Little compares with the rush of downhill skiing, but for travelers seeking something different this season, tour providers offer plenty of other ways to experience the winter scenery.
A four-day Yukon dog-sledding holiday up north in Canada is available through mid-April and includes transfers from Whitehorse, accommodations, all meals, mushing instructions, use of sleds and winter boots (from $1,037).
The resort of Jackson Hole in Wyoming, which had its deepest snow on record last winter, offers access to a wealth of outdoor winter pursuits well beyond nordic and alpine skiing. At Snake River Sporting Club, an approximately 800-acre working ranch located 25 miles south of downtown Jackson, a three-day Discovery Package includes activities such as snow biking, ice skating and tubing. Accommodations are for two people in either a tiny homestyle Discovery Village unit (from $600) or a sporting cabin (from $750) set just beyond old-growth forest.
Farther afield, an eight-day Winter Tatra adventure with Intrepid Travel features snowshoeing in Poland’s Tatra Mountains, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that extends into neighboring Slovakia. A kulig, or traditional sleigh ride, with stops along the way for grilled sausages, is also included, along with Polish cooking lessons in Krakow, accommodations and some meals. All departures this year are 15 percent off if you book in January (from $1,054).
Prefer something over the top? An alpine couples package at the Alpina Gstaad in the Swiss resort town includes a private helicopter ride to Refuge L’Espace, a small restaurant perched in the Alps with panoramic views of snowcapped Glacier 3000. The two-night package for two, available through March 17, also offers junior suite accommodations, a horse-drawn carriage or husky-drawn sleigh ride around the nearby village of Launen, a couples hammam (or Turkish bath) treatment in the on-site spa, exclusive use of the hotel’s private cinema for an evening, and a five-course tasting menu at Sommet, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant (from about $5,300).