18 Feb '18 in Holiday Guides
Great Resorts for Non-Skiers
Now that half term is drawing to a close, we tend to experience a high volume of enquiries looking at half term for the following season. If you go every year, it makes sense to get the ball rolling as soon as you get back from your holiday because you can pick from a much greater selection of chalets rather than having to pick from whats “left on the shelf” by the time the group gets themselves organised.
For half term group trips as well as the other school holiday dates, many groups tend to include some guests who aren’t in the resort to ski. Whether it be looking after the kids or just to enjoy a white Christmas, the Alps aren’t just for skiers! However, many resorts just don’t cater for guests there not to ski, especially purpose built resorts.
However, there are some wonderful resorts that really cater well to non-skiers but they can’t be tricky to identify if you don’t know the resorts that well. Guess what, that’s where we step in! We can recommend resorts and even specific chalets based on your requirements and we’ve put together a short list of resorts that we think work well for non-skiers below.
If you are looking to book your next trip to the mountains and are looking for some advice from those in the know then please do give us a call and we can have a good chat about what you are looking for and recommend resorts and even specific chalets too!
I’m sure for most of you, this won’t have been the first resort that springs to mind! We think “Serre Che” is one of the best options for non-skiers. First of all, the resort is linked with Briancon and its on the free ski bus route. Briancon has several UNESCO world heritage sites thanks to it’s Vauban fortifications. A medieval fort right at the top of the town. Within the walls is a real maze of little shops, bars and restaurants. A really lovely spot to while away the hours.
The other peak in Serre Chevalier’s cap is the thermal baths in Monetier, another part of Serre. Chevalier. These really are something special and almost a reason in itself to visit the area. For full details, have a look here: https://www.serre-chevalier.com/ete/activites/toutes-les-activites/bien-etre/les-grands-bains/
Serre Chevalier also features an ice driving track, dog sledding, parapenting and all the other alpine activities you’d expect.
St. Anton is more of a small town than a purpose built ski resort. It therefore offers more for people that aren’t there for skiing because the town has year round residents that need a little bit more than skidoo-ing to keep them busy!
The town has a great selection of shops and bars but the jewel in the crown is the state of the art wellness centre: https://www.arlberg-well.com
The other activity which always goes down well is a day trip into Innsbruck. Because St.Anton has itâ€™s own train station in the centre of the resort, getting to this historic market town is a doddle, trains run every hour and are relatively inexpensive. Innsbruck is a gorgeous town and well worth exploring.
Val d’Isere is one of THE iconic ski resorts. If you asked 10 people on the street to name a ski resort then chances are a good percentage would go with “Val”. Val d’Isere also caters for the non-skier very well indeed. The resort centre, albeit mostly purpose built has been beautifully done, the main thoroughfare is lined with shops and bars and plenty of places to sit outdoors and watch the world go by. Top tip, try the hot chocolate at the Chevallot bakery!
Val d’Isere also has a world-class aquatic centre with all sorts of activities: https://www.valdisere.com/en/activities-wellness/aquasportif-centre/
Another feather in the cap is the lunch spots accessible by lift, the most famous of which being the Fruitiere restaurant and it’s neighbouring apres-ski bar, La Folie Douce. These two spots are on the ski hill but thanks to the immediate access provided by the gondola, thats no reason for non-skiers to miss out!
We also love the walks available up the Manchet valley, These walks are directly accessible from Val d’Isere centre but also has a ski bus drop off point at the starting point too. This is really only going to be a viable activity during periods of fair weather because the tracks will otherwise be very snowy and slippy but on a sunny day, it’s a gorgeous spot to stretch your legs for an hour or two. If you have a dog with you, it’s also the best place in the resort for letting your pet have a run around during the skiing day.
Morzine is another resort that is a town first, ski resort second. Because of this, there are lots of different non-ski based activities to keep anyone busy. The main resort centre has a good selection of shops as well as plenty of bars and restaurants too.
The main resort swimming pool is something to behold, not only does it have the 25m swimming pool but also a kids pool and even a spa area too. Please find full details here:Â http://www.parc-dereches.com/en/indoor-swimming-pool/
Another activity which also attracts skiers too is the local ice hockey that plays in Morzine during the winter. It’s a super way to spend an evening and a bit different to chilling in the chalet or heading to one of the bars.
The another cool thing to do is ice diving! There is a truly stunning lake in the Montriond and here you can plunge into the icy depths for a look around!