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5 Winter Sports That You May Not Have Heard Of

Misbah has always wanted to pursue writing as a career. She enjoys writing about various themes and traveling. She is adventurous...

Snow and low temperatures are perfect conditions for extreme winter sports, which take the notion of white madness to a higher level. I enjoy winter sports and, as I am an adventure seeker, I am always looking for new adventures. How about summer sports disciplines adapted to winter conditions? Here is a list of winter sports that you may not have heard of before.

1) Ice Boating

Ice boating can be considered a winter version of sailing. A boat that glides over the surface of the ice. Wow, isn't it? This boat is made out of a flat, narrow wooden hull that is 3.66 meters long, the main skid that functions as a rudder, and two side skids. It is propelled by sail with a maximum area of 6.5 m² set on a 5-meter mast. If you've sailed before, you'll not need more than a dozen minutes to gain a feel for how to maneuver this type of boat.

About Ice Boating

  • Iceboats accelerate to a speed of 150 km/h.
  • Their skids can be changed according to the thickness, hardness, and temperature of the ice.
  • The minimum thickness of ice on which you can slide is 8 cm.
  • Where to go: ideal conditions are created by the Masurian Lake District, especially Lake Sniardwy, Zatoka Luzanska, Lake Niegocin in Gizycko, and Lake Drweckie in Warmia, Lake Mamry and Swiecajty, Bay of Puck and the Vistula Lagoon.

2) Snowkiting: Skiing or Snowboarding

Snowkiting is skiing or snowboarding assisted by an acrobatic kite that provides adequate lift and allows for spectacular aerial acrobatics, especially when it comes to racing on the ski slopes. It is an excellent proposition for skiing lovers who live quite far from the ski resorts. All you need to enjoy skiing is a windy day and a flat or hilly, snow-covered glade or a frozen lake. Snowkiting is a young but dynamically developing winter sport that finds its fans all over the world.

About Snowkiting

  • Snowkiting is an extreme sport, so it is recommended to use pads and a helmet.
  • It's easier to learn than windsurfing because the start takes place from a hard surface.
  • Expect jumps/flights of several dozen meters, lasting up to several dozen seconds.
  • A snow kite can reach speeds exceeding 100 km/h.
  • Equipment:
  • Freeride skis or a snowboard
  • a kite (a cellular kite is best for snowkiting in the mountains)
  • a harness consisting of four lines several meters long)
  • a hook attaching two lines to a special trapeze
  • a control rod (bar) to which the other two cords are attached
  • Where to go: Poland: Nowy Targ, Silesia, Beskidy, Masuria. Abroad: La Rosiere in France, Simplon Pass in Switzerland, Austrian Obertauern (near Salzburg), Lake Resia (Reschen) in South Tyrol, Wasserkuppe in Germany, the Norwegian Hardangervidda plateau, located between the mountain villages of Geilo and Haugastol.

3) Skibob (Trikke Ski) or Skiing by Bike

Skibob combines the advantages of skiing and extreme cycling. The vehicle is similar to a BMX bike without a pedal, with a lowered seat. The wheels of the bicycle replace three skis: the main one, the front one, which supports the handlebars, and two skis attached to the rider's feet, which help maintain balance while riding. If you want to try this sport, check with ski rentals; in larger ski resorts, there should be no problem with renting. Skibobs are produced in Austria or Germany. The purpose of the equipment of the Polish market is quite similar: the Trikke ski.

About Skibob

  • Virtually every slope is suitable for descents; however, the best conditions are created by steep slopes, allowing for quick and dynamic descents,
  • Evolutions and a high speed that can be achieved during the descent are the advantages of skibobbing most often mentioned by lovers of this sport,
  • The average driving speed of the furrow blade is 40-60 km/h. Under the right conditions, the downhill speed can, however, exceed 100 km/h.

4) Fatbiking: Winter Cycling Odyssey

Although fatbiking has recently been promoted as a year-round sport, its origins are associated with the winter season. Bicycle equipment equipped with thick tires for off-road descents and snow-covered, quite difficult routes, is a guarantee of great fun. If you are a pedestrian or bicycle tourist or bikepacker, and you like cross-country running and contact with nature at any time of the year, this sport should appeal to you.

