Round up of the best resorts that have something unique to offer to non-skiers and mixed groups
Wait a minute, best ski resorts, for not going skiing? Must be getting towards the end of the season, right? Well, the non-skier can in fact be a play a critical role in a successful ski holiday. Sometimes non-skiers are the doting grandparents who tag along to take care of the toddlers so parents can get in some turns, sometimes they are the long-suffering partner who indulges their other (skiing) half’s wintry obsession, when they’d really rather be at the beach. The non-skier is the friend who stays home and has makes sure the beer is cold or the Gluehwein hot when you return at the end of the day, or the non-skier could be the mate who came undone last year’s ski holiday, and is stuck nursing an ACL or MCL (or both) back to full health (but couldn’t resist tagging along in an observing capacity).
Oxy-moronic as it might sound, non-skiing activities and attractions are hugely important to ski resorts too, and often prominent in their marketing. But a truly great ski resort for non-skiers needs to offer more than a sleigh ride and some boutique shops. Here are my top Tirol picks, in no particular order.