Discover Germany, Issue 82, January 2020

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Try something new in 2020 Brand-new year, brand-new me: New Year’s resolutions often involve some form of exercise, so why not kickstart 2020 trying out a new sport? With so many great snowy places across the DACH-region, there are plenty of winter sports you may have never heard of. Can we tempt you with any of the following? TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE  I  PHOTOS: PIXABAY

Snowy mountains as far as the eye can see: from Switzerland to Germany and Austria, the DACH region is a paradise for lovers of winter sports. Skiing, snowboarding and ice skating are probably the most popular activities, but they are by no means the only ones. Each year, new ways of getting active in the snow emerge, and 2020 is no exception. Inspired by water sports Have you ever considered going snowkiting? For the speed junkies amongst us, this 50  |  Issue 82  |  January 2020

will be a popular choice. Similar to kitesurfing, where the kite pulls you across the water surface, you are on a board and attached to a kite pulling you across the snow. If you are sceptical, don’t worry, it’s much easier to learn than kitesurfing, as the solid ground gives you a better balance. There is also ice surfing, a great alternative for surfers during the cold season. Special surfboards with skids allow the surfer to conquer frozen lakes and rivers effortlessly – with only the help of a little breeze. An-

other winter option for water sports enthusiasts is ice sailing. With a little practice, you can gain some really high speeds on the ice. If you miss your jet ski, just book a snowmobile tour. It’s essentially the same concept and allows you to access untouched nature and get close to glaciers – all whilst enjoying the little machine’s high speeds. The faster, the better A much faster way to get an adrenaline kick in the snow is by giving bobsledding a try. There are quite a few bobsleigh runs available across the DACH region and more seem to pop up each year. Think a rollercoaster with snow. To take it even further, you could also do it whilst sitting in a wok. Ever since Stefan