For a romantic ski vacation, you want to go to a place with take your breath
away scenery, ego pleasing but satisfying terrain for both of you, a beautiful
mountain village, cozy on mountain lunch spots like a cabin or panoramic lodge,
and lively après ski bars – dance in your ski boots kind of places, cool
culinary spots for a romantic dinner and last but not least – luxury lodging
with a fireplace, outdoor hot tub, maybe even a spa. Let’s just say you don’t
need night skiing as your evening curriculum should be more horizontal than
vertical. Here are the most romantic ski resorts we have found in Colorado,
Utah, California, Montana, Wyoming, and Oregon.
Aspen Colorado is romantic- one great ski town, four ski mountains to choose
from, awesome ski to lunch spots like Cloud 9 at Aspen Highlands, Gwyn’s High
Alpine at Snowmass, and Ajax Tavern at the base of Aspen. Après ski is off the
hook in Aspen from Sky Lounge to the Limelight. For posh slopeside lodging, the
Viceroy has suites with balconies and fireplaces, and the outdoor pool and
Jacuzzis have gorgeous beds and fire pits.
Telluride Colorado is ideal for ski couples, with epic terrain, stellar scenery,
an amazing mountain village plus an authentic Wild West mining downtown reached
by gondola that runs into the evening for après ski shopping and dining. Ski to
lunch at the highest elevation restaurant in North America, at Alpino Vino and
you will feel like you are in the Alps not Colorado. Stay at the luxurious
Fairmont Franz Klammer Lodge in the heart of the classy mountain village, ask
for a fireplace suite.
Steamboat Colorado has beautiful mellow terrain, gorgeous aspen trees, and après
ski at Slopeside Bar. Or for a steamy ritual, go to the all-natural Strawberry
Park Hot Springs after dusk when its adults only, clothing optional.
mountain at the Steamboat Grand, and walk downtown for cowboy hat shopping
dinner in Steamboat Springs – also known as Ski Town USA.
Vail Colorado is big and beautiful with a great European style base village. Ski
the Back Bowls by day and browse Bridge Street at night – you will find so many
shops (love Gorsuch), pubs (Red Lion and Pepi's) with live music during
après ski in Vail village.
Only drawback, Vail gets busy – so go midweek, off peak for a more romantic
unrushed setting and stay at the original
Lodge at Vail in a fireplace suite with a view of the slopes or the village,
or stay in a gorgeous condo style hotel
Manor Vail at Golden Peak
steps to the skiing located on the beautiful Gore Creek. Visit Vail during the
Taste of Vail event in spring if you
love food, wine and a fun party scene.
Beaver Creek Colorado is Vail’s romantic sister resort. The Beav is posh, with
beautifully groomed ski slopes, a charming base village and a cater-to-you
staff. Stay at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek steps to the lifts, the outdoor hot
tubs are amazing. Lunch at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch, along leisurely ski
to see this grand Rocky Mountain regal lodge. Après ski at Beaver Creek, skate
on the ice rink or enjoy champagne and oysters at CBar.
Mt Bachelor Oregon is a ski-able volcano – kind of romantic and edgy to start (though
its dormant). Add to skiing this big 360 peak all day
staying in the hip Oregon
town of Bend and you have yourself a cool casual ski trip – best for beer lover
couples. Bend has so many local breweries, earthy cafes and artsy boutiques. For
the Boho ski couple, Bachelor is romantic despite its name.
Heavenly in Lake Tahoe California has namesake views of the sparkling blue lake below. You
can ski from California to Nevada on this big ski resort that borders both. The
snow is typically plentiful, the terrain vast, and the town of South Lake Tahoe
below is party-haven with casinos, dance clubs and swank hotels.
Deer Valley Utah is award winning for its impeccable service – so couples will feel
very catered-to from the beautiful lodges, brilliant service and buffed to
perfection grooming on the ski slopes. No snowboarders – sorry. The lodging at
the Stein’s, The Montage and St Regis are gorgeous. The cuisine at Deer Valley
is top notch and the Utah powder and views are pretty nice too. The fun town of
Park City is right down the road, as is Salt Lake City airport for convenient
Lake Louise Banffis so romantic, historic and has great two world-class ski resorts.
You can ski Lake Louise and Sunshine, and stay at one of the grand old hotels,
Château Lake Louise or Banff Springs Hotel. After skiing at arguably the most
scenic ski resorts in Canada, mush a dog sled team through the magical snowy
forest. For a quieter smaller romantic hotel, we love
The Post Hotel – very posh
and private with fireplace rooms and delicious dining.