Adventurous non-skiers have a whole bunch of things they can do this winter, from workouts at cycling and triathlon camps in Arizona and California to fly-fishing in Patagonia. Here are five such trips, put together by leading tour operators:
China Ice Festival — After exploring the Great Wall or Hong Kong or Beijing on an Adventure Life tour in China this winter, consider adding a few extra days to experience the Harbin Ice Festival – billed as the largest snow and ice festival in the world. The three-day adventure, including a tour of the Siberian Tiger Park, is priced at $1,105 per person, based on two persons traveling together. Airfare to China and back is not included. More info from Adventure Life . http://www.adventure-life.com/china/tours/4491/harbin-ice-festival
Winter Cycling – The Cycling House is offering 18 weeks of bike riding camps in Tucson, Ariz., and Solvang, Calif. The first camp is the week of Dec. 8, 2015, and the last camp begins April 4, 2016. Among several specialty camps are beginner triathlon, long-distance triathlon, mountain biking and women-only. Featured at the five-night camps are 45 to 80 miles of guided riding per day. Prices start at $1,895 per person. More info from The Cycling House.
Siberian Escapade – MIR Corporation’s 8-day tour of Siberia is perfect for the adventurous traveler who’s seen it all. For instance, on UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal you can race teams of sled dogs, ice-fish and sweep across the lake by hovercraft. And on Olkhon Island you can take part in a sunrise shaman ceremony. Prices start at $3,995 per person. More info from MIR Corp.
Antarctic Cruise – How’s about a trip to a frozen continent with the coldest, driest, windiest, and highest elevation on earth? A number of ships ply the Antarctic waters, from Russian icebreakers to luxury expedition ships with strengthened hulls. Depending on your trip length, spend time visiting the Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands and mountainous South Georgia. Small ship cruises operate December through March. The tours begin at $5,995 per person. More info from Adventure Life.
Patagonia Fly Fishing – Here’s another place about as far from the ski slopes as you can get. Look at a map of South America and you’ll spot Patagonia way down at its southern end, shared by Argentina and Chile. Now, find the Middle Lemay River in Patagonia’s northern Neuquén Province, check in at the new Limay River Lodge and get ready for adventures in tail water trout fishing – especially for river rainbows, browns and fall migratory browns – on 10 breathtaking beats you’ll be talking about for years. Prices start at $850 per day. More info from Frontiers International.