15 Winter Resorts For Non-Skiers

15 Winter Resorts For Non-Skiers

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Winter wonderland vacations don’t always have to be about skiing. At these resorts there are a host of activities that are sure to please just about everyone.

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    Non-skiers can sled for free at Carter Park, enjoy 30 miles of perfectly-manicured trails for snowshoeing or go winter biking on some of the country’s best mountain biking terrain. Breckenridge also hosts a game room, bowling alley and a seasonal gondola. There are lots of fabulous dining options and at the Rejuvenation Center you’ll find a wide variety of relaxing treatments.
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    Among its 11 eateries and lounges, you’ll find the Waldhaus Restaurant, set within a 1927 Bavarian-style cottage serving up fondues and excellent Canadian wines. Just a few of the activities for non-skiers include ice skating, canyon ice walks, sleigh rides, dogsledding, ice fishing, gondola rides and helicopter tours.
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    Head to the resort and embark on a snowshoe excursion, ice skate, go tubing, ski biking or even try the snowy rollercoaster known as Rollersledge. Thanks to the region’s southerly location, you’re likely to enjoy it all in the sunshine too as over 80 percent of the days here are blizzard free and sunny.
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    Not only does this walkable village offer a rich array of international eateries and one of the most vibrant après-ski scenes in the region, visitors will have access to all sorts of activities like ice climbing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and more. In fact, there is so much to do here, you’ll probably run out of time way before you run out of ways to spend it.
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    Located in the Catskills Mountains, this resort offers a variety of non-skiing activities like ice skating, snow tubing and snowshoeing. You’ll also have the chance to take part in movie nights, watch blacksmith demonstrations, swim in the indoor pool or join in on daily group exercise sessions. 
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    Active adventure lovers who don’t want to strap on a pair of skis will find lots to do at Copper Mountain. Head to the tubing hill to enjoy everything from a gentle ride to more heart-pounding thrills. At the skating rink you can rent skates and glide around or make use of the hockey nets, curling and broomball equipment for free. 
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    Ideal for families who want to split their time between the slopes and non-skiing activities, Avoriaz was awarded Best Family Resort at the 2013 World Ski Awards. This car-free resort, the only one of its kind in France, offers a relaxed, safe village with lots of restaurants, cafes and shops that are all accessed by foot or horse drawn sleigh.
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    A popular escape for east coast dwellers, Stowe is a rustic compound that excels at catering to everyone’s idea of the perfect winter vacation. Experience being on a sled pulled by Alaskan huskies with a sledding excursion or hop aboard one of Gentle Giants’ sleigh rides driven by gentle Percheron and Belgian draft horses with beautifully lit Santa-style sleighs gliding among the breathtaking New England scenery.
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    If you’d like to ride the rails, you may want to take the railway to the top of Muottas Muragi and watch the sunset or join an evening excursion to the Alp Grum where a fondue is served. This destination is also considered a “foodie heaven,” with five Michelin star restaurants and it also receives an incredible 300+ days of sunshine each year.
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    Named for its bright blue skies and frequently sunny weather, Sun Valley is ideal for slope-seekers as well as anyone else in search of an adventurous resort escape. Its winter wonderland offers activities for just about everyone, including Dollar Mountain’s popular tubing hill. 
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    You don’t have to be a skier to ride the Mt. Rainier Gondola which will whisk you by beautiful evergreen trees as you take in a bird’s eye view of the surrounding snow-covered mountain peaks. You’ll travel nearly 2,500 vertical feet to the summit where you’ll enjoy even more breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountain Range.
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    Jay Peak has the distinction of getting the most snow in the Northeast region of the U.S. and it also offers a whole lot more than great powder for skiing. You can snowshoe, sled, take a sleigh ride, ice fish, go snowmobiling, ice skate and play ice hockey too. The charming, lodge-like resort also offers its own live music series in the Foeger Ballroom and even hosts ice skating shows in its theater.
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