Warm up this winter by getting the adrenaline pumping in Chamonix Mont Blanc, France.
Huskie-mushing, icefall climbing and diving under the ice and into the eerie depths of Lake Montriond are kilometers away from this picturesque town.
Become the White Witch out of the Chronicles of Narnia by driving a sleigh led by huskies through the Mont Blanc scenery. These dogs do not need Turkish delight to keep them going; Laplanders have been using this mode of transport to get around for generations. Tour operators offer ten minute trials to a day’s adventure through the winter wonderland.
Contact: Cham Adventure
Sound insurmountable? Far from it, tour groups run climbing trips up the side of frozen falls and iced rocks for children over the age of ten. The sport has become so popular that Champagny has a practice wall that looks like the gigantic legs from a Star Wars AT AT.
Equipment, including axes, ropes and protective gear, is included in excursions. The experience is exhilarating for anyone who likes to mix snow and sport to warm up from the cold.
Dive under ice
This sport comes with a health warning: not for the claustrophobic. It is strange that dive operators should say that because Lake Montriond is 1320 meters long. Dry scuba suits help swimmers brave temperatures of between two and three degrees Celsius at depths of up to ten meters under a meter-layer thick sheet of ice. One of the most magical descriptions of the world under water is that pockets of air stick to the frozen lake ceiling like huge bubbles.
Contact: Cameleon Organization
Photo of Mont Blanc, France, originally posted by Alain Wibert