If you're planning a winter getaway for non-skiers or if you're looking for something new to try this season, then here's our list of the top alternatives to skiing to tick off your bucket list!

Quad biking

Quad biking is exhilarating, but add ice and you're definitely in for an adrenaline hit!

One resort which offers quad biking on ice is Flaine. It has a beautiful 700m track with options for driving a quad bike or SSV, day or night. There’s a really friendly atmosphere at Quad sur Glace and customers are free to warm up in the reception with a hot drink and snack afterwards!


Snowkiting: Being gently glided on your skis or snowboard, pulled by a power-kite. You only need a tiny bit of wind to start sliding, and get the amazing feeling of skiing with the wind!

Snowkiting School in La Rosiere offer sessions and claim that "if you know how to ski or snowboard down a red slope, then you can learn how to snowkite."


Ski joëring

Ski joëring is a great, fun way to discover the beauty of the mountains (without any effort!). The horses are very calm-natured so this activity is one which is suitable for all the family.

Les Arcs is one of the resorts offering ski joëring at Ranch El Colorado.


Ice diving

A chance to mix adrenaline with peace...

Tignes is one of the resorts offering ice diving in the nearby frozen lake. Sessions are run for various abilities by Evolution 2.


Snowshoeing is a great activity to make the most of the mountainside, the scenery and the spectacular views.

It's available in most resorts, but in Val Thorens you can book a day with Escale Zen who combine the activity with yoga!


Sleigh rides

Many resorts offer the chance for a sleigh ride pulled by animals such as Huskies.

In Peisey Vallandry, with Baudet Malin, you can be guided through the heart of the stunning natural Park of la Vanoise by reindeer!


Browse the local goods

Many resorts hold weekly markets which offer the chance to browse local goods and homemade craft items. It's a great opportunity to be immersed in the traditional French culture.