7 Alternatives to the Classic Ski Trip

From ice climbing in France to fat biking in Aspen, explore the picturesque destinations playing host to some thrilling winter sports.

Ice Climbing in Chamonix, France
Where to play: Chamonix is famous for its ice climbing, and offers more than 200 routes on which to do it. All the necessary equipment can be rented or purchased in Chamonix village, and climbing with an experienced mountain guide is recommended. New to the sport? Start at La Crémerie, in the Argentière area, where some of the routes are a gentle 45 degree slope.
Where to stay: The Hôtel Mont-Blanc looks more like an elegant Parisian townhouse than a traditional ski lodge. The sleek indoor pool has floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the mountain views.

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