Alternative Winter Sports

So, you’ve done your fair share of skiing, you’ve hit the slopes on many a snowboard and now you are bored in the snow. Since many resorts commonly cater to these two primary recreational activities when it comes to winter sports, it’s likely you are a little tired of them despite your absolute relentless adoration for the winter and of course snow. This is where your curiosity pays off, winter sports have much more to offer than the big two and here are just a few you may want to explore further.

Snowskating

Done snowboarding, check. Love skateboarding, check. Welcome to your new favourite sport. Snowskating ties together the best parts of both sports by allowing you to get knee deep in the fluffy white stuff while coasting on a more manageable board. Snowboards are hugely cumbersome compared to their urban counterpart and don’t allow for the range of stylish tricks that can be executed on the streets. Here though you can kickflip, gazelle and hospital your way downhill with the bonus of a snowy cushion instead of a pavement punch to greet you when you bail.

Bobsleighing

By now you may have forgotten the beloved saga of the Jamaican team chronicled in the ‘90s family flick Cool Runnings, and yet bobsleighing (or bobsledding) is still a fast and furious way to take on the winter. Grab some friends (typically 2 or 4 people ride a bobsleigh) and head to the top of the tunnels where you will take a run up and dive into your sleigh. From here you will have to practice taking the crazy turns that come your way with great precision as you head downhill at speeds over 90 miles an hour. If skiing just isn’t fast enough for you this alternative is perfect to quench your adrenaline hunger.

Snocross

Snocross
Snocross

Another hybrid sport here, snocross mixes the occurrence of snow (duh) with motocross to make a high-speed vehicle powered sport that moves over and above the snow. In snocross you don’t just ride any old snow mobile, in the same way that dirt bikes and road bikes vary in purpose and performance these specialised motorised ski vehicles are made for reaching silly speeds and allowing you to take off into the air and land without snapping into a hundred pieces. Originally shown competitively at the X games this high octane Snowsport has plenty of risk and therefore excitement.

Yukigassen

Yukigassen
Yukigassen

Unlike the others in the list this winter sport is unique since it doesn’t mix other sports or devices to create a new one. Yukigassen is Japanese competitive snowball fighting and it looks like a lot of fun. To play two teams of seven standoff on opposite sides of a court which has several pre-made ice walls to cover behind, the objective is to either eliminate the enemy combatants with direct snowball hits or capture their flag and return it to your team’s side. Suddenly snowball fights become far more tactical thanks to players having to share the pre-made 90 snowballs that must handed or rolled between teammates. If you’ve ever wanted to get into a niche winter sport look no further.