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There’s more to winter than cold weather and staying indoors. While some people are happy with sitting by the fire while drinking a mug of hot chocolate, others prefer to go out and be active despite the snow on the ground. Sports are constantly evolving and being invented to use the weather to its advantage, and while skiing and snowboarding are largely well-known, there are other sports out there to spend your time on. If you want to try something new this coming winter, consider getting involved in one of the following winter sports trends.

 

Freeriding

 

Though similar in style to skiing and snowboarding, freeriding is practiced off-piste on natural, ungroomed terrain. After taking a ski lift or climbing with ski touring skis up the mountain, you’ll glide down the mountain’s untouched, deep snow-covered slopes. Freeriding is popular because it offers a unique view of the landscapes surrounding the mountains. Since the slopes are untouched, this can be a relatively dangerous sport to partake in. 

 

If this is something you want to do, you should be accompanied by a professional guide who knows how to assess the weather conditions before and during the ride correctly. Additionally, you’ll need to know a special skiing technique to freeride down the deep snow correctly, so taking lessons will be beneficial.

 

Snowbiking

 

Who would do regular biking when you can snowbike? A snowbike is a combination of a bicycle and a ski and provides a unique experience of going down the ski slopes. They can be used on groomed slopes and powder snow alike and are controlled using short foot skis. The best part is that snowbikes can be ridden without prior experience, so if you’re looking for a new winter sport, this is for you. 

 

Fat biking

 

If snowbikes don’t suit your fancy, there’s another way to bike around on the snowy terrain. Fat bikes are like mountain bikes, but fat bikes have extra thick tires to help you petal across the snow, unlike regular mountain bikes. If this sounds like something that would pique your interest, you can sign up for a tour that’ll take you across firm snow that paths like winter hiking trains give. These tours generally last about two hours, complete with a scheduled break at a mountain hut.