Ski resorts want you to bring your ski-hating family

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 11, 2009 12:07 pm

Want to go skiing this weekend but are stuck with your non-skiing family?  There are a number of resorts that have boosted their “off the slopes” attractions that are focused on “those who don’t ski or ride.”  Sugarloaf boasts that non-skiers can enjoy their saunas, fine dining, and if music is their scene Sugarloaf says they have “the best local bands as well as some headliners.” On the band front, Carrabassett Valley mountain has been known to have “John Hiatt, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, the Derek Trucks Band and the Rustic Overtones” with low priced tickets from $10-$30.

While Shawnee Peak has been known to host live music, the resort also brings comedians and offers 25% saturation of WiFi internet for their lodge “so parents can watch their children while surfing the internet.”  Shawnee Peak’s Melissa Rock claims that “as much as we want people to learn to ski, we know some are just not going to. They can set up shop in front of a window and look out.”

Darci Liberty, director of communication for Sunday River states that his resort features “live music at the Foggy Goggle and a relocated ice skating rink, the gondola rides will be coupled with fine dining at the top of the North Peak every Saturday.”  Sunday River also changes their menu weekly so that repeat customers “will always have something new to enjoy at our restaurant.”