The Winter Olympics.  Is it just us or is the winter version a lot more interesting?  Even people who aren't into sport seem to love watching it.  Whether it's the ever-present spectre of spectacular failure or just the fact that everything seems such a world away compared to soggy Britain when covered in crisp white snow or glistening ice, it's hard not to get swept away in the excitement of it!

And, again it could just be us, but some part of you just thinks... "I could do that!"

So can you?  How do you find out?  In Devon of course!


Ski at Exeter Ski Club


Exeter ski club offers courses from beginner level on the nursery slope to those who just want to polish their skills and keep their hand in on the all weather slopes.  Both slopes are flood lit allowing for you to keep up your hobby even when/if the sun shines in Britain!

Snowboard at Plymouth Alpine Lodge


The snowboarding always looks fun, and appeals to those looking for something a little more unusual than skiing.  Littered with tricks and jumps, snowboarding is probably a bit more difficult to master, but thankfully Plymouth's Alpine Lodge offers courses to help you get started on their all-weather slopes.

Toboggan and Snow Tube at Plymouth Alpine Lodge

Thinking that the bobsled, luge and skeleton look like fun?  Well, we aren't going to recommend that you try!  But if you fancy a more genteel version that isn't as likely to kill the inexperienced amateur, why not try tobagganing or snow tubing at Plymouth's Alpine Lodge?  Perfect for those who struggle with balance but enjoy the sheer exhileration of speed.

Ice Skating at Plymouth Pavillions


More of a fan of the graceful ice skaters gliding across the ice with ease?  We can't guarantee that you will look like them, but Plymouth Pavilions ice rink is the perfect place to take to the ice and have a go.  They even hold a regular ice disco, if you remember the days of roller disco this will be a great trip down memory lane!  Or perhaps you could try some ice hockey if you are in the mood for something a bit more competitive?

and if we do see some snow?

This picture was taken on Dartmoor last year, when resident snowboarding enthusiast Ollie Howe performed a stalefish over a farmers fence, near Princetown!


And after all that activity, you should have burned more than enough calories to have a guilt-free Devon cream tea or two!

Image of Cream Tea & Fudge Hamper


What do you think?  Will you be having a go at any of these activities?  Or any we've missed?  Let us know by leaving a comment below, or catching up with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest.

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