As unusual as it may be, it is possible that a member of your family or group of friends might not want to spend their holiday going up and down ski slopes. Some might not be physically able, while others simply do not enjoy the skiing experience at all; but even so, that’s not to say that non-skiers cannot have fun at a ski resort. In fact, more and more resorts are providing entertainment for those who are looking to have a good time away from the runs — and we don’t just mean hitting the bars and clubs. Here is a selection of some of the most popular resorts, which can be enjoyed by the whole family, young and old.
Breuil-Cervina is a resort that caters well to families, as well as being considerably cheaper than neighbouring Zermatt across the border in Switzerland. Along with a number of runs that are perfect for beginners and intermediates, the resort itself is well designed for families with younger children, with snowparks, playgrounds and ice rinks.
This resort also benefits from some great nearby attractions, including ice caves, the town of Chamois in the Aosta Valley, and the Sports Centre of Valtourneche, which features tennis courts, a swimming pool, sauna and more.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz is a resort that offers plenty for everyone. As a host of more than one Winter Olympics, there are pistes for all skill levels, and freeriders too. However, non-skiers have a huge amount they could do while other family members take to the slopes.
For starters, the shopping haven of Via Serlas is to St Moritz what Rodeo Drive is to Los Angeles. Alternatively, you could go on an excursion up to the Alp Grum, or take the railway to the top of Muottas Muragl vantage point.
Plus, don’t forget that St Moritz has a fabulous reputation for food, boasting five restaurants with at least one Michelin star. This destination also offers sunshine for an enviable 300 days per year.
Linking together multiple French and Swiss resorts and slap-bang in the middle of the Portes du Soleil ski area, skiers have over 650km of pistes to enjoy, with runs that cater to all levels. However, as an award-winning resort for families, Avoriaz is an ideal destination non-skiers, too.
As one of the few pedestrianised resorts in the Alps, visitors can enjoy the many shops, restaurants and cages in the village centre, take a trip to the nearby (and tropically-heated) Aquariaz waterpark, go ice skating or snow shoeing, take a snowmobile or visit the Turkish steam rooms in Morzine.