Lonely Planet. 150 Thrilling Winter Tales and Experiences

Emma 26.03.2024

The older I get the more I believe in creating a bucket list of incredible activities to tick off.

When we are young, life stretches ahead of us, time appears endless and opportunities are a ‘dime a dozen’. Then time seems to speed up, responsibilities set in and if we want to create a life we’re stoked to live looking back on, we have to get organised!

The team at Lonely Planet have done it again with a book of 150 of the most thrilling winter adventures. If you want ‘organised’, this is it, as each adventure is rated easy, harder and epic and divided into geographic regions. 

There is every winter adventure you can think of, from fat bike tours, dog- sledding in Europe, or Arctic Polar Bear safaris in Churchill Canada.  The countries and experiences are diverse and have a range of prices from cheaper things to do, such as ski touring or come with a jet-setting price tag or need special guides, locations and hefty preparations.. 

For skiers and snowboarders some of the world’s biggest bucket list snow resorts are there such as Whistler, Canada which combines an incredible town for shopping, promenading, dining and apres ski.  Wow Factor French resorts in the French Alps, Val d’Isere or Chamonix and heli-skiing the steep skier’ paradise of Valdez, Alaska, Closer to Australia there are accessible options to add to your list, such as skin at New Zealand’s Treble Cone and Mt Hutt or NSW’s Perisher and a backcountry hike up on the Main Range out of NSW’s Guthega. 

The enormous list of non-ski winter activities is something that passionate skiers may not think to try. I’m a self-confessed ski-snob myself, never ‘wasting a ski day’ doing anything BUT. However, over the past two years I’ve had the chance to do ski touring in NSW with a keen ski touring friend, allowing us the opportunity to marvel at the ‘same old resorts’ but from a different angle of the mountain, giving us fresh eyes and appreciation. To add to this, my first experience snowshoeing through snowy forests of Japan was beyond my expectations so I’m more open-minded now to the non-ski winter life.   

This is the perfect gift for friends and family of all ages and I can’t wait to hear everyone’s adventures. For myself I will add skiing in Portillo Chile and ice climbing in Colorado, that looks rad.  To purchase a copy, Epic Snow Adventures of The World by lonely Planet, $44.99 is available at your favourite bookstores or contact www.shop.lonelyplanet.com

Here’s to embarking on unforgettable winter adventures and creating lifelong memories!