Posted by Carter | Under the Outdoors
Thursday Jan 9, 2014
Scenic, Playful & Adrenaline-Infused Snowtivities
For those scheming to take an alpine ski trip in the upcoming months, whether with friends, family or flying solo, Kemwel has compiled some suggestions to supplement your snowtivities!
Airborne Adventures | Chamonix | France
Located on the France/Switzerland border, Chamonix is depicted primarily as a ski destination nestled in the snow-capped peaks of the French Alps. What you may not realize is all of the ways you can also experience the majestic beauty of this alpine destination without ever touching a ski pole!
While some people may feel a level of trepidation initially in going airborne, choose the means that makes you feel the most secure knowing the unimpeded views of Chamonix and the French Alps will be well worth it! Take your family aloft in a hot air balloon. Where the footfalls of winter boots and swoosh of skis would resound across the snow-laden landscape, your birds-eye view allows you a level of anonymity to catch a glimpse of woodland and mountainous creatures alike. A Capra Ibex as it pauses in a clearing, a lynx slinking between the trees, or perhaps a royal eagle soaring in the distance.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, have you ever considered a paragliding expedition? Mieusey, just west of Chamonix, is the self-proclaimed creator of the sport. Paragliding lessons are available if you’d prefer to experience the wonder of free-flight alone, or professionals can take you on a tandem flight.
For the most comfort, without losing access to the spectacular views, take a helicopter tour of the area. There are a variety of local companies that offer these exciting services not just during the winter, but all year long! There’s much more to see in Chamonix, so whether you pick up your car rental from Geneva on the French or Swiss side, or confirm your rental car from Chamonix itself, don’t miss out on any of these high-flying activities!
Well Grounded | Bergün | Switzerland
Take a scenic journey that begins and ends in the quaint valley town of Bergün, Switzerland. Grab your toboggans and for a few francs, board the Rhätische Bahn, an alpine train that will transport you through the unspoilt climes of the Albula Alps. Traverse winding tunnels and stone bridges until you reach the summit of the Albula Pass in Preda. Typically closed to vehicular traffic during the winter season, this byway becomes a sledder’s paradise. Warm the cockles of your heart with a steaming beverage from the summit hotel before sallying forth, back into the snow. Feel the exhilarating thrill of the wind whistling past the runners of your sled, as it whooshes down six kilometers of sunlit or floodlit trails, back to the quiet village below. The echoing peals of laughter and surprise will reach the town long before you do.
Another enterprise that continues to rise in popularity in snowscapes worldwide is the art of igloo building. From Bergün, it’s a short drive to Filisur, where a one-day training course on simple igloo construction and an accompanying night stay is available during select winter periods. Whether you’re a family with kids on a whirlwind adventure, or a couple, romanticizing your time in this snug abode, your party will be sure to find the activity fun and invigorating!
Circulation | The Black Forest | Germany
As you drive through the Black Forest, it’s clear why many fairytales from the Brothers Grimm storybooks were inspired by the scenery lying beneath its mysterious woodland canopy. Freiburg, on the southwestern edge of the forest, is one of many cities that offer a pleasant base of operations where you can find accommodations, as well as purchase or rent any sports equipment you may need. A set of snowshoes provides a means of locomotion that will expedite meanderings across the diverse forested terrain.
Nearby Schluchsee Lake is a man-made creation and the largest body of water in the Black Forest. During the winter it freezes over providing the perfect setting for skimming lightly across its icy surface on skates in leisurely circles, or for a lively competition.
In Freudenstadt, long after the holidays are over, horse-drawn sleigh rides are still readily available. A circuitous tour through the idyllic town and its perimeter, by a knowledgeable local, can offer intriguing insight into the history of the town and region! Miles of groomed cross-country trails originate just outside the city limits, or there are designated areas within town where Nordic skiing is permissible.
From packing light and important travel documents, to must-see destinations and cultural events, at Kemwel, we delve into the details of travel to provide relevant recommendations and details to assist you in making your vacation plans.
Make the most of the snow! Check out these family friendly European destinations that are chock-full of outdoor, snow-laden excitement! Contact a Kemwel car rental specialist today to confirm a rental car, a chauffeured driver or specialty vehicle toll-free at 1-877-820-0668.