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Ski Resorts in New England For People Who Hate Skiing! )

Top Ski Resorts for People Who Hate Skiing? And One is in New England?

Thank GOD. Because I loathe skiing.

I don’t like it because one: why would you strap long pieces of waxed-up wood to your feet and launch yourself down an icy hill at top speed?

And two: All this happens in temperatures below 32 degrees?

It’s NUTS.

But as we all know, humans are bonkers, so that’s what they do. And odds are, someone in your friend group or family wants to do this every year.

It costs you a a fortune, you’re freezing and I won’t even get into walking in those farkakte boots. Oy.

One time I went to Banff, one of the world’s BEST ski resorts. It was a dead of winter, beautiful, POSH. But hot damn, I never put on a pair of skis. People were stunned. But as I found out, there are a LOT of fun things to do in the snow that do not involve risking your life and ensuring a trip to urgent care.

Do you people have any idea what an emergency room co-pay costs? MORE THAN SKI RENTALS.

Anyway, so I don’t like skiing. But I LOVE resorts. And I love the concept of “apres ski”. Because “apres” anything that involves potentially injuring yourself is worth a celebration.

Here’s the good news!

The Points Guy put together a list of of top ski resorts for people who hate skiing. And one is in New England!

“On the rare occasion that I do find myself at a ski resort, I gravitate toward sitting by the fireplace with a hot toddy or exploring the area by bike. If you, too, are a member of the nonskiers club, check out one of the eight resorts on this list. They all have plenty of fun activities for visitors who prefer to keep their feet ski-free while their friends and family hit the slopes.”

Here’s his list, and a list of more local places to celebrate being on flat land with sensible boots.


  • Park City Mountain Resort, Utah

    “You can still get a taste of the Olympic athlete life by touring the Alf Engen Ski Museum or the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum at Olympic Park. While there, tube down a 1,200-foot sliding hill or go for a thrilling (and professionally-piloted) bobsled ride on the same track that was used for bobsled, skeleton and luge events during the Olympics.”

  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming

    “While everyone else skis the day away, you can stroll through the shops and restaurants in Teton Village. You can also “chill” at slope-side lodgings like the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole (the resort’s only ski-in/ski-out hotel) or the Snake River Lodge & Spa. Both properties have heated pools and hot tubs where you can stay warm without having to bundle up.”

  • Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado

    “Nonskiers can go sledding or tubing in the area or opt for a two-wheel ride on a fat bike. If you are looking for accommodations close enough to the slopes for skiers in your group to have easy mountain access, check out Marriott‘s Mountain Valley Lodge at Breckenridge or One Ski Hill Place. Both properties boast great views for nonskiers to enjoy from the hot tub.”

  • Sun Valley Resort

    “Sun Valley Resort is home to a full-service spa where you can spend the day getting pampered with massages, nail treatments or a sauna steam session. Guests of the resort also have access to a glass-enclosed outdoor pool and hot tub as well as the Poolside Cafe.”

  • Whistler Blackcomb, Idaho

    “Whistler Village is a pedestrian-only area, making it a prime spot for afternoon shopping and evening strolls. In the heart of Whistler Village, you’ll find Whistler Olympic Plaza — a venue designed for the 2010 Winter Olympics. During the winter months, the plaza is transformed into a large ice skating rink and adjacent snow zone for sledding and snowball fights.”

  • Aspen Snowmass

    “Other activities include rides on the 28-mile-per-hour Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, tubing and snowcat rides. You can also take a sightseeing gondola ride to the top of Aspen Mountain to enjoy a scenic lunch — then take the easy way back down the mountain with a return ride on the gondola.”

  • Stowe Mountain Resort

    “Spruce Peak Village at the base of the resort offers opportunities for shopping and dining as well as an outdoor skating rink and a playground and green space called the Enchanted Forest. If you venture a bit farther out of town, you can tour the original Ben & Jerry’s Factory, visit the Trapp Family Lodge — made famous by the “Sound of Music” Von Trapps — or imbibe at Stowe Mountain’s most popular apres ski bar, aptly named the Matterhorn.”

  • MORE New England Resorts for People Who Don't Ski!

    These destinations offer a Slim Aarons-esque lodge experience reminiscent of the world’s chicest ski destinations, but without any skis involved!

    There’s no mountain in sight at this beachfront resort on Cape Cod, but visitors and guests can still celebrate winter at the hotel’s indoor “Apres Sea” lodge. With an indoor curling rink as a focal point, Apres Sea features warm beverages, cozy seating and live music with views of the Nantucket Sound.

    The courtyard of this historic hotel in Boston’s Beacon Hill transforms into a winter wonderland every season with an outdoor curling rink surrounded by twinkling lights, lounge seating and warm beverages.

    Watch Hill, RI also has more waves than mountains, but this luxury hotel is known for its chichi Apres Ski experience complete with heated ski gondolas and fire pits for an experience befitting the French Alps.

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