With 37 years of experience of delivering stunning skiing holidays across the world’s top destinations, leading ski specialists Neilson are well aware that spending 24/7 on the slopes isn’t for everyone. For those customers looking for a snow holiday rather than a ski holiday, the operator has put together an unrivalled range of activities to enjoy without having to strap on the skis.
Porsche Ice Driving in Åre, Sweden
For some, the adrenaline-fuelled excitement of snowboarding holidays cannot be beaten. But adrenaline junkies looking for a buzz of a different nature will find their winter holiday heaven in Sweden. On Lake Åre they can enjoy a Bond-style driving experience like no other, driving (mainly sideways) on a frozen lake in a terrain used to train professional racing drivers.
For those who prefer their rides not to be of the white-knuckle variety, Åre also offers snowmobile safaris and husky sledding to allow holidaymakers to experience the remote areas outside of the resort.
Snow mobiling in Les Deux Alpes, France
Ski chalet holidays are a great base from which to try out high-octane sports, but sometimes it is nice to have a go at something which won’t leave you with any aches and pains the next day. There is no better way to take the weight-off your feet then ascending a mountain from the comfort of a snowmobile. Grab the chance to take a one or two-seater snowmobile with an experienced guide and imagine yourself as James Bond as the adrenaline flows through your body as you make your 2500m climb. The view over this snowy wonderland is well worth completing the 15km trail for - truly breathtaking.
Spa experience in Les Arcs, France
For others, the purpose of a holiday to enjoy a relaxing haven away from the stresses of life at home, in a picture-perfect winter wonderland setting. For those days when they are just too tired to head to the slopes, relaxing in Les Arcs luxurious spa (which opened in 2012) is the perfect way to unwind and while away the hours until dinnertime.
Horse-drawn sleigh rides in Kandersteg, Switzerland
Lovers can escape the slopes, snuggle-up under the warmth of a fur blanket and listen to the soft jingling of sleigh bells as they are whisked across the Swiss countryside in a horse-drawn sleigh ride in Kandersteg, one of Switzerland’s most picturesque and unspoiled resorts.
Gastronomic treats in Whistler, Canada
Those who prefer the après to the ski can look forward to the ‘Finer Things’ dining tour in Canada’s premier ski resort, Whistler. Foodies will enjoy course after course in each of four award-winning Whistler restaurants - the Bearfoot Bistro, Hy’s Steakhouse, Quattro and the Flipside Lounge. All before finishing off the superb culinary tour by learning to how to use open champagne using a saber, as they enjoy their favourite tipple in a 15,000 bottle wine cellar.
With so much on offer for the 2012-3 season, savvy holidaymakers should book now to get the best ski deals.