Skiers and snowboarders might sometimes seem like they can’t imagine anyone not wanting to hurtle themselves down mountains, but believe it or not, we know that not everyone feels the way we do. So we’ve decided to make a list of seven things that you absolutely must do in a ski resort, especially if you're a non-skier.
So without further ado, let's divert our attention from the ski runs and have a look at some classic activities away from the slopes.
1. Husky Sledding
Who doesn’t want to do that? It’s the sort of magical activity you can get behind even if you’re scared of heights and you hate the cold. It’s not as fast and terrifying as bobsledding, and you can enjoy the outdoors without the red faced, sweaty effect of strapping a plank or two to your feet and setting off down a hill under your own power.
2. Enjoy the Town
By which I mean eat, drink, shop. Bigger ski towns have a whole array of great bars, restaurants and shops, and if you have the time to explore them, you absolutely should. From finding little hidden gems to strolling through seasonal markets and exploring apres ski bars, ski towns have a lot to offer beyond the slopes.
3. Sleigh Rides
Isn’t this the most traditional way to spend an hour or two? Quite aside from the romance of the whole endeavour, this is a ski resort staple. Cruising through the snow in sub-zero temperatures is enchanting, and in the car free resorts, it’s one of the easiest ways to get around.
4. Visit a Spa
There’s a reason the Alps were primarily known for health retreats for the centuries before skiing took off as a recreational sport in the late 19th century. The most popular resorts benefit from a number of boutique and luxury hotels with fantastic spa facilities available to the public, giving you plenty of options when it comes to relaxing and taking in the clean mountain air.
5. Snow Shoeing
They might look a little like tennis rackets that you strap to your feet, but snow shoes are guaranteed to be a laugh. There’s no real skill required, and there’s no terrifying cable cars or dangerously precipitous drops. It’s a good way to have fun in the snow without tackling the ski runs, and you’ll get to explore the mountain while doing it.
6. Snow Tubing
What can I say about snow tubing? It’s a little bit like a water slide and a little bit like sledging, most resorts have a dedicated track. It’s the sort of silly fun that you tell people you’ve grown out of when you’re about sixteen, but secretly never do. There’s no need to learn a new skill, just hop in and set off.
7. Helicopter Tours
Don’t much fancy being outside? Never fear, there’s still one truly spectacular way that you can experience the Alps; a helicopter tour. They run from most of the big resorts, and they’re a fantastic way to experience the breath-taking mountain scenery from the comfort of a heated cabin.