To ski or not to ski? Are the Alps fun without hurtling downhill?

Is it possible to have a great time in a winter sports resort without actually strapping on the kit and going skiing or snowboarding? Our writer goes to Austria – to take it easy

I’ve never felt so out of place. We are standing in bulky, mismatched clothes we’ve never worn before, borrowed from friends. People jostle us as they squeeze inside the funicular train that will take us to the top of the mountain. Everybody wears a helmet and goggles, and carries skis and sticks. Apart from us. Welcome to our no-ski skiing holiday.

Of non-skiing Brits in the Alps 8% went walking, 20% shopped, 19% spent their time eating and 10% stayed in bed

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