Travel Picks: Top 10 ski resorts for non-skiers

Fri Dec 12, 2008 8:14am EST
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Ski resorts used to cater only to skiers and snow-bunnies but not anymore, with many resort towns housing first-rate spas, art galleries, shops, and top restaurants.

Travel website has compiled a list of the top 10 ski resorts for non skiers (here).

The list is not endorsed by Reuters:

1. Bad Gastein, Austria

The picturesque Gastein Valley has over 170 miles of well-groomed trails but its spas have been luring visitors since the 13th century. Treatments here make use of the natural hot springs, which, combined with mountain air and healthy levels of radon, are said to have regenerative effects.

2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Where else can you throw a snowball and burn your feet on a beach in the same day? At more than 73,000 square feet (6,800 sq meters), Ski Dubai is a large, opulent facility with five runs of varying difficulty, including the world's first indoor black diamond course, a "freestyle zone," snow park with options for bobsled rides and more, and two mountain-themed restaurants.

3. Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

Mont Tremblant has a plethora of high-thrill activities for non-skiers such as Acrobranche, an obstacle course of sorts that comes complete with Tarzan ropes and suspended bridges atop a forest canopy, dog-sledding, horseback riding, and sleigh rides.   Continued...

<p>Children play as they celebrate the last day of Eid al-Fitr in Ski Dubai resort at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai October 25, 2006. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah</p>