A winter holiday during a gap year is a great opportunity to experience some new sports. Why not try out skiing or snowboarding in Europe or North America? With so many ski deals to pick from, you're sure to find a gap year break to remember.
From world-famous ski resorts to expansive mountain trails, Europe is the perfect destination for those keen to incorporate exciting sports into their gap year. Regardless of what outdoor pursuits you enjoy or when you intend to travel to the continent, you can try a fantastic range of activities.
Ski Utah is searching for the newest addition to their Ski Utah Blog Team – the Park Rat. As part of the blog team, the Park Rat will be awarded a Ski Utah Silver Pass, worth $2,500, enabling them to jib, jump and ride 30 days at all 14 Utah ski and snowboard resorts.
Seasoned skiers are invited to Fernie to battle it out and prove themselves as the king of the moguls this March, as the Canadian ski resort is hosting the Monster Energy Big Bump Bash event, with live music, barbecue and guest appearances.
The beginning of March doesn't mean the end of the ski season at Vail Resorts, as there is a wide range of activities, events and festivals taking place all month, across all six resorts in this American chain.
If you're looking for a bit of light-hearted fun in the snow this spring, then Sierra-at-Tahoe's new Blizzard Mountain area is just the ticket. From snowtubing to snowshoeing, there's plenty of offer at this Californian resort to make for a fun day off from skiing.
If you're feeling down that your Whistler ski season is coming to an end, then why not treat yourself to a farewell spa break? This spring, Scandinave Spa is offering a range of activity and relaxation packages to cap off your Canadian ski adventure.
Ski lovers looking to branch out during the last few weeks of the snow season can find some of the world's best slope-side nightlife in North America, as cheapflights.co.uk has named six resorts from this region in its top ten après-ski list.
Skiers and Snowboarders in California are urged to head to Sierra-at-Tahoe this February, as the American ski resort has just had 15 inches of overnight snow, turning the slopes into a powder-lover's paradise.
February is traditionally one of the best months of the year for ski and snowboarding conditions and the Vail Resorts chain is not disappointing this year, with Breckenridge breaking an 18-year record for snowfall.
The small town of Moab in Utah is best known for its mountain biking, but this hidden gem in America's southwest has much more to offer active travellers, from skiing to white-water rafting and from skate parks to golf courses.
Funk veteran Karl Denson has been confirmed as one of the first acts to play the Bud Light Hi-Fi Series at Aspen Snowmass in Colorado. Following on from his latest album, Brother's Keeper, Karl will be brining his rock, funk and afrobeat stylings to this slope-side concert series on February 20.
If you're thinking of heading up into the Rockies as part of your American tour, then there's no time like the present, as several Colorado ski resorts have just reported heavy snowfall, with as much as two feet falling in 24 hours.
Gap year travellers exploring the wintery wilderness of Canada's Yukon Territory this winter are advised not to miss out on The Fulda Extreme Arctic Winter Adventure, a five-day festival of the best winter sports Canada has to offer.
Ever feeling like you're missing out on the best that up-state New York has to offer, just because you can't ski? Well it's never too late to learn, and this January, newbie skiers and snowboarders can get 20 per cent off all lessons.
Californian ski resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe has managed its earliest ever superpipe opening, thanks to a recent flurry of snow. Trick-mad skiers and snowboarders can now enjoy this enormous half pipe, as well as six other snow parks at the resort.
If you're planning a North American tour for 2011, it's not too late to get a slice of the ski season action, as Resorts of the Canadian Rockies is offering a beginner's package to give you a taste of skiing or snowboarding.
Festive visitors to the New York state ski resort of Gore Mountain will be able to enjoy twice as many pistes served by 12 lifts next week, as well as a Burton Snowboards demo opportunity for keen riders.
Avid adventurers and casual skiers alike can find something to suit them in the Canadian province of Quebec, where there are 2,500 miles of cross-country skiing trails to explore, as well as the Grande Traversée de la Gaspésie endurance event.
Next spring will see the launch of a new winter sports and musical festival, across three major US ski resorts. Okemo in Vermont will be the first host of FestEVOL on Marsh 19, which will also feature at Crested Butte in Colorado and Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire.
The Vermont ski resort of Okemo is kicking off its holiday schedule on Thursday, to give gap year travellers a healthy dose of Christmas spirit. Whether you're spending the season on the East Coast or just passing through, there's plenty on offer to get you feeling festive.
If you're spending your first Christmas away from home during your ski season, then why not mark the occasion with some alternative snow sports at Hunter Mountain resort in upstate New York.
Visitors to the Canadian ski resort of Fernie this year will be able to win a $5,000 (£3,200) prize by finding the eight locations across the resort where the Griz will be hiding, and taking a photo of themselves with him.
When choosing winter sports insurance for your ski season, getting the cheapest deal is not always the best idea. New research from Defaqto shows that the level of cover can vary greatly from one deal to the next.
Taking your own skis with you on your ski season, but still want to arrive in style? Then try the new Live Luggage Sports bag, which has enough space to store all your kit, but is light enough to be pulled along smoothly with just one hand.