With winter in full swing, there is nothing better than escaping to the mountains to play in some fresh powder. But what about those that don’t love the idea of strapping onto a board and careening down a mountain? Does this mean they can’t enjoy the clear mountain air? Not at all! We recently had a chance to spend some time in Gstaad in Switzerland and let me tell you, there’s really no shortage of things to do without stepping foot on a piste!

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Alpine coaster

This coaster really takes thrill seekers to a new height. With 520° circles, 10 curves, 6 waves and 3 jumps with speeds reaching 40 km/hour, the Alpine Coaster is sure to get your heart racing! Built on Glacier 3000, you will experience weightlessness up to 6 metres above the ground on this high-flying adventure. And this may or may not be a good thing, but you do get to somewhat control your speed with a brake lever.

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Peak Walk

There is only one suspension bridge in the world that connects two mountain peaks. It is called Peak Walk and it’s on Glacier 3000.

The Peak Walk connects the smaller peak (View Point) with the 5 meter higher main peak (Scex Rouge). The 107 metre long bridge offers a stunning views of the Alps: Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau are visible in the distance. The suspension bridge is free of charge and open year-round subject to weather conditions.

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Image via Gstaad.ch
Image via Gstaad.ch

Carriage rides

Carriage ride is a carriage ride is a carriage ride, right? Wrong! Here you can take a moonlit carriage through some of the most magical scenery you’ll ever see. Surrounded by perfect silence, all you’ll hear is the crunch of snow under the horses’ hooves and take in what looks like crystal-covered landscape. Don’t worry, blankets and furs are provided so the -30 degree weather will feel like nothing. And the best part comes at the end of the snow covered trail. The perfect fondue dinner in an authentic Swiss chalet! You’ll truly feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale.

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Image via Gstaad.ch

Hot Air Ballooning

One of the most popular family experiences in the world is available in Gstaad and Saanen. Hot air ballooning in peaceful silence with the incredible views of mountains and valleys has got to be one of the most unforgettable experience. As you drift along with the wind as expert balloonists show you why they have come to love the region. In fact, conditions are so perfect for ballooning that the International Festival of Ballooning is held here every year.

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Image via Gstaad.ch

Dog-sledding

Here is something I don’t have in common with Siberian Huskies….love for exercise. The sheer joy they have in exercise, snow and in life within the pack creates the dynamics for an unforgettable experience of a dog-sled trip.

Take in the incredible winter wonderland in the snowy Alps with your new pals. They’ll take you on a tour around the most stunning scenery. The dogs love moving around in the snow so much that their joy becomes contagious. That’s not to say you’ll want to trade spots with them, but you might want to get off the sled and make a snow angel or two in the perfect powdery snow.

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