Move over, skiers and snowboarders. Ski vacations aren’t just about the slopes. From rock-climbing, microbreweries, and horse-drawn sleigh rides to swanky plunge pools and high-tech amenities, there are many ski resorts around the world catering to the non-skier. Below, Fodors.com compiles a few top ski destinations for non-skiers.
Jay Peak Resort
For non-skiers, Jay Peak’s indoor waterpark is a perfect option. The landmark attraction includes a 65-foot drop (“La Chute”) — a terrifying plunge where the floor disappears beneath you, sending riders plummeting at a near-free-fall rate before scaling a large, 360-degree turn. The fun gets even cooler at the resort’s new NHL-size ice skating rink. Free skating, pick-up hockey games, and skating lessons are offered.
Omni Mount Washington Resort
Bretton Woods, NH
Skiing is just one of many activities at the stately Omni Mount Washington, one of New England’s most luxurious resorts. The compound includes the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour, a year-round zip-line course with 10 tracks and two sky bridges, offering the most thrilling views of the White Mountains. The resort’s slopeslide climbing wall is 624 square feet and welcomes climbers of all skill levels. And for a romantic journey through the woods, opt for Omni Mount Washington’s sleigh rides, where horses pull a vintage carriage on the wooded mountainside. Insider Tip: Take the hotel’s guided tour, offered daily. The property, which dates back to 1881, has a rich historic legacy that is well presented in this engaging tour.
Madeline Hotel and Residences
If you’re ready for some adventure on ice, Madeline Hotel is buzzing with activity. Start with a dazzling 13-minute ride on the free gondola that connects Telluride and Mountain Village as you take in the best view of the San Juan Mountains from 10,500 feet. Hotel Madeline’s ice skating rink features a nightly show of professional skaters who wow the crowd with jumps and flips. Hop aboard a custom-built 4×4 truck for a unique tour of the terrain as well as the area’s history of silver mining. Telluride’s vivacious art community is present throughout the historic village, where art galleries, exhibits, and street-side statues mark the town’s culture.