Skiing holidays Ė the very name conjures up images of hurtling downhill at 80 mph, of hugely overpriced ski wear that youíll only use once a year, of wallet emptying restaurant bills, and coming home with more broken bones than you went out with. However, many non skiers don't realise that taking a holiday in a resort known for skiing can be an amazing way to spend a week or two.
There are hundreds of reasons why ski resorts can be good for non skiers. If you book the right resort deal at the right resort, the range of activities on offer for non skiers can literally be endless. For a start, many chairlifts and cable cars will accept non skiers, so itís a doddle to get to the top of the popular slopes but also to get back down the mountain at a speed you are comfortable. It is also possible to go snow tubing, cross country horse riding, dog sledding or any other number of snow related activities, as a group or on your own. Many ski resorts also have natural thermal pools to while away a few hours in, and also benefit from spa and pool facilities which can be enjoyed by all. The secret to a great non-ski holiday at a ski resort is to book ahead and check out the other facilities available so youíll know there are going to be alternatives for you.
Depending on the resort you choose, the restaurant, bar and shopping facilities can be superb. Some of the more exclusive resorts have a huge collection of boutique style shops and large resorts such as Chamonix have a great range of all types of shops. The cuisine in the Alps is also superb - from regional restaurants serving up fondue and other cheese based delights, to sophisticated gastro restaurants serving up a wide variety of global foods, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Of course, being in the mountains in the middle of winter can be one of the most amazing and exhilarating places to spend a holiday. The air is wonderfully crystal clear, the scenery is breathtaking and the weather (although often below freezing) can be predominantly sunny. No wonder that for generations, the Alps in particular have been a popular destination for convalescence. Because of the itís geography, ski resorts in the Alps are very often located within a short drive of some of Europe's most beautiful cities - like Geneva. You can spend a fantastic day sightseeing local attractions if you choose not to go on the slopes.
So, as a non skier, you can take real advantage of all the resorts have to offer. If you are on a week's ski holiday, you will want to spend every hour of every day skiing, and all evening recovering. As a non skier, you holiday can be varied, and you can return home feeling like youíve had a real break. There are so many ski deals available these days for winter (or ski) holidays that can appeal to everyone. Why not book one today?