If you live in Switzerland, there seems to be this assumption you will hit the slopes with a smile. But what if it just doesn't rock your boat? The great news is there are lots of other options for great mountain & snow experiences. So much so, you might wonder how anyone in Switzerland finds time for alpine skiing. Here are some snow activities that top our list and doesn't involve strapping on skis to swoosh down a mountain.
Still a kid at heart? Airboarding is for you! This might just be one of most fun activities on snow. Airboarding has you sliding down slopes headfirst on a comfortable, inflated sled. The proximity to the snow and the speed you can get up to is exhilirating. The design of the airboard still provides you with control, letting you adapt the speed and direction. Greatest advantage of this new winter sport is the short learning period: a 30 minute initiation will have you equipped.
There are over 20 spots just in Switzerland where you can experience airboarding. The closes to the Geneva/Nyon/Lausanne area is at BasseRuche in St-Cergue, Vaud:
BasseRuche Espace Loisirs
Route de Basseruche 16
+ 41 (0)22 360 16 88
* check details of specific venues for exact age limit
If you have the spirit of a free-style skier but don't ski, this is for you! Seated on inflated tubes, you zoom down snow packed corridors getting a great winter thrill. The Toboggan Park at the Leysin resort (Vaudoise Alps) is reivented every year. They create new corridors designed by Silvio Giobellina, Olympic bobsleigher medalist. There are even a few mini-corridors for those under 5. On weekends, they are open in the evenings which adds a whole new adrenaline dimension!
Chemin des Feuilles
+41 (0)24 494 28 88
+41 (0)79 377 96 71
* IGLOO BUILDING
Everyone's dreamt of building an ingloo. Make it a reality; it really is as fun as it seems. Even better, sleep in it after! You'll learn a specific igloo making technique (yes, there are different kinds of igloos!) that best works for the type of snow conditions you'll have. You can join a short workshop or find a 2-day adveture. There are several providers in Switzerland and we've listed those known to offer this in the Jura or Suisse Romande.
If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Accessible to all doesn't make it uninteresting! You'll now often find prepared routes with packed snow for snowshoers. My advice, get off these and experience snowshoes in the type of snow they were made for. Not ready to head off a marked route on your own? Join an organised snowshoeing outing. You can also jazz things up by heading out for a snowshoe walk at sunrise or under the full moon.
* DOG SLEDGING
Well, I don't think I need to convince anyone why this should be on your "snow to-do-list"! This is a very popular activity though so you are better off planning this a season ahead for best date options, especially if you are thinking of doing this on a weekend. There are several mushers in Switzerland and we've shared 2 who offer this experience at La Givrine.
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