10 adrenaline-rush activities you need to try this winter

Looking for fun things to do in the winter? Let us inspire you with our top 10 adrenaline activities, and where you can experience them at their high-octane best.

Tour skate – Åland, Finland

Go tour skating across the deepest, darkest, prettiest part of the Nordic region

Skating around and around and around an ice rink can often get rather boring. Up your game and go on a freestyle route around the frozen lakes of Finland’s Åland Islands.

Find a flight to nearby Mariehamn
Read more: 14 facts you probably didn’t know about Finland

Dog-sled – Exit Glacier, AK, US

Woof! Go dog-sledding in Alaska this winter

Sledding is traditionally a solo affair, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a lone wolf. Head to Alaska’s Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park and cruise across the terrain with your eight new furry (though not cuddly!) friends.

Find a flight to nearby Homer

Mountaineer – Mont Blanc, France

Go head-to-head with the elements while mountaineering Mont Blanc

At 4,810.45 m (15,782 ft) … or, in you prefer, almost six times the height of the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, Mont Blanc is the the mightiest peak in the Alps, and all of Europe. Join a mountaineering course and take a guided ascent. You’ll walk back down with your head held high, filled with amazing stories and memory of the incredible vistas you encountered.

Find a flight to nearby Geneva

Fat bike – Alta, WY, US

Fat biking through Wyoming: one for the daredevils!

For anyone who’s tried, cycling through snow can be a bit risky. Avoid a disaster and get yourself a fat bike. What’s a fat bike? Basically, the same as a normal bike, only with beefed up tires that make it easy to venture across more precarious, snowy terrains. Rent yours in Wyoming this winter and let rip!

Find a flight to nearby Jackson

Glacier trek – Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Take a trekking holiday this winter to the Fox Glacier in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

A glacier is like a living being: flowing slowly and weathered from above, it’s constantly evolving. Jet yourself over to the Westland Tai Poutini National Park in New Zealand and trek across the ever-changing, but always beautiful Fox Glacier.

Find a flight to nearby Hokitika
Read more: Discover New Zealand: 7 spectacular destinations away from the crowds

Bobsleigh – CG, Canada

Visit Calgary Olympic Park for a winter getaway with a difference, and a bobsleigh

Head to Calgary and jump aboard what you might call a bathtub on rails as it hurtles down Canada Olympic Park’s track at speeds of up to 75 mph. The good news? The driver’s a professional. The bad news? The 14-turn ride only lasts 60 seconds, and is not for the easily dizzied.

Find a flight to Calgary

Ice-climb – Ouray, CO, US

Feeling adventurous? Try ice climbing in Ouray

Climbing a regular wall is so last winter. Head to Colorado for a wall or cliff-side covered in shimmering ice. Yes, it’s extremely slippery, but those less-daring shouldn’t worry: visit in January for the Ouray Ice Festival and you can relax with a hot chocolate and watch other thrill-seekers mounting the ice instead.

Find a flight to nearby Montrose

Cross-country ski – Beitostølen, Norway

Returning home after a busy day cross country skiing

The trouble with skis is they only take you downhill. Take a turn for the better, and shuffle your way around the Jotunheimen National Park in Norway, cross-country style. It’ll be the workout of your life, but the views and gliding over the velvety snow is totally worth the pain.

Find a flight to nearby Oslo

Snowshoe – Yosemite National Park, CA, US

Slip on your shoes and start skiing - in Yosemite National Park

We’ve all tried looking cool while walking over fresh snow, only to find that it is much, much deeper than expected. Don’t get stuck this year. Grab yourself a pair of snowshoes – or tennis rackets strapped to your feet, if you’re feeling extra adventurous – and glide with ease over Yosemite National Park.

Find a flight to nearby Fresno
Read more: Tips for the perfect Southwest US road trip

Heli-ski – Banff, AB, Canada

Extreme winter sports don't come tougher than heli-skiing!

If you really want to take things to the extreme this winter, heli-skiing might just be up to scratch. Beyond making your typical action movie stuntman jealous, a helicopter is much quicker, and far cooler alternative to queuing for the gondola or chairlift in-between slopes.

Not every ski resort allows for this gnarly thrill, so head to Banff in Alberta and take yourself for a spin.

Find a flight to nearby Calgary

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