You don’t ski. But you’re tagging along with friends and family to the mountain. Have no fear—here are seven mountains with amazing things to do—no skis required.
If you want fun, adventure and speed—just not on skis, Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures' Zipline Canopy Tour has you covered with everything you need to glide through the trees. Open year-round, this outdoor course includes 7 ziplines measuring more than 5,000 ft, four bridges, two hikes, two off-road rides and the final "leap of faith." Take the plunge with two experienced guides who reveal the beauty of the Finger Lakes below and above the trees.
Warm up at Cascades Indoor Waterpark where a whitewater wave pool, interactive play structure, water basketball pool, and four rapid water slides will make you forget it's winter outside. For mountain views without skis, check out Fat Bikes at the Nordic Center. The wide, heavy-duty tires are built for high- or low-mountain terrain so you can cruise over snow-packed trails. Need a little TLC after that workout? Chillout or warm-up at Waterfalls Spa where massages, facials, and nail services leave you feeling refreshed and ready for more adventure.
Wind down at the Falling Waters Spa where you can indulge in body therapy while enjoying full access to the indoor/outdoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna, and exercise room. After, stop by the Holiday Valley Mountain Shops for outerwear, technical gear, and winter accessories. Interested in exploring? A quick cab to Ellicottville lets you stroll through the village where you'll find artistic, cozy vibes throughout the local shops, galleries, and restaurants.
The fastest, highest zipline in North America, Hunter's year-round Zipline Canopy Tours offer the ultimate mountain high. Low-key riders should check out the Mid-Mountain Tour for a snow-studded Catskill landscape. If a zipline ride through the mountains isn't your thing, check out the tubing park with more than 20 chutes, or warm up with a deep-tissue massage at the Mountain Club Spa at the slopeside Kaatskill Mountain Club resort, where guests can also take a dip in the year-round heated outdoor pool, or soak in al fresco hot tubs.
Living up to its name, Six Flags Great Escape Indoor Waterpark is your personal escape from the chilly slopes. A short seven-minute drive from West Mountain, the park hosts 38,000 square feet of swirling, curling water rides at a balmy 82 degrees. Like so many great adventures, no experience is complete without a little R&R—check out Rejuvenations Spa Services down the road for massage therapy, nail, and skin care. If you find yourself missing the mountains, head back to West Mountain's Tube Park for a speedy shot down the snowy slopes.
Home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, non-skiers get their adrenaline rush at the Olympic Bobsled Experience where you can plummet down the same icy tracks as the world's greatest racers. Later, experience the action first-hand at the Olympic Jumping Complex where you can catch the Lake Placid Freestyle Nor-arms demonstrating their skills, flips, and tricks. No jumpers? No problem—the Jumping Complex is open year-round for visitors soak in 360-degree panoramic views of the Adirondacks High Peaks. Don't forget to skate the Olympic oval, tour the Herb Brooks Arena, and relax at the mountain spa.
A full-body massage, steamy shower, and yoga overlooking the serene Catskill Mountains—that's our kind of snow day. Find all of this at Windham's Alpine Spa, your slope-side retreat for peace and tranquility that includes saunas, facials, and soothing treatments. Need some fresh air? The Adventure Park offers tubing, ice skating, and kids' snowmobiling.