Ski Vacations for People Who Hate to Ski

A love for zooming down the slopes has ski lovers counting down till wintertime. And with that comes luxurious ski resorts in settings so picturesque, a camera doesn’t do them justice. Good thing those who loathe putting on ski attire or simply can’t (or don’t care to) master the sport can enjoy these locales without strapping on skis. These five resorts are the ultimate snow day getaway even if hitting the powder isn’t on the itinerary.

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St. Regis Aspen Resort, Colorado

All eyes turn to Aspen during wintertime. A slew of film festivals, celebrity sightings and steep slopes that steal the hearts of ski lovers are just a few reasons. Those who desire the action and picturesque views without the skis, look no further than St. Regis Aspen Resort. The luxury resort is nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain making it the perfect backdrop for photos. The classic guest rooms have custom furnishing including leather beds while suites come equipped with marble fireplaces. Relaxation is easy with the Remède spa, which has an oxygen lounge, steam caves, hot tubs, fitness center and the stunning Confluence waterfall. Chow down at the Chefs Club Restaurant where the menu features 20 dishes from 20 well-regarded chefs, including Daniel Boulud and Mario Batali. Ignore the winter chill in a heated outdoor pool or one of three outdoor hot tubs. Even better: the resort is walking distance from Aspen’s world-class dining, shopping and entertainment. Click to go

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Ah, Lake Tahoe—a romantic, beautiful and serene getaway that attracts more than three million people a year. It comes alive during wintertime with more than 22,000 acres of skiing. But at this Ritz-Carlton location, non-skiers can find the joy of winter through the resort’s other amenities. Foodies won’t be disappointed. There’s the casual year-round Backyard Bar & BBQ with raved about St. Louis smoked ribs and pulled pork sandwiches. Get pampered in the spa with 17 rooms and custom treatments like “Journey Through the Forest,” full body exfoliation and massage along with a private soaking tub. Let’s not leave out a heated lap pool facing the slopes, a eucalyptus steam room and fitness center. The rooms here are also noted for their beautiful views and gas fireplaces. Click to go

Montage Deer Valley, Utah

Less than five minutes from Park City’s Main Street, Montage Deer Valley offers the perfect winter escape. Hotel rooms are cozy with dark wood furnishings, marble bathrooms and gas fireplaces. And there are amenities galore. Montage Deer Valley boasts the largest spa in Utah offering massages, body treatments, facial therapies and an indoor mosaic lap pool. There’s also a heated outdoor pool surrounded by beautiful views. Food options are plenty with five restaurants, including Yama Sushi dishing out custom rolls; Burger & Bourbon serving American classics with local produce; and Apex made for steak lovers. The Vista Lounge & Terrace with stunning views, a fireplace and live music is just another plus. Click to go

The Sun Valley Lodge, Idaho

The country’s first destination ski resort (opened in 1936), Sun Valley Lodge has two mountains—Bald and Dollar—made for adventures. But there’s appeal for everyone here. Think: more than 10 options for food, including Konditorei for fireside coffee, hot cocoa and European pastries; and Averell’s where sandwiches are enjoyed mid-mountain. The fun continues with an on-site bowling alley, indoor virtual golf, a spa and weekly comedy or jazz nights. Lodging is just as unique with options that include cottages, village condos and townhouses. Click to go

Omni Mount Washington Resort, New Hampshire

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Traveling west for a snowy retreat isn’t always necessary. Omni Mount Washington Resort is a winter wonderland for skiers and non-skiers alike. It’s a dreamy resort with Spanish Renaissance architecture situated in front of a mountainous terrain. Enjoy a 25,000-square-foot luxury spa, heated indoor pool and hot tub, golf courses, snowshoeing, tubing, sleigh rides, ice skating and a zip line canopy tour. Dining options include a family-friendly spot for dinner accompanied by music and a steakhouse with a Montague oven. Sipping cocktails in the prohibition-era speakeasy with stone walls is also recommended. Click to go

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