Your partner or friends are desperate for a winter sports holiday, but you hate skiing or snowboarding. This doesnt have to be a problem, since the worlds ski resorts are full of lovely ways for you to fill your day without ever having to go near a board or pole.
Champoussin, Switzerland. Image: Trailsource.com under Creative Commons licence.
If you love the fresh mountain air in your nostrils but just dont have the skill for snowboarding or skiing, theres an array of alternative activities out there. Dog sledding, snow rafting, snow mobiling, bobsleigh, helicopter rides - you name it, theres an exhilarating experience with your name on it. And youll 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.
Lonely Planet, alternative winter sports
Canadian Wilderness Adventures, Whistler, BC
Meribel Snow Biker, Meribel, France
You might not care at all that your friends think youre 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.
Image: Brian Giesen under Creative Commons licence.
Swiss Mountain Leader walking and snowshoeing holidays
Copper Mountain Colorado snowshoeing
Its 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 youre doing something useful, you could indulge in a wine tasting session or sample the culinary delights of the region.
Hotel de Charmes les Airelles, Courchevel, France
Chez Vrony, Zermatt, Switzerland (in German)
Dicks Tea Bar, Val dIsere, France
Krazy Kanguruh, St Anton, Austria
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.
The Telegraph, the worlds best ski-spa retreats
Le Ludicur fitness centre, La Chaudanne Hotel, Meribel, France
Stowe Mountain Lodge, Vermont, United States
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.
Sundance Film Festival, Utah, United States
Snow Jazz Gastein festival, Austria (in German)
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