Travel: Winter sports

travelThis 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

But what do you DO in February in the Yorkshire Dales?

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

Family on Ice: Trying to Learn Ice Hockey as a Family

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

8 activities which you will love in Lapland (which have nothing to do with Father Christmas)

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.

Santa’s Lapland: Snowy fun in Saarisellka and 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

Cross country skiing at Venabu by Oscar

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

Family ski trip to Morzine – in photos

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.

Family Ski Holiday: On The Piste With A Family – La Rosiere – France

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.

What to expect from the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, Austria

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

A winter trip to Austria with kids

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

Making the most of the wintry weather with destinations that were made for it!

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. 

Next month

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 [email protected] or via twitter to @grettaschifano. I’ll include a maximum of the first 20 relevant links which I receive. Thank you!

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About Gretta Schifano

Gretta Schifano is an award-winning blogger, journalist and social media manager. Gretta writes about luxury, cultural and active family travel with teens, and trips when parents escape without their kids. Winner of the 2016 Women in Marketing Award for Best Social Media Campaign and the 2014 BritMums BiB Award for Best Travel Blog, she lives with her husband and teenage kids in the Surrey countryside, near to London. Gretta previously worked as a BBC radio producer, has lived and worked in Italy and Spain and loves exploring new places, chocolate and kindness.