Just because you don’t do the wild roller-coaster of downhill skiing doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the wintery wonderland offered by ski resorts. There’s so much more to these lodges than just the slopes! From skating to chilling, these places have it all. Enjoy all the best of the snow (or maybe visit in the summer instead!) when you stay at these ski resorts for non-skiers.
Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Welcome to a sprawling, hundred-year-old resort at the foot of Bretton Woods’ mountains. You’ll feel like medieval royalty as you walk up to this castle-like building, but you’ll find nothing but good, old-fashioned New England comfort within. You never have to even think of hitting the slopes here—there is so much to do! Try hiking, biking, horse riding, tennis, or any of a dozen other fun adventures. You can even zip line over the treetops! Or, just relax and enjoy a day of pampering at the spa.
Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley, Idaho
The nation’s first and most popular luxury ski resort is a wonderful place for everyone—not just skiers. In the offseason, enjoy a ride on the ski lift in the very place than ski lifts were invented, or take a day to forget your worries and go golfing. In the winter, enjoy the ice rink or watch a top-notch skating show. Any time of the year, you can browse the shops and dine at fine restaurants. Don’t forget to stop for some candy or ice cream!
Jay Peak Resort, Jay, Vermont
Hiking, shopping, music, and more! Jay Peak Resort offers a ton of fun in addition to its ski options. When you stay here in the winter, you can enjoy a winter wonderland outside and a warm, cozy interior with a gym, ice skating and ice shows, and plenty of hot cocoa. When you stay in the summer, be prepared for plenty of concerts and rocking entertainment! Much of it is family-friendly, so you can enjoy the resort with your kids. Or you enjoy it without them, if you’d rather let the in-house child care professionals take them off your hands. Either way, you’ll never get bored here!
Beaver Creek Lodge, Beaver, Colorado
Yee-haw! If you love the Wild West, be sure to get your fill of Beaver Creek Lodge. In the summer, you can spend your time at the stables, enjoying the soft muzzles of the horses and the trail rides around the lodge. In the winter, send snow flying as your plow through it on a four-wheeler.
Stowe Mountain Resort, Stowe, Vermont
Here, you have your choice of accommodations: hotels, town houses, and condos. You can spend your time dreaming by the fire, or you can opt to try out the indoor climbing wall, gondola sky ride, hiking trails, or performing arts center.
Keystone Resort, Keystone, Colorado
Haven’t you always wanted to try riding in a snowmobile? Well, now you can! Sign up for the experience when you visit Keystone resort! Unless, of course, you’re too busy shopping, skating, or attending a classy wine-tasting.
Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
You’d have to live at this resort in order to experience everything it has to offer. In fact, you can live there—if you have three million dollars to spend! If not, you can still spend a weekend there and pack in as much relaxation and recreation as possible. For starters, check out dog sledding, archery, and bowling.
Madeline Hotel and Residences, Telluride, Colorado
Maybe you don’t ski, but do you tube? Go flying down the hills on a tube, no balancing skills necessary! You can also take one of many tours, the most interesting being the snowshoe adventure tour.
Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler, British Columbia
We can all agree that Canada is definitely underrepresented on this list, but as long as we’re only featuring one Canadian destination, Whistler Blackcomb is a great choice. The most fantastic activity at this resort (with zipline eco-tours coming in at a close second) is the Fire and Ice show, where winter sports athletes show off the artistic side of their talents while playing with fire. If you’re up for your own thrill, try out the bobsledding!
Skiing isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you need to be left out of the winter fun. Pick a ski resort that has great atmosphere and plenty of activities off the slopes so everyone leaves happy!