What's a couple to do if one skis and the other half does not? Many resorts have made activities for non-skiers as big a priority as providing great powder to serve you both. To help you carve through a few of the options, the editors and members of online travel advisor VirtualTourist.com have put together a Top 10 Destinations for Skiers & Non-Skiers. Reuters has not endorsed this list:
1. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
In the perfect out west setting, Jackson Hole is an ideal spot for the experienced skier and a novice who is only considering lessons. In addition to class and private ski and snowboard lessons, the resort also has a wide variety of camp options to take skiers and snowboarders of all ages to the next level. If skiing or boarding isn't on the agenda, you can still explore the terrain without much exertion - there are great snowmobile tours, as well as Iditarod Sled Dog tours for a more historical experience. No trip to Jackson Hole is complete without visiting either Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Park; both parks offer ranger-guided snowshoe hikes from December through mid-March. Another highly recommended experience is the National Elk Refuge, where visitors can take a sleigh ride through the refuge and into the herd of wild Jackson elk. After exploring the natural surroundings, thirsty travelers can head to one of Jackson's watering holes, like the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, which has leather saddles atop the bar stools, or hangout at the base of the mountain for the aprs ski scene.
2. Verbier, Switzerland
It's difficult to pick one spot in Switzerland, but historic Verbier has both quality skiing and a full schedule of activities for those who aren't interested in moguls or powder. For the skiers, Verbier's off-piste (backcountry and/or non-groomed) terrain is some of the most challenging in the world. For those sans skis, there are 20 km (12.4 miles) of marked and prepared winter hiking trails and well-maintained tobogganing slopes. Verbier is truly the spot to experience the aprs ski lifestyle, especially this season with the recent opening of The Lodge Verbier, Richard Branson's private ski resort. Many of the piste restaurants and bars are easily accessible to non-skiers, so you can enjoy a drink on the patio with the exquisite Alps view. In addition to the usual winter sports and spa treatments, Verbier offers two particular specialties: cheese and