{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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  1. January 11, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    I’ve never gone skiing. It scares me a a a little bit. I’d love to go dog sledging though. I think that would be really fun! X

    • January 11, 2016 / 7:41 pm

      I am with you, dog sledging maybe but skiing now so much

  2. January 11, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    I would definitely be found in a spa, I cannot stand snow at all, so skiing holidays are a no no for me x

    • January 11, 2016 / 7:26 pm

      Hahaha my kind of woman lol

  3. December 17, 2015 / 10:48 pm

    Really like the sound of the dog sledding, and of course the spa – naturally!! We’ve not been skiing yet but it’s on our list X

    • December 18, 2015 / 4:46 am

      I know what you mean

  4. December 15, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    sounds amazing… sorry about your back tho… i love a spa day x

    • December 15, 2015 / 10:14 pm

      I want the spa day as well.

  5. December 15, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    I have never been on a ski holiday before, I don’t think that it is really my kind of thing if I am honest but it does look amazing. This is lots of great ideas for someone like myself who is not a fan of the slopes xx

    • December 15, 2015 / 10:17 pm

      I am the same, never been hence why these activities appeal.

  6. December 15, 2015 / 10:07 am

    I’d love to go dog sledging! it sounds fun! Ice skating is great too!

    • December 15, 2015 / 10:31 am

      I know right, both would be so fun to do

  7. December 15, 2015 / 9:27 am

    I used to skate a lot during my childhood. I’ve been banned from doing any activities due to my back condition. But I love the idea of seeing the views. That would be really lovely, especially, a spa. Ohh I need that now.

    • December 15, 2015 / 9:29 am

      awww bless, sorry about your back. I can not skate to save my life but spa I can do single handedly lol

  8. December 15, 2015 / 9:10 am

    I want to go skiing but not for the skiing as I have 2 left feet more for the pares ski. Cheese fondue. Hot chocolate. Gluhwein.

    • December 15, 2015 / 9:25 am

      Hahaha I am so with you on that 🙂

  9. December 15, 2015 / 8:21 am

    I don’t think I’d like skiing but dog sledding sounds so much fun! That’s right up my street. The spa sounds right up my street, too… I could really use that right now. xx

    • December 15, 2015 / 9:00 am

      I have never done any skiing before so to me I would go with spa and maybe try the sledding too

  10. December 15, 2015 / 7:51 am

    I agree with going to a swimming pool or spa I definitely need it right now. It would take away the stress that is for sure.

    • December 15, 2015 / 7:58 am

      Thanks Ana, normally people assume (me included) that ski holidays is just for skiing but that’s not the case

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