To ski or not to ski? Both ways are pretty fun!
So, it’s winter and you have a trip to a mountain ski resort planned and on the calendar. YAY for you, luckyyy! But wait… did you just realize that you might be afraid of heights? Did you consider that you have no clue how to ski? Did you remember that you HATE being around snow and cold weather?? If this sounds like you, it’s okay, I’ve been there plenty of times. I’ve probably had all of these thoughts at one point or another- well except the snow one because I LOVE snow so much!
There are many reasons one may not be into skiing. The good news is that if you don’t like to ski or aren’t able to or just plain don’t want to; yet, you have somehow found yourself on the path to a winter vacation at a ski resort, I’VE GOT YOU COVERED!
In my experience
I have been to many a ski resort. And, contrary to this post I’m writing, I have finally learned to ski and am slowly enjoying it and improving with time… 🙂 Before this revelation, however, there was one time I quit skiing after the first day because I was terrible at it, my feet hurt, and I was fearful of heights. There were also several times I visited a ski resort as a very, very pregnant lady and physically was not able to ski. I have also stayed in a resort town with a friend who didn’t like to ski, so we sought other options. (PS- My non-skiing girls weekend in Breckenridge experience was a blast! See the snapshots here.)
Needless to say, I have explored many alternative options to skiing and have found plenty! I’m going to share them with you in hopes that your ski resort vacation turns out to be super fun, despite the fact that you aren’t skiing. Let’s go! This post contains affiliate links to products I use and love.
Short list of reasons to not ski
There are many reasons that a person may not be into skiing. Here are just a few possibilities to start..
-Fear of heights
-Injuries or physical ability
-You don’t have the proper equipment
Can you relate? Do you fall into one of these categories? It’s okay, really it is. You can still have fun, I promise!
Keep in mind your own circumstances. You still may not be able to do one or some of the activities that I’ve listed below. For example, dog sledding wasn’t an option when we visited the mountains in mid-December because there was not enough snow.
Another example is when I was pregnant, I wasn’t able to ski, sit in a hot tub, go tubing, sledding, stand on my feet for a long time, or really even enjoy a large hot coffee. But there still were other options, and I had fun despite all that. :))
15 winter activities for non skiers at a ski resort
1. SHOP– In my book, this is fun no matter where you are or what condition you’re in. Amiright? Most ski resorts come with a lovely town, a quaint main street, and fun, touristy shops. Take an afternoon to explore the shops!
2. EAT & DRINK– Resort towns have some of the best dining options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and pastries or snacks in between.
3. HOT CHOCOLATE & HOT TODDIES– Confession time. One of my favorite things to do is drink a hot drink up at the ski lodge and watch all of those unfortunate souls fall down the slopes! Haha SAVAGE. I mean, come on, it’s just too fun! Watching all of the skiers is seriously a great way to pass the time. And of course hot chocolate by the fireplace is practically a prerequisite for enjoying a trip to the mountains in winter!
4. RELAX & READ– I don’t know about you, but as a busy momma of two toddlers, I’m not even sure what books are anymore? Try to steal some time for yourself on vacay and open up a new book. Here is my current recommendation. Relax by the fire, or take up photography (my first love). Winter in the mountains is my absolute favorite subject to photograph. It’s simply beautiful!
5. HOT TUBBIN– Practically every mountain lodging accommodation includes a hot tub or several. This is heaven when you’re in frigid temps all day!
6. ART GALLERIES– A fun alternative to shopping. Many of the resort town art galleries host pieces from some of the absolute best artists in the world.
7. MASSAGES– If you’re not skiing, this is one of the best ways to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet.
8. SALON– I mean, why not get a new do or go home with perfect, shiny nails?
9. TUBING & SLEDDING– These two super fun alternatives to skiing still require you to be in the snow but are much easier than skiing, less expensive than skiing, and so much fun for kids and adults! I recommend checking with your resort to see what is offered.
10. SNOWMOBILING– If you still want to have some fun off the slopes, snowmobiling is one of my favorite things to do! You can explore the mountain terrain and most tours take you up to some beautiful scenic views as well. It’s cold, so be prepared, but sometimes they even have hot chocolate waiting for you when you finish!
11. DOG SLEDDING– This sounds like an amazing experience. They don’t have it everywhere, but definitely check into it. I still have not done this one. It’s on my list for sure.
12. SNOWSHOEING– If you’re wanting to get a bit of exercise, snowshoeing is like going out for a beautiful, peaceful walk in the snow – except slightly more challenging. Check out the resort nordic center for activities and rentals. I’ve heard this pair is a good brand if you’re interested in purchasing.
13. CROSS COUNTRY SKIING– For those who can tolerate some skiing, but aren’t so keen on downhill slopes. I want to try this! It looks just challenging enough and you get to see some beautiful views. Check out the resort nordic center for activities and rentals.
14. SLEIGH RIDES– I mean, it might be pretty cold, yes. But the quiet and picturesque beauty is usually SO worth it! Check into this at your ski resort to see if it’s offered. Typically they provide blankets and hot chocolate also.
15. GONDOLA RIDES– Many resorts have beautiful, scenic gondola rides that you can take up to the primary ski lodge or bottom of the slopes. Most of these lodges have dining options once you get up there as well. *Just remember to wear your gloves, snow pants and boots when you’re headed up to the slopes!
Happy Mountain Adventuring Friends,