October 18, 2022
It goes without saying that at Ski Independence we are incredibly passionate about winter sports. However, we understand that a trip to the mountains is more than just skiing or snowboarding. A number of our regular customers don’t wear skis at all and instead prefer to relax, breathe the fresh air and simply experience being at one of our star resorts for pure mountain enjoyment. With that in mind, we’ve selected our favorite properties that will suit skiers and non-skiers alike – ideal if your other half doesn’t quite share your love of skiing!
Hotel Mont Blanc, Chamonix
Chamonix offers much more than skiing. It is a fantastic town to visit with an excellent choice of restaurants, bars and tourist attractions as well as spectacular mountain views. The town itself is charming and historic and it’s perfectly pleasant to just wander the streets.
An ascent of the Aiguille du Midi cable car to 3,842m is an absolute must for all visitors to Chamonix – skier and non-skier alike! If you’re feeling brave, the Step into the Void® experience will test your head as you stare into the 1,000m void below the glass floor! The little red train that will take you to Montenvers station is also an excellent excursion offering a breathtaking view of the Mer de Glace. If you just want to relax, the spa facilities at the magnificent 5-star hotel Hotel Mont Blanc are amazing. You will find a magnificent heated outdoor swimming pool with beautiful views of Mont Blanc as well as a fitness room, sauna, hammam and an excellent choice of spa treatments.
Hotel Mirabeau, Zermatt
Zermatt is a brilliant all-purpose destination with lots to do besides skiing. The biggest draw for visitors is of course the magnificent view of the Matterhorn, and the best way to enjoy this is to take a trip on the Gornergrat Railway at 3100m. Not only will you be able to admire the breathtaking panorama, but it is also a great place to meet the skiers in your group for a lunch.
The resort itself is utterly charming with traditional chalet style architecture, cobbled streets and an excellent selection of shops, bars and restaurants to explore. There is a fantastic network of winter hiking trails to discover as well as a museum, a toboggan run and an igloo village. The delightful 4 star Hotel Mirabeau has an excellent swimming pool and if you opt for a room with a view of the Matterhorn you can relax with a book on your balcony and just enjoy it all.
The Chedi, Andermatt
The superb 5 star Chedi Hotel is a destination in its own right – it’s just an added bonus that you can ski here too! We wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t venture out of this haven of luxury at all during your stay, but the village of Andermatt has a lot of charm. You will find cobbled streets, traditional chalets and a good selection of cafes and restaurants. With a ski area extending to Disentis, non-skiers can take the Matterhorn Gotthard train to Sedrun or Disentis and have lunch with the skiers in the group. If you wish, you can take the après-ski train back to Andermatt. – a party on rails.
The Chedi Andermatt has everything you could want to find in a 5 star hotel – a 2400m2 spa for the ultimate wellness experience, a choice of gourmet restaurants, spacious suites, impeccable service – you name it, the Chedi l ‘has.
Hotel & Residence Alexane, Samoens
Samoens is a picturesque and authentic village that exudes French charm. Here you will find pretty cobbled streets with a traditional square next to the church where village events take place.
Samoëns is above all a village where people live all year round and you will find a large choice of restaurants, shops and cafés. Live the full experience of the mountain by taking the Grand Massif gondola from the village up to 1600m where you will easily find your ski companions for a drink or a bite to eat. Or venture further afield and take the free shuttle to the nearby village of Morillon, also easily accessible on skis. An ideal place to meet for lunch. The hotel and the residence alexander enjoys a fantastic location in the center of the village and has a 1000 m2 wellness area with swimming pool, jacuzzi, hammam and sauna. Perfect for a moment of relaxation.
If you have any other top picks for skiers and non-skiers, put them in the comments below.
For all your ski travel plans contact our ski specialists and we will be happy to discuss your options. Speak to a ski specialist at 0131 243 8097 or ask for a custom quote.