Five Ideas for a Ski Holiday With a Difference

13th November 2017 - Craig Charley
Geilo Sledding © Vegard Breie

For many, a ski holiday is about maximum time on the slopes. For others, less concerned about skiing first to last lift, it's an all-round winter experience.

Most of our destinations offer you the opportunity to try new activities, enjoy impressive scenery or immerse yourself in unique local culture. Keep reading for five of our top recommendations for a ski holiday with a difference or, if you already have something in mind, speak to our specialists for advice on where to travel.

Iconic Rail Journeys

Glacier Express Switzerland

Travel on the Glacier Express in Switzerland

A few of our ski safaris include iconic rail journeys but the most impressive has to be the Glacier Express. This luxury rail adventure combines world-class skiing in Zermatt and St Moritz with sparkling mountain scenery and gourmet cuisine. Travelling entirely by train gives you plenty of opportunities to take it all in. For the best experience, we recommend upgrading to first class.

Glacier Express Ski Safari »

Cultural City Add-Ons

Oslo at Christmas © VISITOSLO / Tord Baklund

Explore Norway's cosmopolitan capital © VISITOSLO / Tord Baklund

One of nearly 20 city stays that we can combine with your ski holiday, Norway's capital Oslo has a vibrant café and bar culture complemented by world-class museums and galleries. It's an excellent stopover that can easily be added to many of our Scandinavian itineraries. Oslo is convenient for even a one night stay, taking only 19 minutes from the airport to the city on the express train.

Oslo City Add-On »

Arctic Adventures

Bjorkliden View - © Fredrik Schenholm

Ski in the Arctic Circle © Fredrik Schenholm

This off-the-beaten-track adventure takes you north of the Arctic Circle to a land of untouched snow and the magical Northern Lights. Ski Scandinavia's largest resort, Åre, before taking a sleeper train to the world's most northerly ski resort, Riksgränsen, and nearby Björkliden, where you go can heli-skiing or ski touring or take it easy with a trip to the ICEHOTEL®.

Åre and the Arctic Ski Safari »

Snow Safety Courses

Engelberg Snow & Safety Courses

Learn how to stay safe in the backcountry in Engelberg

We always recommend avalanche training before venturing off-piste and one of the best options is Engelberg's free Snow & Safety Days. Over three days, you'll learn how to use avalanche snow safety equipment under the supervision of expert guides, and you'll also get the chance to be guided in what is regarded as one of the top freeride resorts in Europe. Places are limited, so book early.

Engelberg Snow & Safety Days »

Winter Activities

Dog Sledding in Geilo © Emile Holba

Go dog-sledding in Geilo © Emile Holba

Scandinavia is a great place to try a new activity with most resorts offering a wide selection to choose from. Geilo in Norway is a particularly good option for an all-round winter experience, with dog-sledding, fat biking, ice fishing and a tree-top ropes course, as well as cross-country trails and the Langedrag Nature Park & Mountain Farm.

Winter Activities in Geilo »

From friendly advice to a definite price, we're here to help Monday to Saturday on 01273 224068 or you can request a quotation online today.

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Senior Marketing Executive

One of the handful of non-skiers before joining Ski Safari, I've now skied in North America, Europe and Asia. After my first taste of powder and tree skiing in Japan last winter, I'm looking forward to more off-piste adventures!