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Top skiing resort spots that nonskiers will like

What's a couple to do if one skis and the other doesn't? Find slopes that cater to both of you. Here are seven from

Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Forget about Aspen, Colo., Jackson Hole, is an ideal spot for the experienced skier and lesson-taking novice. Or, explore the terrain on snowmobiles or Iditarod sled dog tours. Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are nearby.

Thirsty at the end of the day? Rustle up a drink at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, which has leather saddles atop the bar stools.

Verbier, Switzerland

Both quality skiing and a full schedule of nonski activities made this the Swiss choice. For skiers, backcountry and/or non-groomed terrain is some of the most challenging in the world. For nonskiers, there are hiking trails and tobogganing slopes — or bars and restaurants with the exquisite Alps view.

Verbier is also in the middle of prime cheese country, so visitors must make sure to sample the cheeses and Switzerland's famous cheese fondue.

KitzbUhel, Austria

Downhill skiing and cross-country and hiking trails. Events throughout the year, like the Kitzbuhler Christmas Market, give nonskiers something to do. Or they can visit Innsbruck, an 800-year-old alpine town, and Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and The Sound of Music, which are both within 60 miles.

Queenstown, New Zealand

It's summer there now but in six months, it'll be a great spot for skiing, as well as a variety of other adrenaline-pumpers, like a luge down concrete tracks or bungy on the Ledge Urban, which has a runway so you can flip and twist as you jump, or the Nevis Highwire that drops you 440 feet straight into a riverbed.

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Bordering Austria and Italy, Northern Slovenia and the Julian Alps are a growing skiing destination, but also a great destination for those who simply appreciate unspoiled nature. It also has a casino and hot springs for when visitors want to relax.

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Former Olympic host city high in the Dolomite Alps, it has plenty of activities for non-skiers, including tons of culture to experience. The European Christmas Market has mulled wine and roasted chestnuts and old-fashioned sweets. In January, artists transform huge blocks of ice into sculptures during the Ice Art Festival.

Chamonix, France

More famous for mountaineering than skiing, this spot attracts athletes and daredevils from all over the world, eager to attempt some experience on the 15,781-foot mountain. Home to famous apres ski spots, like Monkey Bar and Le Privilege, it's the second-most-starred region in the French Michelin Guide so prepare to eat well.

Top skiing resort spots that nonskiers will like 12/08/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 5:29pm]
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