5 Cool things to do without Hitting the Slopes

21 Oct, 2015 by Investors In Property
When you talk about ski resorts, it usually brings ski slopes to mind, complete with the garishly clad and wickedly fast powder hunters, uncomfortable beginners and everything in between. It’s easy, therefore, to forget that not everybody in a ski resort is a skier (or a snowboarder).

So with an increasing number of resorts offering more than just expensive hot chocolate and miles of empty piste, why not take a look at our top five cool ways to pass an afternoon in a ski resort – without hitting the slopes?

Taxi Bob – La Plagne

Ever looked at a bobsleigh track, or maybe watched Cool Runnings, and fancied a go? Well you’re in luck. La Plagne is home to the 1982 Olympic bobsleigh run, and intrepid adventurers can ride behind a professional bobsleigh driver down the course itself.

There’s also a self-steering “bob raft” which goes a little slower and costs a little less for those not quite up to the Taxi Bob. Whichever you choose, the bobsleigh run is bound to get your adrenaline rushing and your heart pumping like you’ve just skied a double black diamond.

Mountain Biking – Val Thorens

Ever been in a ski resort during winter and had the sudden urge to go mountain biking? If the answer was yes, the good people in Val Thorens are with you. For three nights a week, the resort offers biking descents on the snow once the lifts close at the end of the ski day. If hurtling down 700 vertical metres of slopes is your bag, this is the ideal way to spend an evening, and whether you ski or not, it’s a great après ski activity.

Bungee Catapult – Tignes

What do a bungee jump and a toboggan run have in common? The Tignes Bungee Catapult. The Bun-J-Ride involves skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing off a 30m long ramp leading to a 40m void, attached on either side to a bungee wire. The Bun-J-Ride combines bungee jumping with ski jumping, for the sort of thrill that you can’t get anywhere else. All you need to do is catch a chairlift up the hill and the jump is right beside the ‘Lac’ slopes.  

The First Flyer – Grindelwald

You might’ve heard of zip wires in the Alps, but the First Flyer is one of the best. It has four harnesses, each shaped like a giant swing and it sits beneath the famous Eiger Mountain. The First Flyer is the perfect place to turn your zip wire fun into a friendly competition for who can get to the bottom fastest for anyone not inclined to brave the slopes.

Ice Diving – Tignes

This is by no means the only place that does Ice Diving for those who enjoy a good underwater adventure more than heading up the mountain and hitting the hill, but it’s one of the most interesting lakes to dive - divers can enjoy the old village of Tignes in the winter months. Full instruction and diving equipment is provided; all you need is to be up for the challenge.
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