One of the best things about winter is the variety of fun outdoor sporting activities it provides. If skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating fail to get your adrenaline flowing, perhaps it’s time to try something more adventurous. Need a New Year’s resolution that will get your adrenaline pumping? Push yourself to the limit by taking up one of these extreme winter sports!
1. Ice Surfing
Perfect for those with a need for speed, this sport is a mix of windsurfing and ice boating. While exciting, surfing on water doesn’t compare to ice surfing; this sport has the potential for you to move at speeds of up to 70 mph. Be careful when ice surfing – thin ice can lead to brutal injuries.
2. Ice Climbing
This rugged winter sport challenges participants to climb to heights of 100 feet or more. Not many sports offer the opportunity to use an axe as a means of survival either. Before doing it on your own, practice on a rock wall and try several climbs with a skilled guide. Sound intriguing? RockAndIce.com has information on how to book a guided trip.
Want to experience the thrill of sledding down an icy track at speeds as high as 90 mph? The best part is you don’t need to train for it because a professional bobsled driver can take guide you on your wild ride! A venue like Whiteface in Lake Placid is a great place to reserve a spot.
4. Ice Diving
This winter sport is about as extreme as it gets. With only one point of entry in and out, diving below the ice is more dangerous than any of the sports mentioned above. It’s unlike any experience you’ll have. Ice diving takes you to a world with crystal-clear waters and unusual marine life. Because of the risks involved with ice diving, requirements go beyond a regular diving certification. Find a course here, and then head to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies to put your skills to the test.