I was born in Quebec and grew up skiing in the Laurentians, so what I’m about to say might be sacrilege. But here it goes: I don’t love to ski. I love soaking in a hot tub. I love drinking hot chocolate in the lodge. I love exploring ski towns, talking to the locals, and the views from snowy mountaintops. But the actual act of skiing? I could take it or leave it. The time spent on the slopes is never my favorite part of a winter adventure.
Maybe you’re like me, and prefer to spend one day in ski boots and the rest of your ski vacation touring the town. Or maybe your go-to travel buddy loves to snowboard and you have a questionable center of gravity. Either way, there’s no reason we can’t visit some of the world’s best ski destinations and have a great time without clicking on a set of skis.
Here are nine international ski destinations that are perfect for people who'd rather pass on the powder: