There are a diverse range of ski holidays out there, and paradoxically, they’re not all about skiing.
OK, so that might sound like a fairly odd sentence to start off with, but we’re confident that groups and families—of all ages and abilities—can enjoy a winter break together; whether they all ski or not. With a stay at one of the ski chalets we’ve listed below, you can spend seven days on the slopes, balance your time between different sports, or forgo all that snow and while your hours away on other pursuits. Are you into black runs but your mate’s a budding gourmand? Perhaps your parents want a pampering but you’ve taken to snowboarding? Whatever the ski or non-ski situation, read on for our top tips when booking winter breaks.
Ski holidays in France show no sign of slipping in popularity ranks, and with good reason: the Morzine and Meribel ski areas (to name just two) are some of the finest the world over. But what about a ski holiday in France that’ll appeal to non-skiers too? No problem: Chamonix ski chalets should do the trick. Sleeping fifteen of your friends, this rustic ski lodge in Les Houches comes with private woods and a hot tub, and offers nearby opportunities for activities as diverse as ice climbing and wine tasting. And, being just an hour from Geneva, you can concentrate your efforts on exploring what neighbouring Switzerland has to offer, too.
What can non-skiers do on Austria ski holidays? Plenty. While Dad’s taking on the mighty Hintertux glacier in Mayrhofen, Mum can indulge herself with a massage and sauna session at the spa. And for youngsters who haven’t got to grips with the slopes quite yet, they can always opt for ski lessons if they want to take the plunge: there are no less than ten ski schools in Mayrhofen alone, tutoring little ones as young as three. Of course, there are always ski holidays in Ischgl to factor in, offering much in the way of non-ski activities, too. With its own sauna, room to sleep six and opportunities for paragliding, this Ischgl ski chalet is a sure crowd pleaser.
Despite what you’ll read when checking out Canada ski packages, It’s not all about skiing when you head for the slopes of Whistler. Surrounded by expansive forests and littered with stunning lakes, Whistler’s more about venturing off the beaten track than anything else. Non-skiers can spend their days ice skating and tobogganing, while skiers will find no shortage of incredible terrain to explore. When it comes to pleasing everyone, this ski chalet in Pinecrest Estates is perfectly situated: the attractions of Whistler are just ten minutes away, but with a hot tub and tennis courts surrounded by wildlife, you might just want to stay put.
Bulgaria ski holidays are increasingly popular, offering particularly great value for money. And, when you book private ski chalets, you can be assured non-skiers are kept smiling too. In Borovets, those who’d rather avoid the slopes can enjoy hot mineral pools and horse riding in the Rila Mountains, or take in the attractions of Sofia just an hour away (skiers will be too busy tackling the World Cup course!). And in Bansko, you can visit the Belitsa Sanctuary, or Four Paws; one of the largest bear conservation areas in Europe. Winter sports fan or not, few will argue with this ski rental in Bansko, replete with luxuries including an indoor pool.
Ski holidays in Italy remain a great choice for groups: destinations are incredibly diverse. In Livigno, skiers can tackle excellent runs on the stunning Swiss border, while non-skiers shop till they drop. Enjoying a special tax status as a duty-free zone, there are over 250 shops in the open-air mall here, 1,800 metres above sea level. In Cervinia, there’s a great, albeit laid-back, aprés ski scene; characterised more by excellent gastronomy than it is by manic nights out. Besides, skiers will be too busy enjoying the moonlight descents! Ideally situated, this Cervinia ski rental offers great opportunities for hydrotherapy and hiking trails.
For more inspirational ideas, check out HomeAway’s extensive guide to ski holidays. If you are looking for ski accommodation, simply choose from our selection of destinations and book online.