Snowkiting, Switzerland

You've heard of kitesurfing; now try snowkiting – skiing or snowboarding powered by kite. You might not be flying off the mountain after two days of lessons, but you'll be on a high.

• €250 for two nights in a basic hotel in Simplon (it has a sauna, but no TV), excluding flights, 01273 358092,

Winter activities, Romania

You'll need to be fit to keep up on this action-packed holiday. You'll travel 15-25km a day on mountain trails on cross-country skis, climbing the highest peak of the Apuseni Mountains along the way. A horse-drawn sleigh ride will whisk you to the biggest glacier and ice cave in eastern Europe.

• €977 for eight days excluding flights, departing on 3 February, 0808 101 6781,

Wolf tracking, France

Follow the elusive wolf and lynx through the southern Alps under the guidance of an expert tracker. Keep an eye out for chamois, wild boar, mouflon and deer – before the wolves spot them. The expedition starts and finishes in Gap, where you'll be staying in an independent B&B, and includes a night in a mountain refuge.

• From €545 for five nights, excluding flights, 01273 600030,

Yoga and skiing, France

Try a snow salutation before hitting the slopes in Serre Chevalier. The price includes six pre-ski yoga classes and six post-ski sessions.

• €850 for seven nights excluding flights, +49 231 9767 6994,

Heli-skiing, Canada

Not one for those watching their carbon footprint, but if you're planning the ski trip of a lifetime this is a great deal: 14 nights in a slopeside condominium in the purpose-built ski resort of Panorama. The package includes a day's heli-skiing.

• From £1,149pp including flights, departing 19 January (

Glacier hike, Iceland

A visit to a glacier makes a great day trip from Reykjavik. This package to the Solheimajokull glacier on the south coast of Iceland includes a glacier hike and an introduction to ice climbing. You'll be delivered safely back to your boutique apartment, hotel or B&B in central Reykjavik after the activities.

• From £345pp for four nights and three days, excluding flights, 020-7717 1670,

Husky mushing, Sweden

Learn the art of "mushing", or husky driving, on this sled trip through the Jukkasjarvi forests in Swedish Lapland. Embrace the wilderness with a stay in a rustic lodge, then take a trip on a snowmobile to an ice hotel for a more luxurious last night.

• From £1,221 for three nights including direct flights between London Heathrow and Kiruna, last departure 12 March, 01737 214250,


Rachel Dixon

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