Skiing and snowboarding is usually a staple activity for most families during the winter, especially when planning their next vacation destination. However, not all families are keen to the activity. Luckily, if you are one of those families who doesn’t enjoy skiing, there are still plenty of things you can do while on vacation. Mountain towns all over the world offer a variety of activities both on and off the slopes such as snow tubing, ice skating, shopping, dining, and most importantly, a cozy ambiance. So, here are some of the best places for a winter vacation for non-skiing families.
Big Sky Resort, Montana
Despite the cold weather and snowy conditions, the outdoor adventures for non-skiers are still numerous at Big Sky in Montana. You can take a chairlift to the top of the Big Sky Resort’s Adventure Zipline Tour where you will then zip down the mountain’s four lines more than 150 feet off the ground. Competitive families can even race each other down the twin zip line. While you’re that high, you might as well check out the high ropes course as well. You can navigate the challenging rope course which is 30 feet off the ground. And, if that is not enough of a thrill, they also offer their bungee trampoline and the giant swing which will have you swinging 30 feet in the air. Now, for those who are not in the mood to get their hearts rates rising that much can enjoy snowshoeing tours, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and dog sledding.
Whiteface Mountain, Lake Placid
Whiteface Mountain is said to be one of the best eastern ski resorts with off-mountain activities making it a great choice for non-skiing families. Considering they were the host of the 1980 Winter Olympics, they boast a bobsled experience that is one of a kind. With the professional driver and brakeman, you can experience the sled just like a professional. Families can race down the half-mile track, around turns and up the sides of the track at over 50 mph. While it is a fast ride, clocking in at less than a minute, it is still one that you and your family will not forget. If you are looking for something a bit slower, you can check out the Lake Placid Olympic Museum or even enjoy some ice skating.
Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah
The winter zip tour at the Sundance Mountain Resort is the favorite amongst non-skiing families. You can get bundled up and fly across the nearly 4,000-foot long zip-line across Mount Timpanogos. You have the option to ride doubles and race each other and also control your speed if you want to go a bit slower and take in the scenery. The resort also offers the Full Moon Cross Country Skiing self-guided tour that allows you to roam the forest trails at night with a headlamp guiding the way. Plus, if you have a family of movie fans, the Sundance Film Festival is held in January and brings in more than 40,000 people each year making it another must-do activity when visiting.