Surge across an unspoilt winter wonderland behind a dog sledge, plunge down pristine slopes accessible only by chopper or blast your way down a bobsleigh run at breathtaking speeds. Experience more than just a ski holiday with our guide to Europe’s best winter sports resorts.
Suitable for beginners as well as seasoned skiers, Åre has an arsenal of ski runs. Away from the slopes, discover the exhilaration of husky dog sledding in which experienced mushers will whizz you through an awe inspiring wilderness. If you fancy some hands-on action, you can also experience the excitement and adventure of leading your own dogsled team.
In addition, Åre has breathtaking ice climbing in limestone caves, heli-skiing and a zip line park in which you careen down a mountain side harnessed to a zip wire at speeds of up to 70kph (43mph). The combination of extreme sports and the infamous nightlife make Åre a perfect destination for an adventurous holiday with friends.
Featuring endless cross-country trails and alpine slopes, Norway is a less crowded winter sports destination. Family-friendly Hafjell is one of four main resorts in Lillehammer which offers great introductory snowmobile classes for children and adults.
For those looking for a faster pace, Hafjell also has a bobsleighing and bobrafting track. Bobsleighs send you flying at speeds up to 120kph (75mph), while the bobrafts, an inflatable counterpart, guarantees a slightly gentler journey. Families can also enjoy tobogganing trails and traditional wooden sled rides. Enjoy two of Scandinavia’s best resorts for winter sports.