Your vacation rental is reserved, flights to your favorite ski town are booked, and your bags are packed. But there’s one thing missing.
Before you panic and try to cancel your trip, remember that there are plenty of exciting things to do in your ski town that don’t involve skiing.
“The thing I keep telling people is that if you go on a South Pacific surf vacation and there’s no surf, you’re still on an island on the South Pacific,” Aspen Skiing Co. Vice President of Communications Jeff Hanle told The Aspen Times. “People coming to ski and ride, they’re coming for a break and vacation with family and friends, so you can still do all of those things.”
Here are 4 ways to enjoy your ski vacation even if you’re not skiing:
Explore the Town
Every ski town has gems to explore that don’t involve the slopes. Head into town and visit some of the local shops you can’t find anywhere else, buy tickets to see a concert or a show, or see if the town you’re in has any art walks or other local events.
There are so many spots to visit that you’ll be as exhausted at the end of the day as if you had spent it skiing.
Eat Like a Local
While it’s tempting to head to some of the kitschy tourist spots in town, challenge yourself to eat like a local! Ask for recommendations at your resort, from your vacation rental host, and crowdsource from your friends on social media. You can also look for “best-of” guides written by locals or find food bloggers in whichever city you’re in. Take the extra time to go off the beaten path, and you’ll be happy you did.
The best part of a vacation? Unwinding and taking a break from your day-to-day life. Enjoy the time you have to unwind, spend time with friends and family, and catch up on aspects of your life that you usually might not have time for. Let the fresh mountain air calm you, and take this time to reset and relax.
Try Other Activities
Most ski towns have a variety of other sports and activities to offer its visitors besides just skiing – snow biking, ice skating, and stand up paddle boarding, just to name a few. You can see what other outdoorsy and sporty activities your town has to offer and learn a new skill.
Additionally, many ski towns have upped their production of manmade snow – even if the weather forecast isn’t looking too promising, there’s still potential for your favorite slopes to have snow on them, which means you’ll still be able to ski and partake in other snow sports.
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