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The Top 5 Resorts for Non-Skiers

When it comes to group getaways there’s no denying that a ski holiday is one of the most idyllic options for friends and families alike. And while for the most part, the opportunity to hit the slopes every day is a dream come true, there will often be at least one member of the group that’s just along for the après!

So, if the slopes are a snow-go from you, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 resorts and their alternative activities that are perfect for non-skiers…


As well as a plethora of famous mountain restaurants and a selection of quaint shops and boutiques, there are some very interesting options on offer for non-skiers in Zermatt.

What to do

For glacial views as far as the eye can see jump on the Gornergrat Railway. The cogwheel railway takes you up from the village to 3,100 metres above sea level. Take in the constant view of the famous Matterhorn as you ride through idyllic forests to reach the ultimate panoramic view.

If something a little closer to sea level is more to your taste there’s the Matterhorn Museum or perhaps a romantic stroll through the Hinterdorf, the oldest part of the village of Zermatt.

Finally, no non-skiers trip to Zermatt is complete without a trip to Vernissage. Home to an art gallery, lounge bar, club and cinema, a trip to Vernissage is an unforgettable experience that touches all the senses.

Where to stay

One of the foremost chalets in the Alps, Chalet Marmottière is home to a host of spectacular features including a huge indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, cinema room and wine cellar. Marmottière is also the perfect place to relax and unwind after an activity filled day with a hot tub, jacuzzi, steam room, hammam and sauna to enjoy. This true pinnacle of luxury will leave you wanting for nothing.


Despite being known as the extreme sports capital of the world, there are still lots of alternative ways to fill your time in Chamonix.

What to do

If you’re after a taste of high altitude then Aiguille du Midi, the highest cable car in France is a must. Billed as Chamonix’s number one tourist attraction, it’s the ultimate answer to drinking in the panoramic views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Valley as a non-skier.

If culture is what you crave then a trip to Musée Alpin is a must. Housed in a former palace dating back to the early 20th century, the museum tells the rich and fascinating history of the French Alps through prints, photography, rock crystals, costumes and ancient artefacts.

For a tipple or two there’s no better spot then ChaChaCha. Join one of their regular wine tasting events or take a seat on the terrace and share a glass of wine with friends in the warmer months. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of your favourite vino from the shop on your way out!

Where to stay

Situated within walking distance of Chamonix town, Chalet Couttet is the perfect spot to soak up uninterrupted views of Mont Blanc. The luxury self-catering option comes complete with a private garden, heated outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, wellness suite, five bedrooms and an enormous open plan living space.


It may well be known as the world’s ski capital but Courchevel also has a whole lot more to offer than just slopes and ski runs.

What to do

If fine dining is your thing then you’re in the right place. Courchevel is the ski resort with most Michelin starred restaurants, so there will be no shortage of impeccable cuisine on offer. Head to Michelin-starred Le 1947 for a taste of Executive Chef Yannick Alléno’s gastronomic genius, paying tribute to the natural treasures of the mountains.

Shopping lovers can also rejoice as Courchevel’s snow-covered streets are home to over 40 designer stores. You’ll find Chanel, Dior, Gucci and more as well as some of the finest jewellers in town for those extra special vacation gifts.

For something slightly more adrenalin fuelled, Courchevel also offers a host of non-ski snow activities. Become the ‘musher’ of your own huskies on a sledge drawn ride or test your skills on a skidoo at one of the organised snowmobile tours.

Where to stay

Sleeping up to 16 guests, Chalet Tahoe is a six-floor spectacle that will truly take your breath away. As well as being in strolling distance of the centre of Courchevel 1850, the chalet is home to an indoor swimming pool, giant jacuzzi, private gym, massage room, cinema and your very own bar. 

St. Moritz

Hailed as one of the most exclusive ski resorts in the Alps, St. Moritz has a lot to offer. As well as Michelin starred restaurants and designer boutiques, why not try these activities on for size.

What to do

For food and drink enthusiasts a visit to Glattfelder is a must. And while coffee and caviar may seem like an extraordinary combination, both can be sampled, tasted and taken home at this quaint, somewhat hidden shop in the centre of St. Moritz village.

If a day at the races appeals to your nature then round up the troops and head to White Turf, a unique, exclusive event with exciting horse racing, gourmet catering, live music and inspiring art exhibitions. Soak up the winter sunshine on the frozen lake among the stunningly beautiful, snow-capped mountains of St. Moritz.

Finally, check in to Badrutt’s Palace Wellness spa for some restorative royal pampering. Take in the spectacular views from the indoor infinity pool then restore and renew with a luxurious massage treatment.

Where to stay

The aforementioned Badrutt’s Palace Hotel of course! Situated amidst breathtakingly beautiful and unspoiled scenery, the Palace has long been hailed as a landmark in the centre of St. Moritz. Offering stunning lake views, discreet service and traditional elegance, it’s no wonder the hotel has been a favourite of celebrities and royals alike since its opening in 1896.


The poster child of Austrain ski resorts, Lech offers all you would expect from a luxury alpine village. For non-skiers, its picturesque beauty can be enjoyed in many different ways.

What to do

Take in the pretty chocolate box style village of Lech on a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride. Listen to the distant roar of the Lech River and feel the tingle of the cool mountain air as you enjoy the unforgettable panoramic views.

Trade skiing for skating by heading to the open-air rink in Zürs. Enjoy the crisp winter air whilst gliding along to great music with a warming punch in hand. For a romantic twist, head to the rink on Wednesday evenings for candlelit skating beneath the starry sky.

There’s no better way for non-skiers to enjoy the stunning scenery than a winter hiking trail. The 40 kilometre plus network of trails around Lech Zürs take you through a unique winter landscape with many picturesque staging points along the way to take a well-earned rest.

Where to stay

The Balegia Penthouse is a stunning self-catered apartment located inside a luxury residence. Each of the four bedrooms has wonderful en suite shower rooms while the luxurious living space offers the perfect relaxation space after a long day of activities.