There are two types of people who visit ski resorts – those who can’t get enough of the white-powdered slopes…
… and those who actually hate skiing but love sipping hot cocoa by the fire after an incredible massage and watching other people ski.
So, if you’ve always wanted to experience the wonder and majesty of a ski resort – but don’t actually like to ski – fear not! Here are a few resorts that will more than satisfy your winter wonderland dreams.
Sun Valley Ski Resort, Idaho
If you enjoy being pampered – this is your spot!
You can dine, play, and enjoy a relaxing, cozy day at the spa while everyone else is outside in the cold.
Start your day with a rejuvenating massage and have all those knots in your shoulders worked out, then have your brittle winter nails tended to.
The Sun Valley Signature Spa Package is priced at $735 – but it’s 4-hour marathon of luxury that includes a full-body exfoliation or wrap, 50-minute massage, a mani or pedi at the “spa poolside café” – and a non-acholic beverage to take home!
When you’re done, grab a bowl of bison chili at the Roundhouse and enjoy the stunning views at 7,700 feet of elevation on Bald Mountain.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming
If you still want to experience the snow (but not on skis) – you can ice-skate, ride a snowmobile, or even book a horse-drawn sleigh ride!
Or maybe you literally hate the cold (like me) but still want to soak in the sites.
Well guess what – you’re in luck!
At SpaTerre, you can enjoy ultimate luxury with a jade stone massage or experience the calming effects of a eucalyptus-infused steam room.
And of course, the indoor/outdoor pools and hot tubs are a nice touch if you want to stay warm while still enjoying the breathtaking outdoor views of snow-covered mountaintops.
Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont
Most people think of skiing out west – but did you know Stowe actually earned the nickname “Snow Capital of the East”?
Those who love to ski can enjoy more than 100 ski runs on Mount Mansfield.
But the rest of us who aren’t skiers can still have fun enjoying the great outdoors!
At the base of the resort is Spruce Peak Village where you can ice-skate, shop, and sample local meats and cheeses – even craft beers.
And to warm you up, choose from a variety of dining options like the WhistlePig Pavilion and try their famous alpine venison chili or Swiss mac and cheese.
So if all your friends are going skiing this winter and you want to tag along (but don’t ski) – rest assured, ski resorts offer plenty of fun activities for those of us who prefer a more relaxing trip.
Do you enjoy skiing?
If not – would you ever visit one of these resorts and enjoy all the “non-skiing” options?
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