A winter in the Alps offers more opportunities for adventure than you can shake a ski pole at, but the majority of visitors experience just a tiny slice of the action, restricting themselves to skiing or snowboarding in the best known resorts.
But it’s not until you leave the ski lifts behind and escape the big resorts, that you start to truly appreciate the full glory and rich diversity of one of the most magnificent mountain ranges on earth.
Winter activity holidays don’t just have to be all about skiing. From husky sledding to ice climbing, there’s much more to do in the mountains, for skiers and non-skiers alike, and alternative winter sports all over the Alps, with certain regions more geared-up than others. Take a look at how the multi-activity specialists Undiscovered Alps do it and you’ll see that with a little imagination, there’s another world of activities opened to you.
Venture inside the Arctic or Antarctic Circles there are amazing holidays to be had, and visiting you’ll enter a whole different realm of light and dark. With the sun hovering above the poles in mid-summer and abandoning them completely in mid-winter, visitors find themselves in either eternal daylight or darkness during certain months of the year.
Summer in the northern hemisphere hits its peak around the 20th of June, when the sun stays highest for longest for the summer solstice. The opposite happens down south; with June and July in near-darkness, and January and December enjoying extended days.
Ever lived where the sun never sets?
Just launched, we are on the lookout for climbers who are bloggers and bloggers who climb. So, pretty soon we hope to have roped together a team of writers who can advise on the best routes, the best gear, the accommodation and hostels to crash in when you go, and the most inspiring countries to visit.
Don’t worry about it all getting really technical – while we’ll search out experts so they can share their years of experience, we are also looking for people new to the sport.
I’ve climbed maybe a dozen times, but always with someone belaying on the other end of the rope, and there’s so much to learn! Apart from getting ‘disco knee’ on just about every ascent, I used muscles that I never imagined I had: how is it possible to have muscles in your fingers?
Adventure sports build confidence, but having enjoyed all manner of pursuits, rockclimbing is the one that instantly helps you face fear. It also needs you to have an unwavering faith in both your equipment and the people climbing with you. So in one way it’s a very solo experience – almost entirely so when you look at the free climbers – but in another, it’s a team challenge.
And the rewards are instant. When you reach the top of your first climb, regardless of how high or which grade it was, the payback is immense. And you often get to abseil back down!
If you’ve got stories to share and the knowledge to bring great posts to our latest blog, drop us a line.
By having real temperature shifts and heavy snowfalls in winter, and strong sunrays blaze through its clean skies during summer, Ontario is ready and waiting all year round. read more
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