”As with any outdoor sport, never go without knowing exactly what you’re getting into! Make sure your first trip (or a few!) is with an experienced guide or instructor.” Learn more about the top 5 adventure activities on snow and ice offered by our local guides.
“Snow provokes responses that reach back to childhood.”
Snowshoeing is a fun winter outdoor activity of cross-country walking in the mountains and woods with snowshoeing equipment and trekking poles. Hiring a professional mountain guide for snowshoeing adventures is recommendable because of the fast-changing winter mountain conditions.
Guide’s Qualifications: Mountain Guide & Mountain Leader
2. SKI TOURING
“A pair of skis is the ultimate transportation to freedom.”
Ski touring is a winter adventure activity, also known in some countries as cross-country skiing. It requires previous winter experience, some navigation skills and good knowledge in winter snow conditions and hiking through potential avalanche terrain. Booking a professional guide is highly recommendable. .
Origins: High Keiser Pass, Norway, and Sierra Nevada, USA, 19th century
Guide’s Qualifications: Ski Touring Guide
3. OFF PISTE SKIING
“Off piste skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.”
Off piste skiing is probably the funniest and the craziest winter adventure activity that is gaining popularity in many ski resorts and skiing areas. It is also known as backcountry skiing, off-trail skiing, freeride skiing and freeskiing. It takes place on non-marked and unpatrolled pistes, trails or slopes nearby the commodities of the skiing resorts, such as ski lifts and helicopters. Booking a professional guide/instructor is highly recommendable.
Guide’s Qualifications: Off piste skiing Instructor/Guide
BeMyGuide’s Recommended Destinations: France, Austria, Japan, Canada, USA, Chile
“Life is better on the slopes.”
Splitboarding is a truly innovative winter activity that give the opportunity for an easy access the backcountry powder and the pristine snow conditions of the wild mountains outside the skiing resorts. This activity requires previous winter experience, some navigation skills and good knowledge in winter snow conditions and skiing through potential avalanche terrain. Booking a professional guide is highly recommendable.
Origins: USA, Salt Lake City, 1990s
Guide’s Qualifications: Splitboarding Instructor/Guide
BeMyGuide’s Recommended Destinations: Canada, Switzerland, USA, Japan, Russia
5. ICE CLIMBING
“I love ice climbing because it feels so good when I stop”.
Ice-climbing is a real winter adventure activity of ascending frozen waterfalls, icefalls and glaciers by using ice tools such as ice axe and crampons. The ice-climbing adventures require a good alpine guiding technique and a good knowledge about the ice conditions in the certain area.
Guide’s Qualifications: Climbing Guide
BeMyGuide’s Recommended Destinations: USA, Canada, Norway, Switzerland