The Wildest Winter Activities

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15. Ski bungee jumping
> Where it originated: France
> Equipment needed: Skis, bungee cord

If bungee jumping isn’t enough of an adrenaline rush for you, you can always try ski bungee jumping. Riders can take their skis, snowboard, or even a sled down a 98-foot ramp before plunging over the edge of a mountain as a bungee cord stops the fall. It appears that the Tignes ski resort in France is the only place to go ski bungee jumping.

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14. Crashed Ice/Ice cross downhill
> Where it originated: Sweden
> Equipment needed: Skates, pads, helmet

Ice cross downhill, or Crashed Ice, is one of the newer and more dangerous winter sports. Skaters go as fast as they can down hills, over jumps, and around tight turns. With speeds surpassing 40 mph, the sport earns the name crashed ice as competitors struggle to make it through the entire race upright.

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13. Yukigassen
> Where it originated: Japan
> Equipment needed: Team flag, helmet, gloves, snowball maker

Yukigassen takes the childhood snowball fight and turns it into a full-on battle. Teams try to eliminate other players by pelting them with snowballs or capturing the opposing team’s flag by the end of a three-minute set. Players even get to use a special snowball maker to speed up the process of gathering and packing snow.

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12. Ski ballet
> Where it originated: New Hampshire
> Equipment needed: Skis

Ski ballet, as you might expect, combines elements of ballet and other dances with skiing to create a unique sport. The sport developed a fairly large following in the 1970s and held several competitions. However, it was poorly received as a demonstration sport in the 1988 Olympics, and its popularity quickly waned afterwards.

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11. Skijoring
> Where it originated: Scandinavia
> Equipment needed: Skis, horses or dogs

If you love the thought of flying by the countryside on skis, but don’t want to do any of the work yourself, skijoring may be for you. Skijoring is a competition where dogs or horses pull skiers along the snow as quickly as they can. Some variations of skijoring have popped up over the years where participants added jumps or tricks to their run.