You don’t necessarily have to be a family who enjoys skiing or snowboarding to have a fun winter vacation. There are many mountain towns that offer a plethora of activities that are both on and off the slopes. Some of these include beautiful ski lodges, snow tubing, ice skating, hot springs, shopping, dining, and a cozy atmosphere. So, with that said, here some of the best winter vacation for those non-skiing families.
The mountain and village at Whistler Blackcomb are situated less than two hours north of Vancouver, and they offer many activities for visiting families. You can go snow tubing, snowmobiling, and even go on snowshoeing tours. They have an art museum, a cultural center, Nintendo gaming lounges, and a peak-to-peak gondola ride that allows you to take in the mountains without skiing. For the adults, they have hot springs and massage treatments at the Scandinave spa while the kids can explore the Magic Castle and Tree Fort which is an outdoor play area for children.
Non-skiing families will enjoy taking part in the winter zip tour at Sundance Mountain Resort. You bundle up and then fly across the nearly 4,000 foot long zip-lines across Mount Timpanogos. You have the chance to ride doubles and race each other and control your own speed if you would like to go slower and take in the scenery. There is also the Full Moon Cross Country Skiing self-guided tour that lets visitors roam the forest trails at night with headlamps that guide the way. Another option is to go Night Owling which is a guided snowshoeing tour where you search for live owls while learning about snowy wildlife.
Located about three hours outside of Denver is Steamboat Springs which boasts activities such as snow tubing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, and horseback riding. They also have a mountain coaster for those looking for some speed along with fly fishing and spa treatments for those seeking a bit of serenity. You can also enjoy scenic gondola rides, snowshoeing tours and photography tours that allow you to take in the mountainous beauty and if you want a bit more height, hot air balloon and helicopter tours are also available.