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Off-Piste Adventures for Ski Season


There’s a certain wonder in a fresh veil of snow. It coatsthe world, it covers tracks, it invites you to trailblaze your own path. Marchis a magic month for snow junkies. From the rugged folds of Chamonix to Aspen’schurning Buttermilk Mountain – nothing can compare to sun on your back andpowder in your face.

But for those who have hit all the black slopes in sight,who have spent endless pink sky tinged hours indulging in après ski, and whoare looking for new and exhilarating ways to leave their imprint in the snow,we have a few suggestions that are sure to shake ski season up. From skiddingsupercars on ice to diving out of helicopters strapped to your snowboard – thisis all about tackling the mountain from another wild and wondrous point ofview…

Snow Kiting in Antarctica

HP Lovecraft referred to Antarctica as the mountains ofmadness, but in this version of adventures into the great unknown, we replaceprehistoric horror with enchanting adrenaline-fueled action. Antarctica isalready an adventure in itself -a snow white desert that has claimed many anexplorer, the literal end of the earth. On this polar prized adventure you canswap your skis for the gift of flight. Snowkiting across the wide white landscape of Antarctica with nothing but theempty horizon and soundscape of groaning glaciers is an experience that willcling to your skin.

Even beyond the thrill of kiting across the IndependenceRange, this adventure will gift you survival skills and a taste of Jack Londoninspired wildness that few will have had the chance to uncover. Sleds, skis,and the solar flares of the mysterious aurora – as Lovecraft says – themountains of madness have many little plateau of sanity.

Porches on Ice

The purr of a Porche 911 sounds even sweeter when soaringacross the mirrored surface of an icy lake. For those speed junkies who areseeking new ways to get their kicks, the Porches on Iceexperience is a surefire shot of supercar adrenaline. Set deep in thefrozen mountains of Sweden’s wild interior, an experienced rally driver and aPorche await your arrival. Once behind the wheel, you can careen, skid, glide,and careen across the thick layer of ice – truly putting the power and prowessof the world’s most notorious automobile to the test.

Afterwards, having left smoke and rubber in your wake – whynot continue the adventure with a snowmobile safari beneath a canopy of firtrees and the shadow of soaring mountains. Stay a night or two in a luxurylodge where all that cortisol can be soothed in the steam of a hot tub beneaththe stars.

Rock the Pistes

Who doesn’t want to party on the precipice? Rock the Pistestakes the raucous feel good energy of the après ski lifestyle and amps it up bya thousand decibels. Sitting high in the Alpine mountains that fuse togetherFrance and Switzerland, you can expect a fresh-faced gathering of 28,000 skijunkies, along with world-class DJ’s, no fewer than fifty concerts, and all thegooey fondue you can get your mitts on.

Spending a week carving down the slopes, rocking out toworld class acts, feasting like a maniac on velvety melted cheese dishes, andsleeping in sublime bliss up in the dizzying heights of Portes du Soleil is theultimate way to welcome in the 2019 ski season.

Dog Sledding

Jack London once said, ‘I’d rather sing one wild song andburst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion andbeing afraid of the wet’. This is how one approaches Alaska – ready to embraceuntamed nature. Alaska is as wild as it gets – touching down in the Alyeska BayResort and its all visions of monolithic white mountains, rivers frozen thickwith time, and prairies stretching their fingers to the horizon.

The best way to explore the Alaskan plains is on a sledpulled by your own team of huskies. There is nothing that will connect you withthe local culture like racing beneath the northern lights, straining to hearthe call of the wolf, and letting the dogs lead you into pastures unknown. Thosewho fall hard for the snow-soaked life and dogsledding in Alaska can even take part in the great race of Iditarod.  -  along distance husky race that covers a staggering 1000 miles. At the end of ahard day mushing, there is always the crackle of the fire and a snort of rye tosoften the body, as you can bet the soul is already well and truly warmed. 

Heli Skiing in Kamchatka

Ever heard of a little place called Kamchatka? Thought not,this is one of those adventures that truly takes you off the map. In the 21stcentury it is becoming trickier to find trails far from the tourist traps. Theworld is being uncovered, one country at a time, and for those who have theheart of an explorer – there is always a sense of been there, done that before.Not in Kamchatka. Flung as far east in Russia as you can get, this 1000kmpeninsular sits on the famous ring of fire. Although fire is the last thing youwill see – an endless sea of white snow, mountains so marvelous they seemed tobe carved from the hand of god, and no less than twenty bubbling volcanoes makeup this far flung landscape.

Even seeing Kamchatka is an adventure in itself, but totruly up the ante – why not throw in a set of skis and a helicopter. Heli-skiingin Kamchatka gifts you the chance to touch the slopes where few have skiedbefore. Soar over steamy volcanoes, slide down mountains that rival the alps,and cast your eye to the horizon of Alaska. This is the end of the earth.




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