Thursday, December 8, 2011

Luxurious Ski Resorts for the Avid Non-Skier

Often nestled into gorgeous mountain settings, with sensational views, exquisite fine dining, and decadent spas, a luxury ski resort can provide abundant amounts of bliss. While skiing may be the biggest draw, there are a lot of other reasons these five star sanctuaries bring people back year after year. The following are among the best five-star ski resorts that offer non-skiers plenty of reasons to visit.

Salzburg, Austria is a lovely destination for people who want to enjoy the delights of culture, the phenomenal natural surroundings, great shopping, and the magnificent Bad Gestein hot springs. If there are skiers in your group, they’ll be happy to know they have easy access to some of Austria’s finest slopes. For those of you with other pursuits, Salzburg will delight you with the rich history. The Hotel Goldener Hirsch has a long, 600-year-old past, and is literally located within walking distance of Mozart’s home, making Salzburg the ideal place to enjoy authentic Austrian culture and surroundings.

The Montage Deer Valley, Utah is a wintertime gem. Offering so many different amenities and rich surroundings, a getaway spent here will nourish all of your senses. While this property has received the highest possible rankings from SKI Magazine every year since 2008, it is so much more than just a place to stay at while you ski. The ambiance is warm, yet never ostentatious, with a running theme of craftsman design. The architecture stays true to the region, and the resort holds a vast collection of local artwork. The rooms have been created to showcase the splendor of the Wasatch Mountains with excellent views. You are invited to unwind wholeheartedly while basking in the glow of the gas fireplace, which are  staples of every suite and guestroom. The spa is a massive 35,000 square foot space that provides distinct services with an alpine flair, in addition to fitness classes. Superb dining options include gourmet, grilled fare at Apex, and sports pub classics at Daly’s Pub & Rec, which is also part bowling alley. Fun things in the area to check out include the Kimball Art Center, and catching a show at the Egyptian Theatre.

Stowe, Vermont is a luxurious and untouched location, and the Stowe Mountain Lodge is the premier place to stay. While it may be known as a ski town, the area is filled with natural beauty, and no matter what season, hiking here is to die for. With 50 nearby restaurants, spectacular scenic offerings, and Vermont’s first Audubon sanctuary, this pristine New England destination is as exciting as it is relaxing. The Stowe Mountain Lodge has one of the best spas in the area, and is a definitive must if you visit. This resort makes every effort to source local artisan products, while exemplifying the connection to the local culture, resulting in a very authentic experience.

So freezing temperatures, sliding around on slippery skis on icy, snow covered mountains may not be your thing. Whether the adrenaline of the adventure holds no cache for you, or you simply have no care for braving the elements while getting your thrills, it is perfectly okay if skiing is not for you. That means you have every opportunity to take full advantage of all the other amenities that await you at the best ski resorts!

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