Winter holidays without the skiing

While an early New Year holiday traditionally is about skiing, what if you don’t want to ski but still fancy a break in snowy surroundings?

There are plenty of other options, from snowboarding to dog sledding, trekking to guided hiking and yoga.

Here are a few suggestions courtesy of The Guardian newspaper for winter holiday locations that offer more than simply skiing:

In Austria, the area around Salzburg is just one of many places that offers guided snowshoeing as well as wellness spas with heated pools, saunas and hot tubs.

Murmansk in Russia is the largest city north of the Arctic Circle and among the holiday options are an aurora borealis-hunting expedition, dog sledding, a visit to Snow Village, to see hand-carved ice sculptures.

You could try a spa hotel in the Dolomites for a “wellness” holiday where you can experience a herbal sauna, yoga, meditation and guided hiking as well as sledding and snowshoeing.

Slovakia’s Tatras mountains offer national parks, pine forests and mountain villages to explore by by snowshoe, husky sled or horse-drawn carriage.

In Finland’s Syöte National Park you could stay in a log cabin with open fire and private sauna and from there try ice fishing and husky-sledding, cross-country skiing and nocturnal snowmobile safaris.

There are more examples if you follow the link above.