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Need a destination wife does not ski so what can she do while I hit the slopes?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

We live in Florida and I have tried and tried to get my wife to take ski lessons but she is persistent in saying no. I am jonesing hard for some snow and mountain top views but I am having a hard time selling the trip to her because she would be stuck in town with nothing to do. Anyone have this problem or know of a place where she would have plenty to do while im skiing so were both happy? 

post #2 of 15

Major resorts like Whistler have plenty to do if someone's not skiing:

 

Snowmobiling

ZipTrek Tours

Snowshoeing

XC Skiing

Spa

Shopping and Dining in the Village

Helicopter Signtseeing

SnowCat Sightseeing

Sleigh Rides

Ice Skating

Bungee Jumping

... the list goes on and on

 

Check major resorts websites for "Winter Activities", usually plenty to do.

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Funny you say Whistler because my brother lives in Seattle and we were thinking about going to see him and drive up to Vancouver so he and I could ski while the wives go shopping in Vancouver but I could prob only squeeze one day of skiing out of that trip. If there were a resort I could sell her on I could get 3 maybe 4 days of skiing on one trip. 

post #4 of 15

Does she "spa"?  Most nice resorts have all kind of spa treatment packages and offer Yoga classes, workout facilites, pools, sauna's.  Some will offer snowshoeing and other on mountain non-skiing alternatives. There's always shopping and exploring the town. Usually, there's a historical tour of the town or art galleries, museums, go to a movie.  Also, she can sleep in or sit in the lodge and relax by the mountain and read or meet you for lunch. My wife doesn't ski so I susally catch 1st chair and ski till about 1, meet for lunch, shower up and spend the rest of the day with her.  There's plenty to do. 

post #5 of 15


are you staying in Vancouver?  there are a couple of ski resorts right outside of the city.  grouse is a pretty cool place. 
 

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Originally Posted by Sean Kelley View Post

Funny you say Whistler because my brother lives in Seattle and we were thinking about going to see him and drive up to Vancouver so he and I could ski while the wives go shopping in Vancouver but I could prob only squeeze one day of skiing out of that trip. If there were a resort I could sell her on I could get 3 maybe 4 days of skiing on one trip. 



 

post #6 of 15

Why does she have to go? My husband goes on fishing trips and I go on horseback riding vacations, and neither of us insists the other join us. You can't go visit your brother and go to Whistler alone? If for some reason she isn't down with this, try a bribe. Surely she must have family or friends she'd love to visit somewhere? Pay for her trip.

 

If for some reason that's not an option, as already pointed out every large ski resort has spas, gyms, shopping to some extent...if she can entertain herself with that stuff you are fine in Whistler, Park City, Aspen, Vail, Steamboat (nice hot springs there of course too--I spent a lot of time in their community center taking PIlates and soaking in the pools last January when conditions were super crappy at Steamboat)...no car needed at any of those places.

 

 

post #7 of 15

Santa Fe - spas, art, shopping, history, culture, dining, views, etc.

 

And, as a bonus over many other places this year, we have snow.

post #8 of 15

If there's only so much snowshoeing and spa'ing she can do, ask her to do some research into unusual things: at Tahoe there's old west  architecure  a rocking stone, ice climbing, broom hockey, a dungeon, cruises, a Mammoth skeleton, ghost tours, ... heaps of unusual stuff. 

post #9 of 15

Might help if you list things she likes to do and what type of skiing your looking for. Any of your major destination resorts with towns (Aspen, Park City, Breckenridge, Jackson, etc.) have plenty of other things to do.

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

Santa Fe - spas, art, shopping, history, culture, dining, views, etc.

 

And, as a bonus over many other places this year, we have snow.



I haven't been to Santa Fe but have wanted to for those reasons.

 

 

Northstar seems to have some nice options for spouses who don't ski, or so I hear on the chair. 

Ice Skating, nice village, shuttles to other places and gondola access to mid mountain.......just a thought.

 

post #11 of 15

You don't need Whistler to have a great mountain experience and you don't need Vancouver for your wife to have a good shopping time.  If your brother lives in Seattle, why not just ski near Seattle rather than 5 hours away in Whistler?  You can get more days skiing in and your wife can shop herself silly if that's her thing.  I'm no shopper, but everything you can find in Vancouver you can find in Seattle, and there is plenty of great skiing to rival any place in North America within 1.5 hours of the city.

post #12 of 15

Park City during the Sundance Film Festival could be a great compromise! Aside from the independent film, there is plenty of excitement open to the public. This could work particularly well if you travel with another couple.  

post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 

I have ski Stevens Pass and love it plus they are getting dumped on right now. That looks like its going to win out! 

post #14 of 15

Great.  Let us know when you'll be there and maybe you can meet a Bear or two while you're there.

post #15 of 15

With the strong Canadian $, the shopping in Seattle is not only better than Vancouver, it will also be cheaper and so will food in restaurants and grocery stores. Also gas is cheaper in the US by quite a bit.

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