Your partner or friends are desperate for a winter sports holiday, but you hate skiing or snowboarding. This doesn’t have to be a problem, since the world’s ski resorts are full of lovely ways for you to fill your day without ever having to go near a board or pole.
Still want to get in amongst it?
If you love the fresh mountain air in your nostrils but just don’t have the skill for snowboarding or skiing, there’s an array of alternative activities out there. Dog sledding, snow rafting, snow mobiling, bobsleigh, helicopter rides – you name it, there’s an exhilarating experience with your name on it. And you’ll be able to hold your head high when your companions return from the slopes each day with their “extreme” tales of broken bones and high-speed collisions.
A slower pace
You might not care at all that your friends think you’re a wuss, and dream of more sedate excursions for your winter break. Take in the amazing scenery and taste the great outdoors on a snowshoeing, ice fishing or cross-country ski trip. Please note that cross-country skiing does involve skis and poles, but much less expertise or nerve than the downhill variety.
Extend the après ski
It’s rude not to partake in a little après ski; in fact you could probably spend an entire week nicely sozzled in a cosy bar or eatery. But to avoid knocking back the schnapps on your lonesome, and at least pretending you’re doing something useful, you could indulge in a wine tasting session or sample the culinary delights of the region.
Pamper yourself, you’re worth it
If you need a break from pickling yourself, you could try a healthier method of preservation. Most ski resorts offer spa facilities, from basic to ridiculously luxurious. So while your holiday mates are off breaking their wrists and bruising their bottoms, you could be having yours buffed and toned to perfection.
Local colour and culture
Believe it or not, in many ski resorts there is life beyond the mountains. Delve into the wider cultural scene and enjoy jazz and film festivals, galleries, museums, theatre, cinema, markets and, of course, the shops.
Have you got any creative ways to avoid the slopes? Let us know!