It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to the mountains. The thrill of sparkling snow and bluebird skies is not, of course, exclusive to skiers: the world’s most seductive ski resorts have a great deal to offer beyond their slopes.
Whether you enjoy horse drawn sleigh rides, spa days or nights on the tiles, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Here is our pick of the best ski resorts for the non-skier.
With four fabulous, well-connected ski areas, Colorado’s Aspen Snowmass has something for every powder hound. And for the non-skier? Well, if anything is going to make you want to learn it's the excellent Aspen Snowmass Ski and Snowboard School. But there's so much more.
Aspen is a glamorous place with knock-out shopping at international boutiques like Gucci, Prada and Ralph Lauren - and you can dance under the stars at the new W Hotel's rooftop pool parties.
At the end of the night, tuck yourself in to a room at The Little Nell (from £480), an effortlessly spoiling hotel for whom five stars are not enough and whose slopeside truffle fries are Elle McPherson’s favourite.