{Travel} Best Non-Ski Activities For Ski Holidays

Best Non-Ski Activities For Ski Holidays

Whether you’re just exhausted from overdoing it on the slopes, or haven’t quite got your snow legs to go out, it’s nice to take a break on a ski holiday. It’s a common misconception that snow sports is the only activity when you’re staying at a ski resort – but of course, that depends on the resort. Iglu Ski offer deals with several resorts in Europe famed for their aprés-ski nightlife and activity, so don’t fret – you’ll have more than snow to keep you busy.

Swimming Pool and Spa

Staying at almost any resort – be it beach or slope – almost guarantees a swimming pool. If you’d rather keep out of the cold, a leisurely afternoon swimming in the resort might be just what you need. Some of the more luxurious chalets will have beautifully designed pools, some offering incredible views of the mountains, so it won’t be a day wasted. Of course, if you’re tired, a long pamper session in the spa might be just what you need to pep you up again.


  Even in the snowy wilderness, there’s plenty to explore. Lots of ski chalets will offer snowshoe, railway, or even helicopter tours of the local region, offering spectacular views of the snowy mountains – a helicopter tour of Verbier, Switzerland, allows for some great pictures of the Alps. Alternatively, you might want to venture more locally into the nearest quaint village, which is well worth doing – lots of the mountain villages in Europe have some amazing food markets to grab a snack or bring back as a souvenir gift for friends.

Dog Sledding

Going up a notch from a standard tour, in some ski regions resort staff can organise a mushing session for you – where you can enjoy a carriage ride drawn by four to six gorgeous husky dogs. These dogs are surprisingly powerful and you’ll be surprised by how exhilarating this kind of carriage ride can be. Of course, after the sled session is over and the dogs are off duty, you might even be allowed to play a game of fetch against a beautiful mountain backdrop.


Increasingly popular among the more family friendly resorts, ice skating is a great way to enjoy some sport without lugging about all the equipment. Most will have offer skate school sessions, where beginners or children can learn the basics, and is a lovely afternoon out. Most resort rinks will include a viewing gallery with a cafe or bar, so you can enjoy a hot chocolate or a cocktail afterwards to warm back up.


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