With picture-perfect views, out-of-this-world terrain, and a charming environment, ski resorts in the West make the perfect place for a romantic ski getaway. Mountain resorts in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, California, and New Mexico offer a ski-centric atmosphere, yet not at the expense of romance.
Western ski resorts provide a never-ending panorama of diversely exhilarating ski trails, complimented by Western charm that is sure to delight and intrigue couples looking for a romantic experience both on and off the slopes. Here is a selection of some of the best mountain and resort destinations for a romantic winter escape focused on skiing.
Aspen Snowmass’s alpine backdrop is the ideal romantic setting for couples who love to ski. The mountain resort offers world-class terrain spread across four ski areas—Ajax, Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass—that are home to some of the best skiable terrain in the country, and what can be more romantic than cruising awesome trails together? If you’re looking for more than just an exhilarating day of skiing, romantic highlights include on-mountain dining at Cloud Nine, a “genuine mountain cabin” in the Aspen Highlands ski area, horse-drawn carriage rides, and the resort’s charming yet chic mountain town.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a great choice for couples who love to ski, even if they’re skiing at different levels—although the mountain is known for its expert terrain, fifty percent of its trails are beginner and intermediate trails. The resort offers complimentary guided Mountain Tours to explore the mountain, which is a great idea if you want to get the most out of your day together. Once the lifts close, enjoy a romantic sleigh ride, dog sledding adventure, or sightseeing in the village. Romantic lodging options include Guest Ranches and B&Bs, but the most romantic choice may be the slopeslide Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, a full-service luxury hotel and spa that offers special Romance Packages for couples.
Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort in Utah is a mountain oasis, a perfect romantic escape for couples who love to ski. At Sundance, you’ll find a sense of relaxing romance in the simplicity of life here: for example, the resort's suggestions include watching the moon rise over Mount Timpanagos or enjoying dinner by the fire place in a mountain cabin. There are a variety of on-mountain lodging options, and the resort also offers special romance packages for two, as well as spa getaway packages. Also, Sundance is a cultural mecca, hosting many events, the most famous of which is the Sundance Film Festival.
With its romantic alpine atmosphere, Sun Valley, Idaho is a great destination for couples who love to ski. Sun Valley Resort offers diverse terrain, with Bald Mountain’s abundance of challenging terrain perfect for skiers looking for a thrill and Dollar Mountain’s gentler runs for beginners to intermediates. In addition to skiing, be sure to check out the on-mountain shopping, spa services, and dining—Trail Creek Cabin is Sun Valley’s “romantic hideaway” that offers food with a western influence complemented by a great wine list. Be sure to inquire about the resort’s Dinner and a Movie special, where guests can enjoy a free movie after dinner.
Squaw Valley, located in Lake Tahoe, is an excellent destination for skiers looking for a romantic winter escape. With stunning views of Lake Tahoe and equally exciting ski terrain, expect a romantic adventure filled with over 4,000 acres of world-class skiing, out-of-the-world sightseeing, and a whimsical alpine atmosphere. When you’re there, be sure to grab a romantic breakfast at High Camp, where a delicious breakfast buffet is completely by amazing views of the sunrise. For the ultimate romantic vacation, consider staying at the Resort at Squaw Creek, a luxury resort that offers special Romance Packages for couples.
When you think of romantic ski resorts, a mountain in New Mexico might not be the first place to come to mind, but Taos Ski Valley is actually one of the most romantic ski destinations in the States. With unbeatable scenery, an average 300+ days of sunshine, over 1,000 skiable acres, and a culturally rich town make for a unique romantic ski vacation that won’t disappoint. While an array of on-mountain lodging is available, Taos is also home to charming alpine lodges, inns, and B&B’s that will complete your romantic experience, including the historic Bed and Breakfast Inn Hacienda del Sol, which was rated “One of the Top 10 Most Romantic Inns in the US” by USA Today.
Vail, Colorado is an excellent destination for a romantic ski vacation. The charming resort village, complete with restaurants and cafes, boutique shopping, nightlife to suit anyone’s interests, and an ice rink, is reminiscent of European alpine village and is the perfect place to relax with your spouse after a day on the slopes. And, with a total of 5,289 skiable acres spread across the Front Side, the Back Bowls, and Blue Sky Basin, relaxing will sound like a great idea indeed. After a romantic dinner at one of many of Vail’s famous fine dining restaurants, consider ending the night at Samana Lounge, an “an intimate late night club scene inspired by Paris, Prague and Amsterdam.”