Who Needs Skis?
Obviously, the skiing is the star here.
But many Colorado’s 26 incredible ski resorts are worth a visit, even if you don’t want to strap into some skis. In fact, most of the state’s ski towns go out of their way to cater to visitors on and off the slopes.
Ski Magazine readers ranked the top ski resorts for non-skiers and a good number of Colorado destinations made the cut: Beaver Creek, Steamboat, Vail, Telluride, Aspen, Snowmass and Buttermilk.
We agree; those ski resorts are all worth a nod. But we also have a few to add, and we have some Colorado-native, insider tips on how non-skiers can get the most out of these destinations. Here are our favorite ski resorts for non-skiers.
Steamboat Ski Resort is our favorite ski resort getaway that you can completely enjoy without touching a ski pole. Year-round, highlights here are the outdoor Strawberry Park Hot Springs and the nearby Old Town Hot Springs.
While the skiers get frosty toes from the snow, you can bask in the naturally warm, bubbling, mineral-loaded hot springs and melt away your sore muscles and stress under the open sky. Go kayaking down the river, grab dinner on the banks at our favorite restaurant, Aurum, take a gondola to the summit for great views, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride under starlight and dine at Ragnar’s, a Scandinavian-inspired restaurant on the peak of the mountain.
Steamboat has been revamping its downtown area, which is great news for non-skiers. Yampa Street, which runs along the river, has been completely redone; the power lines have been replaced by white party lights, and increasingly more restaurants, shops and breweries are popping up here.
For the best inside info on what to do in Steamboat, reach out to the locally-run luxury vacation operator, Moving Mountains. This reputable company can help you set up your itinerary, connect you with some of the city’s best (otherwise inaccessible) vacation property rentals and make recommendations on where to eat, bike, hike, play and shop.