About Fatbiking

  • Fatbike tires are 4 to 5 inches wide, i.e. 10-12.5 cm wide, with rims 80 to 100 mm wide. These parameters allow the tires to use less air pressure, even below 1 bar. The frame construction is also different (wider spacing of the rear forks),
  • Fatbike tires do not collapse so much in the snow as normal tires and provide better grip. Riding is possible on rather packed snow, i.e. the one found on hiking trails or trails chosen by ski runners,
  • You can rent bikes of this type in the vicinity of mountain resorts, e.g. Karłów near Szczeliniec in the Kłodzko Valley or in the vicinity of Krakow (along with the option of organizing the entire route and the care of an instructor).

5) Skijoring (Captive Skiers)

A sport from Norway, it combines two sports disciplines: driving and skiing. Skijoring is a race of skiers pulled by animals - usually horses or dogs or a motor vehicle. Skijoring can also be practiced recreationally. If you have a medium-sized dog (weighing more than 20 kg) that needs a lot of exercise and likes to run a lot, you can train him to run in a harness. All you need is a rope with a length of at least 2.5 meters with a shock absorber, a special hip belt to which the rope is attached, and a specialized harness for the dog. Plus skis, boots, and poles, of course. All types of skis are suitable for this type of recreation, although cross-country skis will be the best. However, the ones with metal edges fall off, as they can cut the dog.

About Skijoriing

  • Anyone who has basic skating skills can try skijoring; however, it is very important to prepare yourself and your dog in good condition,
  • In skijoring with a dog, look for breeds such as greysters and eurodogs (breeds consisting of a mixture of pointers, greyhounds, pointers), Siberian huskies, and Alaskan malamutes, and Samoyeds. Labradors and pointers also do well.
  • Races involving dogs take place in several categories: sprint, long-distance race and forest race, from 10 to 30 km,
  • Skijoring is the most popular in the Scandinavian countries (Norway and Sweden). The Czechs have excellent infrastructure for cross-country skiing, which is why skijoring is very popular among our southern neighbors.
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Last Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed learning about these winter sports and remember to consider them the next time you want to participate in a winter sport. Enjoy and live life to the fullest.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Misbah Sheikh


Misbah Sheikh (author) on September 02, 2021:

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment, Vidya. Glad you found it interesting. Take care and stay safe!

Blessings and Love to you, dear friend

VIDYA D SAGAR on September 02, 2021:

Interesting to read about these winter sports Misbah. Good for the adventurous ones. Thanks for sharing.

Misbah Sheikh (author) on September 01, 2021:

Yes, bro. Snow and adventure are two things I've always loved. I also enjoy going to adventure parks. Glad you liked it.

Blessings to you!!

manatita44 from london on September 01, 2021:

You seem to like the snow, dogs and adventure. I know very little about this side of life. Salaam!

Misbah Sheikh (author) on August 28, 2021:

Have you ever heard of these winter sports?

Misbah Sheikh (author) on February 22, 2021:

Thank you so much Devika

I am glad you find it interesting.

You are most welcome to share your views and thoughts

I am glad to see you here


Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 22, 2021:

Interesting ad unique sports I have not heard of such sports, but your well-researched hub tells me a lot about it. Sports that are adventurous and uplifting.

Misbah Sheikh (author) on February 21, 2021:

Thank you so much, Peggy, for your appreciation

I am glad to see you here


Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 21, 2021:

Iceboating is the only one that I heard of before reading this. Thanks for informing me and others about these winter sports.

Misbah Sheikh (author) on February 21, 2021:

Thanks a lot, Linda for appreciation

Yes, one of them is scary to me as well and that is Skijoring. I am afraid to do it as usually the skiers are pulled by animals like dogs and horses but if it is done by a motor vehicle, then I am comfortable with it.

Thank you for reading and commenting

Glad to see you here


Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 21, 2021:

This is a very interesting and informative article. The only sport in your list that I’ve heard of before is fat biking. Some of the others sound scary to me, but I enjoyed reading about them.

Misbah Sheikh (author) on February 21, 2021:

Thanks a lot, Liz for appreciating

Glad to see you here in the comments


Liz Westwood from UK on February 21, 2021:

This is an interesting and well-illustrated article. I have learnt a lot about winter sports from reading this. Most of these are new to me.

Misbah Sheikh (author) on February 20, 2021:

Thanks, Kartik

Glad to see you on the comments

Misbah Sheikh (author) on February 20, 2021:

Welcome Nella DiCarlo

Yes winter sports are super adventure

I love them

Thanks for appreciating and reading

Kartikey4115 on February 20, 2021:


Nella DiCarlo from Guelph, Ontario on February 20, 2021:

Interesting article, winter sports that pack quite an adventure.

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