Aerial pursuits have long been a top activity in the mountains and skydiving and helicopter sightseeing tours are as much a part of the summer offering in Europe’s top resorts as winter, but as destinations seek to expand their appeal beyond pure snow sports, there are more and more thrilling activities on offer in the mountains.
Grindelwald was the first to set the trend and is a pioneer in off-piste adrenaline. Their adventure park not only features a zipline, but also a new concept glider, where four passengers strap under the metal mache wings of a giant eagle. Unlike traditional ziplines, you take off from the lower station and accelerate to the top at speeds of up to 80 mph, before descending again. And unlike many other places in Europe, both are included free on a lift pass.
Although the same cannot be said for the Eiger Sky Dive, which is undoubtedly a big investment on top of the price of a holiday in Switzerland, it is an unforgettable experience that many people jump at the chance. to try.
The Helicopter Skydive Eiger Jump costs CHF 690 per person and operates daily in summer and winter. The overall experience lasts two to three hours, starting with a safety briefing and includes a 15-minute scenic helicopter flight. The actual jump and descent takes about ten minutes. Several packages are available for video and photos starting at CHF 120. You can also offset your carbon emissions from the flight for an additional CHF 6.40 per person. Visit junfrauregion.swiss for more information on holidays in the region.
Get your adrenaline pumping with these thrilling off-piste activities
By Abigail Butcher
Get in on the action
Les Arcs, France
Launch headfirst on the new Les Arcs attraction, a zipline that reaches speeds of 130 km/h above the Flying Kilometer, the track that hosted the world ski speed record (251.4 km /h established in 2006 by Simone Origone). Fly the 3,500-foot descent from 2,680m to 200m alone, or go with a friend
Cost: €55 (£46) but a “flight” is included in the 6-day Paradiski premium pass
Slip into the history books
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Hear the ‘Speech of Death’ (instructions on technique and what can go wrong), gear up with knee pads, spikes and a helmet before hopping down a toboggan and hurtling down the 4,000 m ice sled feet long in St Moritz, Switzerland to complete the legendary Cresta Run, which opened in 1885 and is recognized as one of the most dangerous rides in the world
Cost: CHF600 (£490) for a beginners course and five rides
Reach new heights
Focus on an introductory ice climbing lesson over frozen waterfalls in the Lech Valley. Even if you regularly climb at home, ice climbing with crampons and ice axes is a whole new daring experience.
Cost: €90 (£75)
In the saddle
La Clusaz, France
Skiing behind a horse on the snow is an experience not to be missed. If you can gallop at full speed, this initiation session (30 min of initiation to horse and sport, 30 min of ski-joering) can be as fast or as calm (walking and trotting) but still as thrilling
Cost: €60 (£50)