Charming Ski Resorts to Visit in North America
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Ski resorts can be among the most romantic places for a weekend getaway. It's ideal because you can expend energy during the day on the slopes, then head to the village for an après-ski cocktail in the lodge. Imagine the luxury of relaxing in front of a flickering fireplace, eating a delicious meal by candlelight, and taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride as you cuddle in warm blankets with your sweetheart? Add in a couples spa treatment and enjoying beautiful mountain views, and you've got all of the ingredients for the ultimate in romance.
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This is truly the quintessential place for a ski weekend. Stay at the New Sheridan Hotel, which is a historic gem in downtown Telluride. Dine at Alpino Vino, which is similar to a dining experience in the Dolomites of northern Italy as you cozy up with sheep skin blankets. Or opt for Bon Vivant, an open-air, on-mountain dining patio.
There are three ski resorts at Banff and Lake Louise, and they're ideal for a couple with different levels of expertise on the slopes. Sunshine Village is great for beginners and intermediates, while advanced intermediates prefer Mt. Norquay, and expert skiers head to Lake Louise. And if you're lucky enough to be around on Valentine’s Day, you won't want to miss Lake Louise’s Valentine’s Day torchlight dinner and parade.
This is Canada's biggest and most impressive ski resort and it constantly claims top spots on must-see ski resorts. With more than 33.5 feet of snowfall annually, Whistler was the perfect host resort for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
In addition to the more than 200 ski trails for downhill skiers at Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, there is a wide variety of outdoor activities so that couples can engage in all kinds of winter adventures.
This is New Hampshire's largest ski area, and it's a favorite of many East Coast residents. Try staying at the Omni Mount Washington Resort. It's a white-turretted, red-roofed hotel that is a throwback to a more elegant era.
There's ice climbing and high-mountain ecotours, in addition to regular skiing options. At the hotel, there's even a speakeasy lounge that's a holdover from the Prohibition era.
Jackson Hole is a stunning town and it boasts some of the best skiing in the US. The vistas of Grand Teton National Park alone are enough to consider Jackson one of the most romantic towns around. We suggest Hotel Terra as a trendy, eco-friendly ski lodge with a modern decor. The lobby has fireplaces and antler-adorned walls, but they're complemented by pops of color and a contemporary vibe.
When you visit Taos Ski Valley, head to the Hotel Saint Bernard. This is the original hotel built by Jean Mayer, the French founder of the Taos ski school. It's directly on the slopes and it's charming with its dark wood, cozy bar, rustic restaurant and crackling fireplace. The rooms have an Old World flair, but the atmosphere is special. You can take ski week programs to improve your skills, and enjoy the beauty of New Mexico while on the slopes.