So you’re going on a holiday trip to a ski resort with your family. The only bad thing is YOU DON”T SKI! What kind of activities can you take part in besides downhill skiing or snowboarding? Well, let me tell you, there are plenty of fun activities that you will LOVE!
Snow Activities for Non-Skiers
There’s just something about getting outdoors in the mountains even if you don’t ski. The weather is exhilarating and especially on sunny days, the outdoors are so welcoming.
One of my very favorite activities is snowshoeing. It’s very easy to do and even if you’ve never done it before, you’ll catch on in no time. You can rent snowshoes and poles, usually at a Nordic Center, and get out on the trails. It’s quiet out there and there’s a really good chance to see wildlife depending on where you are. Click here for information about snowshoeing at Breckenridge.
Another great activity is snowmobiling! So fun! Snowmobile outfitters will rent you the snowmobile and winter gear to keep you warm. You’ll want to have your own snow mittens and liners to keep your hands warm and definitely a warm knitted hat and something to cover your face. You’ll be given instructions on how to operate the snowmobile and then your guide will lead you out to the mountainous terrain for a trip you won’t forget! Click here to learn more about snowmobiling at Steamboat Springs.
Some ski resorts will have snow tubing which is a fun activity often done at night on a lighted course. This will definitely make you feel a kid again as you quickly slide down the slope and then make your way back up to do it all again.
Depending on which resort you’re staying at, there may be dogsledding offered. This is one thing I haven’t done yet but it’s definitely on my bucket list!. Some places give you some training and off you go with the dogs while others let you ride while the guide keeps the dogs in line on the trail. Either way, it sounds like a super fun activity and one that will keep you dreaming of being in the Iditarod! Read here about dogsledding at Monarch.
Outdoor Non-Snow Activities
Somewhere at the resort or in the nearby town, you’ll probably find an outdoor ice skating rink where you can rent skates and glide to your heart’s content. Or if you’re like me, just try to stay on your two feet! Just being on the ice is bracing and you can pretend you’re an Olympian either if you don’t skate like one. Check out ice skating at Keystone Resort.
Many ski resorts are embracing non-skiers and providing scenic sight-seeing by gondola. This means you can take a ride up the mountain in an enclosed gondola so you can see the majesty of the mountains all around you just like skiers get to do. There are often dining experiences offered during the day and even at night. Then you just ride back down in the gondola. I especially love to ride up to dine at night and see all the sparkling lights in the distance. It’s quite romantic if you’re with your honey!
Another activity that usually leads to a dining experience is taking a sleigh ride up the mountain. You know, “dashing through the snow,” right? The jingling bells and the warm blankets all around and on top of you makes you think you’ve taken a step back in time to when things were simple and less stressful. What a blast it is!
Let’s not forget the resort spa! While others are out on the ski slopes, you can treat yourself to a warm, wonderful spa experience. Depending on the resort and the spa, you can sign up for skin treatments and massages. You’ll have a relaxing day and be ready for the nightlife in the evening!
If you’ve never been to a ski resort and mountain town, you don’t know the joys of shopping there. There are so many unique items to buy for gifts or for yourself. You will have so much fun popping in and out of the boutiques all up and down the streets and shopping to your heart’s content!
And finally, there’s nothing better than curling up by the fireside with a hot chocolate or glass of wine to drink while you read that book you’ve been saving. Or maybe you can spend an afternoon knitting by the lodge fireplace or playing a board game.
The Wrap Up
Just because you’re not a skier, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun at a ski resort. Just get up to the mountains and pick your activities. You’ll have a great time both inside and outside doing new activities and some of your favorites.
If you want to read more about winter travel, click on these posts:
- A Magical Christmas in Asheville, NC
- Top 10 Hostess Gifts for Traveling
- Best Five Christmas Markets in the U.S.
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