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Thanks to its wide-range of alternative activities, Queenstown in the south island of New Zealand is one of the best ski resorts in the world for non-skiers.  There are three medium-sized ski resorts within easy driving distance from the town of Queenstown.  These are Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone, and each of these resorts offer excellent skiing opportunities for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.  If you are not really that keen on skiing, or you just need a break for a day or two, then don’t despair!  There are many other entertainment options available to you in Queenstown.                

Resorts Good for Non-skiers


Queenstown is regarded as one of the leading adventure capitals of the world and, as such, there is an incredible range of exhilarating activities available that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping!  Bungy jumping, jet boating, white-water rafting and tobogganing are just some of the exciting options. If you are looking for something a bit more relaxing, then you may prefer to take a wine tour of the region where you can sample some of New Zealand’s famous wines. You could also enjoy a scenic flight over the spectacular landscapes that the world grew to know and love in the Lord of the Rings films.         

If you are thinking of taking a ski holiday in Canada, but you don’t necessarily want to spend all of your time skiing, then a good option is the beautiful Lake Louise.  Lake Louise is a ski resort that is located in Alberta, about 180 km west of Calgary.  It is situated in the middle of the gorgeous Rocky Mountains National Park.  Apart from the very impressive skiing facilities, there is also a wealth of alternative activities available.  Many of these activities center around the huge majestic lake.  These include ice skating, ice fishing through holes cut in the frozen surface of the lake, snowmobiling over the frozen surface of the lake, dog sledding and snowshoeing.  

You could also visit the famous Chateau Lake Louise, one of Canada’s most famous luxury hotels.  There are many great opportunities for indulgent spa treatments and pampering packages that will help you to truly relax in this beautiful setting. Just because you don’t like skiing, doesn’t mean that you can’t have a very enjoyable ski holiday!       

Some resorts we have found enjoyed by the non skier

Bad Gastein, Austria   Bad Gastein, Austria
The perfectly groomed trails will surely keep the skiers happy but the non-skiers will be absolutely thrilled with the spas. The natural hot springs have been drawing visitors to the Gastein Valley since the 13th century. The spectacular views and the quaint village will certainly make everyone happy.
St. Moritz, Switzerland   St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz is so much more than a ski resort. The wineries are plentiful and usually offer wine-tasting. High-end boutiques will please even the most serious shoppers. The celebrity-laden cafes are great places for “star hunting”. Nobody can be bored in St. Moritz.
Megeve, France   Megeve, France
Megeve is a quaint, little village that has retained its medieval charm. Horse-drawn carriage rides are available at the town square for a nominal fee. There are numerous boutiques lining the cobblestone streets. The architecture of the buildings is amazing.
Queenstown, New Zealand   Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown has much to offer the non-skier. From wine-tasting to bungee jumping to sightseeing plane tours, the offerings available to the non-skier are endless. Skydiving is another option for those that keep off of the slopes.
Mount Baldy, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA   Mount Baldy, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
Sun Valley isn’t only for skiers. The area draws many non-skiers for its wonderful spas and art galleries. The boutiques have a variety of stylish items. The grave of Ernest Hemmingway is frequently visited by people on holiday in Sun Valley.

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