Skiing and Snowboarding isn’t everyone’s fancy. But ski resorts out
West offer plenty more to do. During a week of western skiing,
even the die hard skiers
may want to take a break from skiing, so here is a list of the best resorts that
offer skiing, as well as plenty of other activities for your winter vacation
fun. Our thanks to our friends at
The Ski Bum for these great alternatives to
skiing and snowboarding out west.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole is a ski resort known for its expert slopes, but they also offer
plenty of alternative activities for those less interested in skiing. Take a
sleigh ride or hop on a snow mobile. There are also activities like paragliding
or national park tours for you to try. If you would prefer to stay out of the
snow completely, the resort offers plenty of indoor activities, from spa
treatments to bars and restaurants, The Four Season Jackson Hole is perfect.
Steamboat Springs is home to beautiful natural hot springs, Strawberry Park Hot
Springs, which are a soothing fun place to explore for an apres ski soak or a
day off the slopes. Steamboat Resort also has cross country skiing, horseback
riding and a great cowboy downtown for shopping, bar hopping and meeting the
Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler B.C.
This is the most popular skiing resort in the world, perhaps because it has so
much to offer outside of skiing! The entire resort evokes a city vibe, with
activities like shopping and dancing available any time. Restaurants cover the
resort, leaving visitors with tons of options to choose from. There is also a
skating rink, tube park, and even a movie theater, leaving anti-skiers with
plenty of activities to participate in.
Montage Valley, Park City, Utah
Utah is known for its skiing, especially the Montage Valley resort, tucked away
in the Wasatch Mountains at Deer Valley Resort. If you’re not into skiing aren’t opposed to the snow,
this resort offers alterative winter sports like Nordic, ice skating and
bobsledding at Utah Olympic Park. If you’re really feeling adventurous, the
resort staff will take you on a thrilling 23-minute winter adventure called the
Snowcat Sleigh Ride. If you want to get away from the cold, escape into the Spa
Montage’s copper soaking tubs or redwood saunas.
Sun Valley, Idaho
While this resort has plenty of skiing - almost 3,000 acres, the area was named
for the vast amounts of sun that shine on a daily basis. If you’re not a fan of
skiing, this is the perfect getaway for you! Soak up the sun in one of the three
pools at Sun Valley Lodge or book a massage
at the Sun Valley Salon and Day Spa. Cap the night off with some Jazz music at
the Duchin Lounge, away from the hustle and bustle of the ski slopes!
Art lovers and historians will love Madeline Hotel and Residences. Telluride
offers a super scenic gondola ride that connects
Telluride's authentic downtown
with the upper Mountain Village, where you can find activities like shopping,
spas, ice skating - you may even catch a showcase of professional ice skaters.
Take a unique tour of Telluride's terrain in a 4x4, or check out the historic
art exhibits that cover the area. Experience the culture, mining history, and
breathtaking views of Telluride Colorado.
Whitefish Montana is one of the best
western ski towns with exception skiing on its Big Mountain. But for a day
off, you are just a half hour to beautiful Glacier National Park where you can
snowshoe or cross country ski amongst the snow ghosted peaks and 40 glaciers.
Big Sky Montana
Big Sky Resort in Montana is just 45 minutes to Yellowstone National Park. The
majority of Park visitors go in the summer, but winter is a quiet treasure with
wildlife tracks of elk, caribou and wolves, and geysers surrounded by sparkling
snow - which you can explore from a guided snowmobile tour or a snowcoach.