The US state of Colorado is famous for its great ski resorts for skiers and snowboarders alike, and for good reason, but gap year travellers should get away from the slopes every now and then, as there are many more winter sports on offer.
For the past 35 years, Our Gang Ice Racing has been holding Jeep ice races in January and February, as Georgetown Lake becomes frozen over and is transformed into a 4WD race track.
Beginners can compete with just a full-driving licence and access to a four-wheel drive car. For more information, visit: www.ourgangiceracing.com
Alternatively, head to Ouray, the Switzerland of America, which is transformed into the ice climbing capital of the world each winter. The season officially begins each January with the Ouray Ice Festival attracting the best ice climbers in the world. For more information, visit: www.ourayicepark.co
One of the most extreme winter sports in Colorado is ice sailing, a sport that involves harnessing wind power via a sail to propel a bladed, one person sled across a frozen lake.
Areas for ice sailing can be found across the state from December to February. For more information and resources on how to experience ice sailing in Colorado, visit: www.windisfun.com