Snow sports you need to try this winter

If the winter wonder landscape calls out to you and you crave that adrenaline rush in the chilly, freezing temperatures, adding some of these fantastic winter sports to your day will be your dream come true. If snowboarding is not your cup of tea, and skiing seems like the way everyone is going, we have compiled this list of the 4 top sports you need to try this winter. Let more blood and exhilaration run through your veins as you try out the road less taken with these exciting sports.

1. Airboarding

Airboarding is essentially a super-charged, adrenaline-fueled version of the sledding you did as a kid. It is the thrilling experience of bodyboarding down snow with the help of a specially designed air-inflated board. All you need to do is hold on to the handles on the board and maneuver the direction by shifting your body weight. Airboarding requires a good amount of athletic prowess and looks vaguely terrifying at first glance. That is because it absolutely is! But exciting is the word we prefer to use. There are elaborate safety gears to ensure that you remain safe and sound during your short trip down the snow-covered mountain. Knee-protectors, and helmets, as in all other winter sports, are a part of the essential equipment.

2. Snow Kayaking

Snow kayaking or snow boating is quickly gaining popularity in the kayaking community. Also known as skyaking, this sport is rather extreme even for the fans of extreme sports. The sport basically involves flying a boat out of a plane over snow and sliding down the incline. The kayak needs to be maneuvered expertly by steering the wing with the hands, and the boat with feet and hips. Performing this feat perfectly requires a unique blend of bravery and skill. The kayak, in fact, tends to run on the snow almost the same as it does on the water. With gravity giving you the necessary momentum, the steeper the gradient, the bigger the thrill.

3. Curling

If you would rather spend your time in an indoor environment away from the dangers that natural snow brings with it, we have this option on the list just for you. When you would rather not put on your adventurer hat and head out into the wilderness, curling can be an excellent winter sport to try out. Curling is professionally played in indoor rinks, and the playing surface is called the sheet. Basically, the game’s objective is to slide a stone as close as possible to the center of a huge bull’s eye marked some distance away. Sounds simple, right? But it really isn’t. The playing rink, or sheet, is covered with tiny water droplets, or pebbles, that cause the granite stone to deviate in direction, or curl

4. Skijoring

Rounding up is list is the wildest dog sport you’ve never heard of. It is essentially skiing while being pulled by an animal. Yes, it’s a real sport! Now the animal could be a horse or a cat depending on the level of adrenaline rush and entertainment you are looking for. The sport has been around for decades and is largely rooted in small communities in the Rocky Mountains. There are numerous places across the U.S. and Europe where you can take skijoring lessons. This just might be a real option for people who do not have working dogs. It is the natural instinct of dogs to pull, and even Shih Tzus can excel at skijoring. Being pulled by a horse is understandably much more thrilling and has a greater need for caution.