Off Piste: Non-Skiing Activities in our Resorts

From ice-skating to ice-diving, there’s a vast choice of things to do in our resorts when you’re not out enjoying the slopes.

Whether you come on a Mark Warner ski holiday as a single, a couple, a family, or with friends or grandparents, our snow-sure resorts in the Alps have a wealth of things to do when you’ve finished on the pistes for the day or if you’re a non-skier.

The following are only a taster of what’s on offer – in most resorts you can also enjoy ice-skating, husky-sledding, snowshoeing, swimming (indoors or outdoors, or both) and more, and there are often bowling alleys and cinemas too.

• Piste-bashing in Les Deux Alpes
The fun doesn’t stop when the lifts in this popular resort – hop aboard a snow-groomer and travel from 2600m right up to the top of the glacier for sunset views accompanied by cake and champagne.

• Olympic Bobsleighing in La Plagne
This family-friendly resort is home to France’s only bobsleigh track, with 19 bends and 1.5km of thrills. Age limitations and speed vary by craft – the bob raft, speed luge, and bob racer reach speeds of 80, 90 and 120km/h respectively. For the ultimate thrill and kudos, try the 130km/h Olympic Experience in a bobsleigh piloted by Olympic medal winner and world champion Bruno Mingeon – then share a drink with him as he presents your certificate and video souvenir.

• Ice-karting in Val d’Isère
Wintry thrills at this much-loved resort include pitting your driving skills against friends or family at the ice-driving circuit at La Daille.

• Hot-air Ballooning in Méribel
Mix the serenity of floating above the snow-clad mountains with the excitement of travelling hundreds of metres above the ground, spotting deer and other wildlife en route.

• Ice-diving in Tignes
Enjoy this unique experience taking you beneath the frozen surface of the Lac du Tignes by day or night, in the hand of specialists who train diving teams for polar expeditions. Choose from day or night-time dives.

• Ice Curling in St Anton
The Austrian resort’s glittering rink is the place to ice-skate but also to compete in this sport with origins in medieval Scotland.

• Night Tobogganing in Zell am See
Every Tuesday evening from late December to mid March, the Rodelbus (‘toboggan bus’) takes visitors up to the Jausenstation Guggenbichl mountain hut/restaurant, from where they can launch themselves on a gasp-inducing two-kilometre illuminated toboggan descent.

• Ice-fall Climbing in Courmayeur
The exhilarating sport of ascending ice cascades using ice-axes and crampons is a must-try in our Aosta Valley resort. Choose from a two-day discovery course, advanced training or a weekend-long challenge.

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