8 Ski Resorts That Non-Skiers Will Love This Winter
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Strapping skinny planks to your shoes and launching yourself off of a mountain isn’t everyone’s idea of fun. Yet there’s so much to love about ski culture—cozy chalets, crackling fireplaces, comfort food, cocktails—and just because you don’t ski doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Here, eight resorts across the U.S. (and all the activities) non-skiers will love.
The Lodge at Vail, a RockResort (Vail, Colorado)
Nestled in the heart of Vail Village, this historic hotel has old-world European charm. The lodge offers daily s’mores happy hours, where the gooey stacks on rotation include Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Nutella. There's also a luxurious spa, indoor ice skating and a pool. Sign. Us. Up.
Starting at $201 per night; lodgeatvail.rockresorts.com
Sun Valley Lodge (Sun Valley, Idaho)
Major upgrades were made to this lodge’s 20,000-square-foot luxury spa recently. Start there, then take your pick from Sun Valley Resort’s endless list of activities, including bowling, sleigh rides, movies at the Sun Valley Opera House and fat-bike excursions (“fat” = thick tires for moving in the snow).
Starting at $400 per night; sunvalley.com
Whiteface Lodge (Lake Placid, New York)
Located in the picturesque Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, Whiteface Lodge is the perfect base for exploring Lake Placid. We dare you to drag yourself away from this rustic sanctuary and try your hand at ice fishing. If you prefer to kick back, take a dogsled ride down Main Street.
Starting at $278 per night; thewhitefacelodge.com
Viceroy Snowmass (Aspen, Colorado)
Give the green light and Viceroy Snowmass will plan your trip from start to finish. Helicopter rides, ice karts, paragliding and spa treatments inspired by rituals of the native Ute tribe make it easy to pack a personalized itinerary with everything but skiing.
Starting at $175 per night; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
Spring Creek Ranch (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)
Spot moose, deer, elk, wolves and bison up close on a winter wildlife safari at this ranch, located on a wildlife sanctuary 1,000 feet above the village of Jackson. If staying warm is more your thing (we feel you), hop on a snowmobile and head to the nearest hot spring.
Starting at $180 per night; springcreekranch.com
Stein Eriksen Lodge (Park City, Utah)
This upscale lodge is the place to make your home base at Deer Valley, one of the best ski resorts in the world. Take a hot air balloon ride, strap on some snowshoes for some backcountry exploring or head to Park City, a storybook town with enough bars, restaurants and art galleries to keep you busy for days.
Starting at $235 per night; steinlodge.com
Jay Peak Resort (Jay, Vermont)
Not a fan of the cold? When it’s below zero out, it’s a balmy 86 degrees inside the Pump House indoor water park at Jay Peak Resort near the Vermont-Canada border. Get your fast-paced thrills on rides like La Chute, an enclosed slide with a 50-foot drop. The park is enclosed in glass, so you can still take in those snowy mountain views.
Starting at $116 per night; jaypeakresort.com
The Ritz-Carlton (Lake Tahoe, California)
Of course, the amenities are stellar at this Tahoe hotel. Book here for access to Northstar California’s resort village and Mountain Table Dinners, a family-style dining experience at 7,900 feet. You’ll arrive by sleigh and take in sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada’s Pacific Crest (select dates only, so book early!).
Starting at $199 per night; ritzcarlton.com