Blog post by Sophie Nicholson

Beyond The Ski Resort – Experience Winter Away From The Pistes

This just in! There’s so much more to winter than going up and down the slopes of a ski resort. Beyond the pistes lies a whole new world of fully immersive, frost-laden, life-affirming activities that are guaranteed to knock your icicles right off.

Here at S&B, we’re big believers in the ‘whole’ experience. If you really want to experience winter then you need to go beyond the confines of the resort and take a different path into a winter wonderland.

These five fully immersive winter adventures should get your toes tingling….

Cross Country Skiing in the Dolomites

The Italian Dolomites are truly majestic and the ability to experience these extraordinary mountains close up and under your own power is a true privilege. Away from the whirr of the ski lifts and the queues in resort, you can breathe in the enormity of your surroundings, raise your heart rate to a level you’re comfortable with and go on a real winter adventure in this truly remarkable place. And when you’re done for the day, you can soothe those muscles with a well-earned glass of Prosecco in a luxury spa.

Summit To Sea Ski Touring in the Arctic

Earn your turns before skiing right back down to the beach under the Arctic midnight sun. If this sounds like your idea of heaven then it’s time to head north this winter for a human powered adventure in one of the last great wildernesses on the planet. Whether you opt for a lodge based touring adventure in Iceland or a truly unique boat-based trip in Norway’s undiscovered Suunmore Alps, you’re in for a genuinely life punctuating experience.

Wilderness Snow Shoeing in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole may be an iconic ski destination but what makes it so special is the backdrop – the jaw droppingly beautiful Teton mountains. Take a step away from the pistes and journey through this incredible wilderness by foot, taking in all the snowy splendour of the Grand Teton National Park. Follow animal tracks, spot elk, moose, coyote, and eagles in their natural habitat and learn about the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem on an extraordinary winter backcountry adventure.

An Overnight Canadian Dog Sledding Adventure

Pic : Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours

Indulge your inner musher on an incredible overnight dog sled adventure in the Canadian wilderness. Unplug, escape and reconnect with the natural world as you bond with your pack of huskies and weave your way together through pristine forests and over frozen lakes. Learn how to care for your dogs, dine on exceptional cuisine, cosy up at the fireside with a glass of wine and sleep in expedition-style fur lined tents. A howling good winter adventure.

See The Northern Lights In Style In Finnish Lapland

If you’ve ever wanted to see the Northern Lights, then you simply have to do it like this. On our ultimate Northern Lights itinerary, you’ll sleep underneath the aurora in a glass-roofed cabin high inside the Arctic circle in Finnish Lapland. Spend your days exploring this remote and beautiful place on snowshoes, snowmobiles, or husky dog sled before falling asleep watching one of the seven wonders of the natural world. It’s once in a lifetime stuff.


If you’re keen to experience something a little bit different this winter then get in touch.

We’ll work with you to craft your ultimate adventure.

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