5 Alternative Ski Resort Activities That Dont Involve Skiing (or Snowboarding)
Ever turned down a winter vacation because you aren’t a skier or snowboarder? It’s easy to assume – thanks to the abundance of stunning pictures, showcasing wildly talented sports enthusiasts, that pepper the web – that there’s nothing to do during a chalet weekend but hit the slopes.
Take in nature from a unique vantage. If you like the idea of skis, just not strapped to your feet, some resorts offer the chance to ride along behind a team of fluffy huskies aboard a traditional dogsled. The diligent canines do all the work, while you watch the trees flash by. If you want to get a bit more involved, you can command your own team.
Dogsledding at Mont Tremblant, Canada – more info here
Some mountain getaways offer this heart-pounding alternative to shooting down a mountain on a fiberglass board. Daredevils with less inclination for snow-filled boots can rocket through or above the trees on a harness, soaring over the heads of their ground-bound companions.
Ziptrek in Whistler, Canada – more info here
A horse-drawn sleigh ride is another ski-based option that lets you curl up and enjoy the view while a majestic Clydesdale, accustomed to the terrain, take guests through snow-laden scenes at an easy pace. The quiet mode of transportation is a return to days of yore, and offers a good chance of wildlife sightings.
Sleigh Ride in Banff, Canada – more info here
If the open air of the previous options doesn’t appeal, look for a resort that will tour you around those mountain vistas in the heated interior of a snowcat. This winter vehicle is equipped with treads that make short work of the icy steppes, and lets you see the sights while reclining in luxury with a hot beverage.
Snowcat Tours on Mammoth Mountain, California – more info here
If you’re just as extreme as your board-bound friends, you might hunt down a place that rents fatbikes. These off-road bicycles are fitted with tires about four inches wide, which offer good grip, stability, and cushioning on bumpy, snow-covered trails. You’ll see a whole new side of the great outdoors.