Whether you’re stuck as the only non-skiier on a family ski break, or you’ve simply tired yoruself out on the slopes, it’s easy to imagine you’ll be pretty bored away from the ski lift. Actually, most ski resorts have a huge plethora of activities to keep you occupied both inside and outside, catering to a huge range of age groups and interests, depending on the resort you choose. If you’re more interested in the aprés-ski aspects of a snow resort, don’t fret – Iglu Ski have some great deals with famed resorts, so you don’t have to spend all your time in the snow.
There are some specific resorts more famous for their aprés-ski parties than for their slopes, so you’ll feel perfectly at home if you enjoy a sit down with a cocktail or two. Verbier, Switzerland, was made famous thanks to its parties on hit TV show Made In Chelsea, but Iglu recommend Les Deux Alpes, France, as a great party town for those on a budget. Of course, Lavigno, Italy, is great for a pub crawl and a haven for luxury shopping at discount prices.
Depending on the resort, you might even have the opportunity to engage in the age-old activity of mushing. You’ll sit or stand on a small chariot-like sled and enjoy a truly unique tour experience of being directed by husky dogs. You’ll learn how to steer the dogs in the right direction and you can enjoy beautiful tours of snowy scenes in the Alps or in Finland, so it’s well worth taking the chance. Of course, once the dogs finish their shift you might still be allowed to play a good game of fetch.
If you’re after a family-friendly resort, one of the best activities you can enjoy is ice skating. Most family resorts will have a fantastic rink, with skate school sessions to help children and beginners on their way, and you can usually enjoy a beautiful picturesque background as you skate. There’s usually a viewing gallery and café or bar just off the rink, so you can feel free to sit back and watch the kids go, or warm everybody up with a well-deserved hot chocolate afterwards.
Swimming Pool and Spa
If you’re staying at a chalet or a luxury hotel, you should be able to enjoy the spa with no problems – it’s worth asking in advance about facilities. Some gyms have gorgeous mountain views so you can enjoy a swim virtually within the mountains, or warm yourself back up with a dip in the hot tub.