The Best Ski Resorts for People Who Don’t Ski
Paul Morrison / Whistler Blackcomb
Those of us who are permanent fixtures on the slopes each winter might only be concerned with one thing when it comes time for a winter vacation—where’s the snow? But we know if travel with family or friends who don’t enjoy skiing or boarding we might be out of luck.
That doesn’t mean you should be booking a flight to the Caribbean just yet. Instead of immediately caving to the typical beach vacation, look into some ski resorts with extra amenities and you may be surprised at just how much there is to do.
The mountain is not just for skiers and boarders anymore. From fat biking to dog sledding, there are more outdoor activities than you could possibly imagine and those more interested in fine dining, bar hopping, spa treatments, live music and epic slope-side celebrations can certainly find their fit among the snowy peaks as well.
Major ski resorts have made a conscious effort to become more than just their slopes and the on-mountain improvements have been mirrored by off-mountain developments. If you haven’t checked these popular ski spots out recently, you should see why they’re great for people who don’t ski too.
The resort that touts itself as the last of the old west offers some pretty rugged adventures—and we’re not just talking about the incredible skiing and boarding that Jackson Hole is known for. Plow through untamed backcountry terrain on a snowmobile; discover Grand Teton National Park on two fat wheels or paraglide from the mountain over Teton Village. Guests looking to unwind will have no problem finding relaxation in the Four Seasons Spa or delicious farm-to-table dishes in one of the nearby world class restaurants.
Many come to Sun Valley seeking powder-packed slopes drenched in sunshine, but this mountain offers far more than just great skiing and snowboarding. Those who enjoy the outdoors without boots and poles can take advantage of lift-serviced snow tubing on Dollar Mountain, ice skating on a scenic outdoor rink or take a tour on a sleigh led by horses. The wintry outdoors isn’t for everyone, though, Sun Valley also has a fantastic spa to keep guests relaxed and a movie theatre that has been transformed from an old opera house.