Les Arcs - you have to gather enough momentum and speed to glide, standing on your skis, over a 12m pool without going down under... not for the fainthearted - especially as there is sure to be an audience !

Whistler Bungee

+1 604 938 9333
#19 - 4314 Main Street, Whistler, Canada

Known as Whistlers ultimate adrenalin rush, this Bungee jump is from 160ft high bridge spanning the Cheakamus River, about 15 south of resort. Pre-bookingand payment is essential. If you need some encouragement there are some great videos on their site. One jump for first timer, including t-shirt and transport $130.00. Prices reduce for members or for groups. You can also try a tandem jump or in a wheelchair. Check out their website for more information on pricing and deals.

Whistler Sliding Centre

+1 604 964 0040
4910 Glacier Lane, Whistler, Canada

For the thrill ride of a lifetime and unique to Whistler, take a ride down the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton runs used during the 2010 Winter Olympics.  This is the only place in the world where you can enjoy a piloted four-man bobsleigh experience and a solo skeleton experience down the fastest, most technical course in the world - but don't panic, visitors have a slower starting gate further down the course.   Each experience takes about 2.5 hours, including training and tour and all take place at the end...

Whitetracks

+33 6 86 12 34 17 / +44 779 664 0841

Airport and resort transfers to ski resorts in France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland by helicopter (4x4 if bad weather). They also organize many activities from ice karting, driving a car on ice to hot air ballooning.

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 MTB

Livigno, Italy

If you fancy trying your chances on two wheels instead of two skis then why not try mountain biking in the snow? The tyres are specially adapted for the conditions. There are a number of companies who specialise in this sport: Val Federia: www.bellitaliainbici.it/valfederia.htm Livigno cycling road: www.bellitaliainbici.it/livigno_pano.htm Livigno Campacc www.bellitaliainbici.it/livigno_campacc.htm  

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.  

Ziptrek

MadDogSki FavouriteGood choice for children

+1 604 935 0001
Whistler, Canada

An exhilarating memory to take home from Whistler, flying along a cable securely strung in the treetops is a thrilling rush. When fresh snow blankets the forest, this is one-of-a-kind scenic experience. You meet the guides in the Carleton Lodge.