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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.

Snowkiting in Whistler, BC Canada
Where to play: If you're a fan of kite-surfing, here's your chance to try it on the snow and ice. In Whistler, participants can snowkite across Lake Green when it's frozen, or take a helicopter (or snowmobile) to the Pemberton Ice Cap. Visit from late December to early March when winds are the best and arrange lessons through Squamish Kite Boarding School. (Bonus: Whistler also has one of the best après-ski dining and nightlife scenes of any ski resort.)
Where to stay: The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is minutes from the village. The heated outdoor pool offers sweeping views of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Sidecut restaurant serves lighter than usual après-ski fare, such as sushi and fennel-dusted scallop-pumpkin ravioli.

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