14 June, 2024, 12:20

Winter Retreats for Both Skiers and Non-Skiers

From powder days in Jackson Hole to ice skating in Vail Village, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels has some of the most desirable mountain retreats in its portfolio for both skiing enthusiasts and those seeking alternative winter activities. Benchmark recognizes that not every traveler is inclined to shred the slopes. Guests can immerse themselves in snowy landscapes and cozy settings, ensuring an unforgettable experience for couples – one skiing or snowboarding, the other enjoying a range of winter activities.

Here are seven winter activities tailored for those who prefer to stay away from the slopes while their partner is conquering the peaks:

  1. Ice Skating in Vail, Colorado

For couples heading to Vail this season, both Manor Vail Lodge and Tivoli Lodge make great choices for accommodations. In the heart of Vail Village, bundle up, tie your skates, and enjoy ice skating on one of the most charming outdoor rinks.

  1. Snowshoeing in Lake Tahoe, California

With Forest Suites Resort as your home base, one can easily hit the slopes of Heavenly Mountain while the other partakes in snowshoeing. Lake Tahoe is known for its exceptional snowshoeing in the Sierra Nevada mountains. And not only is snowshoeing fun, but you can enjoy beautiful views while also getting a great workout.

  1. Snowmobiling in Iron Mountain, Michigan

Come winter, Pine Mountain Ski & Golf Resort attracts snowmobilers from the Great Lakes region. Its well-groomed network of trails connects with those in the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin, offering over 118 miles of scenic routes. From frozen waterfalls on granite outcroppings to wildlife-filled forests, enjoy trail-side restaurants and a unique Menominee River crossing via a trestle bridge.

  1. Sleigh Rides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

For an unforgettable winter activity, let Snow King Resort arrange a horse-drawn sleigh ride with unobstructed views of the Tetons, accompanied by a majestic elk herd numbering in the thousands. This adventure is made possible through the National Elk Refuge Sleigh Ride Program and is an experience one will not forget.

  1. Dog Sledding in Bend, Oregon

Add dog sledding to your list when you stay at Riverhouse on the Deschutes. Cozy up in the sled as a professional musher and a team of dogs lead you on an exhilarating adventure. Picture yourself gliding over the snow, taking in the sights of Central Oregon all from the comfort of an Iditarod Dog Sled.

  1. Off-roading in Manchester Village, Vermont

For a little bit of a different winter activity, The Equinox Resort & Spa offers a Land Rover Experience. Whether you’re a novice off-roader or seasoned adventurer, a session with Land Rover Experience Driving School covers expedition-style driving basics. Learn to conquer off-road obstacles like steep ascents, descents, side-tilts, log and water crossings, rock crawls and boulders.

  1. Tubing in Park City, Utah

During a stay at YOTELPAD Park City, try a classic thrilling winter pastime at Woodward Park City. Simply hop on a tube and dash through the snow on the longest groomed lanes in Utah, then get up and do it all over again.