Things to do in a ski resort if you don't want to ski
1. Night-time outdoor hot tub
Snow-covered mountains, dark starry night, decked terrace, sunken hot tub, steam rising into the chill of the night. You are post-sauna, pre-dinner, a glass of champagne in hand. A ski resort night-time hot tub is no ordinary hot tub experience. They are the ultimate in outdoor luxury experiences and no one is disturbing your moment. Night-time outdoor hot tubs: a must do and the very top of our list.
2. Daytime Fondue* eating
It is a vat of hot melted cheese. A vat... of hot, melted, cheese. And you are expected to eat all, of, it. Where else can you sit and devoured such a thing without reproachful glances and judgemental mutterings? No where I tell you, no where! There are of course fondue accessories, such as bread, potatoes, sometimes cured meat. But we know you are there for the cheese. And we respect you for it. Daytime solo unadulterated cheese fondue eating: totally acceptable in a ski resort.
*daytime, night-time, morning time, anytime.
Sure, you can get massages at home but massages in ski resorts are totally different. Firstly because you might have spent the day skiing; an activity not currently available within the M25. Secondly because there'll be a roaring open fire in the next room waiting for you to sit by; a private chef in the kitchen prepping your dinner; saunas warming; champagne chilling, hot tubs bubbling; all of which are magnificent ways to follow up a massage. I admit it's not exactly the same as home, where you can sit on the Northern line straight after for a sweaty 45-minute commute home. But still, we think it's worth some time... Ski resort massages: so much more luxury in a luxury ski chalet*.
4. Watch a torch lit descent
Hundreds of ski instructors, descending the mountain, in a long line, at night, each carrying a fire-torch or flare. It looks like a slow-moving line of fire slowly snaking it’s way down the mountain and it really is incredible to watch. Torch lit descents are weekly events in Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz, accompanied by fireworks, mulled wine, and handsome French ski instructors. So really there is nothing more we could want. Torch lit descents: taking the burden of skiing firmly off your shoulders.