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Finding a resort for the non-skier

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

I wanted to see if you guys could help me choose a resort to go to for winter 07. I'm putting together a trip, but not everyone in the group will be a hardcore skier or snowboarder. So, I'm trying to put together a list of resorts that would still be interesting for the non-skier. Ideally, I'd like a pedestrian friendly town (no car needed for the whole trip) with lots of dining choices and alternate activities. Out of the ones I know, Whistler was the first to come to mind (never been though). Any other resorts that you can recommend for this situation? Zermatt? Chamonix? Those two came up in conversation...any thoughts on those or others? I'm open to anything in North America and Europe. Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 21
Breckenridge, Park City and Telluride are three that come to mind.
post #3 of 21
If money is no object, Zermatt is a very good option. If the non-skiers like small scenic hikes, they can meet you for lunch "on the slopes" for amazing meals at Zum See, Chez Vrony, etc. Hands down the best on slopes restaurants I've ever experienced at a resort.
post #4 of 21
My spouse enjoys Steamboat.
post #5 of 21
Jackson Hole, Mt Creek (just kidding)

I you choose Jackson Hole allow time for a trip to Targee and Snow King. Bob Peters is the resident expert on JH. If he doesn't chime in shoot him a PM, I'm sure he would be glad to help you out with more information.
post #6 of 21
Aspen.
post #7 of 21
South Lake Tahoe
post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 
I was under the impression that you need a car to really enjoy the Tahoe and Jackon Hole areas. No?

How far is the town of Breckenridge from the mountain?
post #9 of 21
there's a good free bus service that goes all over town and to ski mt. Also,I think Breckenridge is a good mt for beginners and low intermediate skiers as most of the mt. seems pretty easy. I know there's hard stuff, but there seems to be an abundance of easy runs. IMHO
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by rjc1976
I was under the impression that you need a car to really enjoy the Tahoe and Jackon Hole areas. No?

How far is the town of Breckenridge from the mountain?
Unless if the people you are with immensely enjoy gambling, I don't think South Lake Tahoe is a very exciting place for non-skiers to pass the time. If they are gamblers, it might just be the place for you all...

If you stayed at Jackson Hole resort instead of the town of Jackson, WY, you wouldn’t necessarily need a car. That said Jackson Hole resort didn’t really strike me as a non-skier type of resort. The town of Jackson, WY is nice but I don’t know what non-skiers without a car would do there for a week.
post #11 of 21
Another vote for Aspen (because of all the restaurants, shops, bars, people watching, window shoppping, bus connections...and great skiing).
I've also been to some of the other mentioned towns including Park City, South Lake Tahoe, Zermatt and unmentioned like Vail, Santa Fe, Grindelwald, but I think Aspen was the most entertaining for non-skiers. No disrespect intended to the others, especially amazing Zermatt. If you are serious about a European choice then you might want to ask your question at www.snowheads.com
post #12 of 21
Treblant if you want to stay local. Coming from NJ you can drive up. Nice French atmosphere. No car needed once you get there. Good if the non-skiers don't want to spend a lot on a ski trip. My girlfriend's favorite mountain (she hates to to ski) due to the village, but not the most challenging in my opinion.

Also, Whistler is great for a non-skier (and for the hardcore skier). Large pedestrian village/no car needed. Downtown Park City could be good too.

Unfortunately, I haven't been to Europe to ski yet, so I can't offer any tips there.
post #13 of 21
I think JH is unique as far as non-skier activities. Sure, it has shopping, great restaurants and dozens of art galleries, like many resorts/resort towns. What JH has that few have is snowmobiling in Yellowstone NP, the wildlife, cross-country skiing in Grand teton NP, taking a sleigh ride thru an elk herd of 10,000 animals at the National Elk Refuge and getting totally snockered in the saddle and not having to leave the bar. Dancing at the Stagecoach Bar on Sunday night is pretty special too.
post #14 of 21
Innsbruck or Salzburg.
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by JHrefugee
What JH has that few have is snowmobiling in Yellowstone NP, the wildlife, cross-country skiing in Grand teton NP, taking a sleigh ride thru an elk herd of 10,000 animals at the National Elk Refuge
can you easily do this if they don't have a car? Just wondering...
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by JHrefugee
I think JH is unique as far as non-skier activities. Sure, it has shopping, great restaurants and dozens of art galleries, like many resorts/resort towns. What JH has that few have is snowmobiling in Yellowstone NP, the wildlife, cross-country skiing in Grand teton NP, taking a sleigh ride thru an elk herd of 10,000 animals at the National Elk Refuge and getting totally snockered in the saddle and not having to leave the bar. Dancing at the Stagecoach Bar on Sunday night is pretty special too.
Don't forget apres ski at the Moose.
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by Martin Bell
Innsbruck or Salzburg.
Good suggestions and quite affordable too. I did the Salzburg ski thing a few years ago and MB is correct, because of all the great cultural stuff it is a nearly matchless choice for a ski vacation by a mixed group of skiers and non skiers:
http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_a...46&mode=search
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by kelly001
can you easily do this if they don't have a car? Just wondering...
JH has a very good public bus system(START). The Yellowstone activities like snowmobiling, taking a snowcoach in then x-c skiing around the thermal features, transportation is provided from Jackson. Another fav non-skier activity is to to take a guided snowmoble cruise to a secluded natural hot spring.
http://www.travelconsultants.com/granite.htm

For many of these activities the companies that run these trips will pick you up at your condo/hotel. Also, alot of folks don't realize that JH has become one of the centers of western art with an incredible number of top notch art galleries including the National Wildlife Museum. I owned a gallery in downtown Jackson for several years.http://www.jacksonholenet.com/art_culture/galleries.php
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by Martin Bell
Innsbruck or Salzburg.
But commutes to the skiing necessary, especially for Salzburg. Innsbruck definitely is more skier-friendly.

If I understand correctly you want a real ski town. Then St. Moritz or Davos is where it's at.


Edit: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy needs to be on the list too.
post #20 of 21
another vote for Zermatt from me. Going for the 3rd time in Jan. Wonderful village, great food, shopping and loads of charm, character and culture....just do it, you'll thank me
post #21 of 21
Isn't this subject a bit like trying to find a condom for the abstinent? I’m just askin’!

Mark
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