Family Ski FAQS: Will Non-Skiers Still Enjoy a Ski Holiday?

Snowy mountains, hot chocolate in a cosy wooden chalet cafe, snuggling up by the log fire… 

Ski holidays are as idyllic as you’d think… the combination of the fresh, winter breeze on your cheeks and the breath-taking, unforgettable views is something many of us dream about experiencing. But what if your children don’t enjoy skiing or have members of your party who are too old/young/unable to ski? Can you still enjoy a family holiday in a winter wonderland? The answer is definitely yes! There are so many things you can get up to on a family ski holiday without being confined to the slopes such as:

  • Visit nearby towns, museums & local events
  • Learn to snowboard
  • Sleigh rides & dog sledding
  • Adventure parks
  • Thermal pools and hot tubs
  • Ice fishing
  • Ice skating/hockey
  • Igloo/snowman building (goes without saying)
  • Stargazing

Our own ski destinations are packed with fab activities like these to entertain non-skiers of all ages. Here are our top 3 family ski resort picks that have the best of both worlds:

Our Top 3 Family Ski Picks for Non-Skiers

Les Gets Resort

For some fun outdoors, have a go at ski-joering where a horse will pull you through the magical snowy surroundings!

Les Menuires

Kids will love the children’s night sledging, Wednesday evenings from 5pm-7pm.

La Plagne Resort

The La Plagne Bobsleigh was originally built for the Winter Olympics, but is now open for guests to enjoy!

What Activities are Available?

Non-Ski activities for tiny tots…

Within our top 3 non-ski resorts, you’ll be able to find a selection of entertaining activities for your little ones to enjoy throughout your time. If you have tots that aren’t quite ready for the slopes, these activities are ideal:

  • The Mini Marmots sessions. These include in-chalet childcare from 9am-5pm, six days a week.
    Activities include all sorts of fun options such as:
  • baking cookies
  • song time
  • holiday book creation
  • sensory play
  • For children aged 3-12 years, Mountain Marmots provides an opportunity to try out ski sessions, with a qualified instructor who’ll let your kids enjoy a taste of the slopes.
  • If your tots still aren’t keen to ski, they can join Monty’s Afternoon Club which includes:
  • outdoor play
  • lunch, games
  • tobogganing
  • arts, crafts
  • snowman making

Every chalet also has a dedicated playroom packed with board games, puzzles, toys, books and DVDs. Available in every chalet for an additional cost, childcare is suitable for ages 4 months-12 years and must be booked in advance.

Non-ski activities for adults and older kids:

Don’t worry mum and dad, there’s plenty for you and your slightly older children to do too! There will never be a dull moment during your stay with all of these thrillling, exciting and mesmerising activities…

  • Roc n Bob and Speed Mountain toboggan runs
  • Roc n bike mountain biking
  • Skidoo snowmobiles
  • Aqua pool with sauna and Jacuzzi
  • Soft play fun park
  • Restaurants and cafés
  • Dog sledding
  • Paragliding
  • Husky pulling sled rides
  • Cinema
  • Swimming pool
  • Giant zip-slide
  • Ice skating
  • Bowling
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Snowshoe walks through beautiful scenery
  • Spa pass for the Marmot Chalet Hotel
  • Mechanical Music Museum

There’s also plenty of cafes and restaurants to enjoy. Not forgetting that each chalet has access to a hot tub, steam room and/or sauna…. The ideal way to defrost after hours of fun in the snow with your family!


Olivia Frost
Olivia Frost

Olivia is a Digital Marketing Exec at Tots to Travel, talented film maker, production researcher, journalist and copywriter. She’s actually amazing.

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