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Holidays & Travel: For the non-skier

Chris Madoc-Jones
Chris Madoc-Jones
Chris loves skiing and combines this with a passion for helping you to get the most out of your holiday.
I love being in the mountains but have never skied, which resorts have a great range of off-slope activities? I like a bit of adventure too.

There are plenty of resorts that should suit you here. Number one choice has to be Zermatt, which is well worth forking out a bit of extra cash for. Many visitors simply to come to marvel at the views of the Matterhorn, sample the resort’s famous cuisine and stay in one of the luxury hotels. But if you’re looking for a more active break then Zermatt has perhaps the best network of maintained winter hiking trails as well as numerous tobogganing routes across the three main mountains. You can also try your hand at curling, ice skating and paragliding – all with the spectacular Matterhorn as a backdrop.

Another resort with stunning scenery and an excellent range of off-slope activities is Murren, again in Switzerland. I have been going there for 15 years and have been with numerous non-skiers, all of whom never got bored! You can choose from walking along the network of well-prepared hiking trails, tobogganing down from Allmendhubel, paragliding above the Lauterbrunnen Valley or visiting the revolving restaurant at the top of the Schilthorn – from which it is possible to see Mont Blanc, over 80km away, on a clear day.

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