If you’re a permanent fixture on the mountain each winter, you’re probably only concerned with one thing when it comes time for a winter vacation—where’s the snow? But you know all too well that the destination decision isn’t entirely up to you. If you’re planning to travel with family or friends who don’t enjoy skiing or boarding you might be out of luck.
But that doesn’t mean you should be booking a flight to the Caribbean just yet. Instead of immediately caving to the typical beach vacation, it’s time to look into some ski resorts with extra amenities for the non-skiers—and you may be surprised at just how much there is to do off the mountain.
Ski resorts aren’t just for skiers and riders 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.
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows—California
Host of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, Squaw Valley has long been known as a top-tier mountain and with the merger to Alpine Meadows in 2012, there’s more to love on one lift ticket than ever before, but travelers who would rather not don boots and boards can find plenty to love at these mountains. More than 300 days of sun make Lake Tahoe an incredible vacation spot any time of year and unique views of mountaintops and the alpine lake are tough to beat. Stay in condominium-style suites (complete with a kitchen, fireplace and balcony) at The Village at Squaw Valley and have everything you need within walking distance. From the ski lifts to hot tubs, fire pits, world-class dining and tons of shopping—you won’t have to drive at all and you certainly won’t be bored.
Stowe Mountain Resort—Vermont
Stowe is the east coast beacon where luxury meets the slopes, so it’s no surprise the resort has something everyone can enjoy. Adventurers, foodies and those looking to escape from stress can all find their niche somewhere among Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak, Stowe’s two mountains. From dog sled tours to snowshoeing and then the spa and wellness center, guests at Stowe can build their own dream vacation even if that means avoiding the slopes altogether.