The Nonskier’s Guide to Ski Towns

Here are a few ideas — soaking in hot springs, sleigh riding and sampling fondue among them — for the ski-averse traveler.

Comments: 24

  1. better yet, learn to ski! it's awesome.

  2. More than two off-handed mentions of New England would be appropriate for the Times clientele who predominantly skis in New England (or the Catskills).

  3. Pshaw! This is aimed at the folks with a private jet who can fly to where the good powder is.

  4. I totally agree - I was hoping for ideas in Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont but even the opportunities in Maryland where I am are worth a mention. Skiing is not cheap and getting to Wyoming is another example of the Times being completely out of touch with their readers. However most of it does sound lovely should I win the lottery!

  5. Burlington , VT. has access to several ski areas. It has grand views of Lake Champlain, a downtown shopping district, restaurants, nearby museums, U of VT. Not NYC, but it is not desolate as many other areas. Lodging is reasonable, but it is not slope side.

  6. I'm 35 year old female in athletic shape. Tried to bond with winter but hasn't worked out so far. Thinking of learning to ski- Am I too old to learn? Fear of breaking bones..

  7. If you don't want to downhill ski, try cross country.

  8. I learned to ski at 25 and snowboard at 31. Never too old!

  9. I learned to downhill when I was around your age. Skiied my butt off for years until a divorce changed my opportunities. After a remarriage my new wife attempted it but it wasn't for her, and my son, who had been my ski partner anyway, was older and involved in his life so I stopped going. Then a pacemaker dictated that I no longer ski anyway, except maybe cross country. If you get the right equipment and dress for the weather, skiing in a great way to bond with winter.

    Put on your big girl pants and give it a try. The most important thing is to get lesson from a professional, NOT a friend. Spend the bucks and get a full day on the slopes learning the basics. Once you get a passing grade you are ready to hit the slopes on your own, although I'd suggest you have a ski-buddy, maybe even a greenhorn like yourself, to go with. That was how I got going. I learned with my son and we both progressed together. Over time, I was better than him.

    There's a whole world to be seen on the slopes that you can't appreciate any other way.

    Of course the costs associated with skiing can be astronomical, but that is relative too. Good luck!

  10. @Bella, you are never too old to hit the slopes! Take it slow and you will find that this is an activity all ages can ejoy!

  11. Try skiboards...learning curve is zero = fun the first day

  12. Actually, the first stop for many Colorado visitors is the pot store.


  13. A desire to ski is optional for enjoying ski towns. These descriptions show that a desire to spend copious amounts of money is required.

  14. You need to separate the Iditarod racing and these recreational opportunities. From the website you linked:
    The campaign to help the Iditarod dogs is not a campaign against recreational mushing. Recreational mushing can be fun for both canines and humans.
    Recreational mushing and the Iditarod are very different

  15. So here is an idea! Take the money u were saving for VAIL, buy a ticket to Austria ( Innsbruck is closest) take an hours train to ST.anton Austria. ( in the 90's the TIMES HAD AN ARTICLE ON SKIING IN THE REGION) get off at the station walk Xinto The ski info office, or walk to visit the chalkets and B&B off the main road and book a room under 75 bucks!

  16. In st.anton Austria they have the original ski school rentals AND EVERYTHING! Not to mention amazing restaurants at reasonable costs and lodging for the adventurous skier u can do it on your own, I did! Lessons on the local beginners slope are by 19 yr old locals who want u to succeed and lunch break is in mini groups! You will love it! [email protected]

  17. Something else to consider--with ski towns out West in general and Colorado in specific--is the wealth of local breweries. There are great tours of breweries that are typically only open during skiing hours, but you can also enjoy these great beers as part of an outstanding apres ski experience, without the pain of having spent eight hours in ski boots.

  18. We went to Park City and loved the food tour we went on. Great for skiers and non-skiers.The food scene there is amazing. (

    And for those of you wondering how old is too old to start skiing - my father started in his 50s and down-hilled skied into his 80s. We should all be so fit!

  19. I have been skiing for many years and IMHO the cold and ice in the east is something to avoid if possible. Aspen is about partying and so is Park City. My favorite lift served ski area is Snowbird/Alta. I used to spend a week at Snowbird and then do a week of Heli skiing in BC. Bobby Burns is my favorite area with the middle 2 weeks of February being best. All of 2015 is booked and a lot of 2016. People from all over the world know this is the best spowder skiing in the world.

    My favorite ski area with great food is Chamonix France. It is a delightful town with a stream running through it and the food is incredible. The snow is not the best but the couple of times I went, we had several snow events with good powder.

    I had friends in their 70's that had been heli skiing for years. Yes they did not ski the entire day but wow what skiiers - they floated down the mountain like gazelles.

  20. Does Mont Tremblant finally have a trauma facility to treat accident victims? As a world class ski resort, it was unconscionable that they did not when Natasha Richardson had her fatal head injury. She could have been saved if they had a truama place right there.

  21. Ms Richardson insisted she was fine. Had she not done so, or had she appeared to be in any danger, she would certainly and immediately received first rate medical attention.