The joy of wild winter swimming

One brave swimmer is taking a dip a day throughout December in the rivers of Surrey and Berkshire, and finding ‘the nip of the water and the zing of a swim is quite addictive’

Fatbiking in California: could the cycling trend be as big as snowboarding?

Fatbiking is booming, with more and more ski resorts introducing the sport, including Tahoe Donner in the Sierra Nevada where our writer tries it out

The world’s first permanent ice hotel – in pictures

At Icehotel 365, which opens this week in Swedish Lapland, guests are surrounded by frozen art, can climb an ice staircase to a ‘floating’ bed and sleep at a cool -5C year round

Winter sports holidays without the skiing

For those who love a snowy mountain but aren’t keen on strapping planks to their feet, Sam Haddad picks exciting winter activities, from ice karts to dog sleds