Tips for non-skiers on ski holidays

Winter is a magical time of year, especially for those who love to ski or snowboard down snow-sparkling slopes. However, not everyone feels the pull of skiing's adrenaline rush. For non-skiers, the idea of a ski vacation may seem less appealing, but with a little creativity and an open mind, there are many ways to embrace the beauty of winter and experience the thrill of the mountains, even off the slopes. Whether you're joining friends or family on a ski trip or just looking for a winter getaway of your own, here are some tips for non-skiers to make the most of their time in the snow-covered wonderland of a ski resort.

Of course, most of our tips here are also applicable to villages and towns in the Alps and mountains that are not ski resorts. Since these places, which are not focused on skiing, usually have cheap hotels and accommodation in the winter, it is a good option to get a magical holiday in the same winter landscape for less money.

Snowy mountains and houses

1. Embrace the landscape

One of the undeniable pleasures of a ski holiday is the breathtaking landscape of snow-capped mountains and picturesque alpine villages. Even if you don't hit the slopes, take the time to explore the surroundings and enjoy the natural beauty. Go for leisurely walks along scenic groomed trails in the snow or lace up a pair of snowshoes and pulsate through untouched snow. And of course, don't forget to bring a camera to capture the amazing views to save the moment.

2. Try alternative winter sports

While skiing and snowboarding are the main attractions, there are plenty of alternative winter sports that non-skiers can try and enjoy, something we've covered in our ski resort activities article. Consider trying out activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or ice skating, which offer a fun and active way to experience the winter landscape without the same skill set that skiing requires. Many ski resorts also offer activities such as tubing (riding down in inflated tires), ice climbing, sledding or snowmobiling, which provide exciting experiences for all ages.

3. Relax and unwind

A holiday at a ski resort can be the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to some well-deserved relaxation and well-being. Treat yourself to a day at a luxurious spa, complete with soothing massages, rejuvenating facials and relaxing hot tubs and heated pools. After a day of exploration or adventure, it can also be nice to cozy up by the fireplace with a good book and enjoy a glass of wine while admiring the winter landscape from your comfortable accommodation.

4. Discover local culture

Take advantage of your time in the mountains to immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions. Explore charming alpine villages, visit historic landmarks and sample traditional cuisine in cozy mountain restaurants. Don't miss the chance to attend cultural events or festivals, where you can experience live music, dance performances and other festivities that celebrate local heritage.

5. Learn something new

Use your time on a ski holiday to broaden your horizons and learn something new. Sign up for a cooking class to master the art of making local delicacies or sign up for a photography class to hone your skills in capturing the beauty of winter landscapes with your camera. Many ski resorts also offer opportunities for art classes, craft workshops or cultural lectures, providing interesting experiences for curious minds.

6. Stay active indoors

If the cold weather has you seeking shelter indoors, there are still plenty of ways to stay active and entertained. At many ski resorts, you'll find state-of-the-art fitness centres, indoor pools and leisure facilities where you can enjoy a workout or join group exercise classes. Alternatively, challenge yourself with indoor rock climbing, try indoor tennis or squash, or why not try curling at the local ice rink (if roofed of course).

7. Explore "Off the Been Path"

Venture off the beaten path and discover hidden gems and lesser-known attractions in the surrounding area. Take a scenic drive through the countryside, visit local farms or craft workshops, or go on a guided nature walk to discover hidden waterfalls or secret viewpoints. Engage with local people and seek out authentic experiences that give an insight into the everyday life of the local population.

8. Embrace the après ski culture

One of the highlights of a ski holiday is the après ski scene, where skiers and non-skiers alike come together to unwind and socialize after a day on the slopes. Join the fun by hanging out in cozy mountain cabins or lively après-ski bars and try après-ski specialties like glüewein, straw rum, grappa or whatever the special local drink may be. Dance to live music, mingle with fellow travellers and swap stories about your adventures in the snow (even if you experienced them off the slopes).

9. Get in touch with nature

Take advantage of the peaceful beauty of the winter landscape to reconnect with nature and recharge your soul. Spend time outdoors breathing in the crisp mountain air, listening to the soothing sounds of snowfall and marvelling at the serenity of snow-covered forests and frozen lakes. Engage in mindfulness practices such as meditation or yoga to centre yourself and cultivate a sense of inner peace and harmony.


While skiing and snowboarding are of course the main attractions of a ski holiday, there are countless opportunities for non-skiers who join the ski trip to enjoy the magic of winter in the mountains. Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation, cultural experiences or just a chance to connect with nature, there's something for everyone to love on a winter trip. With these tips in mind, non-skiers can make the most of their time in the snowy wonderland and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. So pack up, embrace the season and let the beauty of winter unfold before your eyes.