Leave the skis at home and try anything from dog-sledding to ice-climbing with one of these 5 winter adventure holidays
1. Dog Sled in Quebec: Drive a pack of Mahikan sled dogs across the Canadian wilderness, over frozen lakes and rivers. Seven nights from £1730 per person. Go to www.windowsonthewild.com. 2. Ski with cowboys: Yee-ha through the aspens with the wild-west cowboys of Colorado - on some of the fluffiest "champagne powder" in the world. As well as skiing, they'll take you snowmobiling and horseback riding on the deer and elk trails of the local ranch. From £1700 inc flights, 020 7801 1080 www.alpineanswers.co.uk. 3. Extreme ice climbing: Mont Blanc is the backdrop for two days summiting ice waterfalls, scaling vertical cliff faces and traversing deep crevasses. From £1,475 per person. Black Tomato, 0207 426 9888, www.blacktomato.co.uk.
4. Catch and herd reindeer: Learn how to catch and herd reindeer with a lasso and try your reindeer driving skills on a two hour-safari through the dense Lapland forest. £2,139 per person, Gap Adventures, 08444 10 10 90, www.gadventures.co.uk. 5. Build a snow house in Scotland: Build your own igloo before spending the night in the Scottish highlands under the guidance of hunky mountain leader Chris Wilson. Three nights from £340 per person. Pride of Britain, 0800-089 3929, www.prideofbritainhotels.com.
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