This month’s round-up is all about winter sports – and that doesn’t just mean skiing (although skiing is definitely included). There are loads of great ways to get active outdoors during the winter, both at home and on your travels. One of my favourite ever travel experiences is dog-sledding in France – it was truly exhilarating, and the dogs’ enjoyment and enthusiasm was infectious. You can read all about it on my blog Mums do travel: Dog-sledding in Alpe d’Huez.
I’ve really enjoyed reading about all of the active wintry experiences which are featured in these posts. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Hiking in the UK
Laura Hitchcock of Have Kids Can Travel writes about a family week in Yorkshire in February walking, eating, playing and relaxing – it sounds like a wonderful trip, and Laura says: ‘We can’t wait to do it all again next year’. I want to know how she manages to persuade her four kids to go out on so many walks!
Ice hockey in France
The Family Adventure Project team are always up for new experiences. On a winter trip to the French Alps they had an ice hockey taster session, and it sounds like it was quite tough but very enjoyable. Mum Kirstie Pelling loved watching from the edge of the rink and writes: ‘It’s probably the most fun our family have had together in ages’.
Adventures in Lapland
Nisbah Hussein and her family had a brilliant time in Lapland and this post from her blog Five Adventurers highlights some of the many exciting activities which you can do there – even if you’re not on the hunt for Father Christmas. Highlights include reindeer sleigh rides, husky sledding, ice fishing and seeing the Northern Lights.
Penny Alexander writes about the last day of a marvellous family trip to Lapland in this post from Parentshaped. From building a snowman to tobogganing to seeing the Northern Lights, it sounds like a magical and unforgettable experience. (Lapland’s firmly on my wish-list after reading Nisbah’s and Penny’s posts).
Cross country skiing in Norway
Catherine Boardman blogs at Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays, and each February she and her family spend the half-term break cross country skiing in Norway. They always stay at the same hotel, because they like it so much. Catherine’s son Oscar wrote this post about this year’s trip.
Skiing in France and Austria
Sometimes, even though you’ve planned for a ski trip, there isn’t really enough snow to ski very much. Elizabeth, who blogs at Wander Mum, encountered this situation at the start of a family trip to Morzine, but they had a great time anyway, and by the end of the trip the snow had arrived and they had some time on the slopes.
Laura Wood wrote this post for Flying With A Baby. Laura and her family saved money by booking independently and driving from Oxfordshire, England to La Rosiere, France for a week’s skiing. Their self-catering accommodation sounds great, and they enjoyed the trip so much that Laura says they’ll be back next year.
Nell Heshram of The Pigeon Pair and Me spent an enjoyable ski week in Austria with her family at Easter. The Skicircus is one of Austria’s largest ski resorts, and Nell says that it’s known for its laid-back atmosphere.
Winter in Austria
Karen who blogs at Travel Mad Mum writes about her family trip to snowy Zell am See in this post. Besides skiing and snowboarding the town offers outdoor spas, nature trails, tobogganing, horse riding and more.
Top cold weather destinations
Keri Hedrick of Our Globetrotters has produced this great round-up of six top destinations in Europe and North America where you can make the most of the winter weather.
The topic for the December travel round-up is travel hacks, so please do send me links to your posts with advice on how to save time, money or hassle on your travels and how to make things go smoothly. Please send me your links by 22nd November either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter to @grettaschifano. I’ll include a maximum of the first 20 relevant links which I receive. Thank you!