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The best activities to do off the slopes this winter

posted on Thursday, 23rd October 2014 | find under Fitness
Whether or not you’re an expert on skis or a snowboard, heading to snowier climes presents a number of fitness-enhancing opportunities to inspire you this winter. Motivating you to think beyond the ski lift and the après-ski party, #TeamSB put our heads together to recall some of our favourite winter adventures, and made some exciting additions to our bucket list in the process. 

Ice skating 
“During the winter season I love to ice skate outdoors in cool locales with romantic rinks, from NYC’s iconic Rockefeller Center and Central Park, to London’s Somerset House. This year I hope to visit Brighton and skate around the Royal Pavilion.” – Jen, Direct Marketing Manager

Japanese spa-hopping 
“I love combining snowboarding trips with a mix of unique off-slopes activities. Top of my to-do list is Japan, where the snow is meant to be the best in the world – a traditional Onsen steam bath would make a great way to wind down after a full day on the knee-deep powdered pistes.” – Louise, Content & Events Marketing Manager

Open-water swimming 
“I grew up in Canada near the Rockies, where every New Year the ‘Polar Bear Plunge’ sees the bravest swimmers submerge themselves in the glacial waters of Lake Louise. I’ve never done it, but each time I witness it I feel a pang of regret for not taking a leap of faith. I hereby swear that next time I’ll be the first one in.” – Brit, Copywriter 

Traditional sledging 
“I love snow days, especially when I am home in Kent. My family lives in the middle of the countryside, so when there is heavy snow you are literally stranded until it melts. The Weald of Kent has some big hills where we spend the day sledging down them as fast as we can, on old-fashioned wooden sledges. Then we create ramps and jumps out of mounds of snow to make it more extreme.” Georgie – Marketing Coordinator

Husky sledging 
“Number one on my bucket list is husky sledging. I’ve heard it’s very physical because you have to lean against the dogs to direct them, or they’ll run off in the wrong direction! You can take in some iconic European valleys in the process – it’s popular in Scandinavia, France and Switzerland.” – Emma, Digital Marketing Executive     

Hopefully you’re feeling inspired with some new ideas for your winter adventures! Share your favourite seasonal activities or bucket list holidays on the blog, Twitter or Facebook to join the conversation. 

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