(Tripsavvy) – Thinking about taking a winter vacation at one of North America’s ski resorts? These are among the most romantic ones for couples in the United States and Canada.
Here’s what makes a ski resort ideal for a couple: Great skiing, naturally; romantic settings and activities for adults, of course; and a nearby town for nights out and days to explore.
The following ski resorts will meet those needs and offer much more, including scenic beauty, fine food, terrific accommodations (working fireplace is a plus), non-ski pursuits, engaging local attractions, shops that display winter’s best (and warmest) gear, and nightlife.
All of these ski resorts offer ski equipment rentals and ski lessons for beginners.But if all you want to do is sit by a fire with a warm drink and watch it snow from your romantic aerie, these places fill the bill as well.
Killington Ski Resort (Killington, Vermont)
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Killington Ski Area, Killington, VT 05751, USA
Killington in central Vermont is the state’s largest ski resort and enjoys one of the longest ski seasons in the Eastern United States.In addition to having six separate base lodges, there’s a variety of activities including the all-natural terrain park, whose features include a 500-foot-long Superpipe with 18-foot walls. Killington is also reputed to have Vermont’s best nightlife during the snowy season.
Where to Stay: Half an hour northwest of Killington, Mountain Top Inn & Resort rents both rooms and cabins, so why not splurge and book a spacious, private, adults-only cabin? With a king-sized bed and wood-burning fireplace, you’ll be inside a winter wonderland.
Mont Tremblant Ski Resort (Quebec, Canada)
View of Mont Tremblant
Mont Tremblant resort is a small and charming ski village that surrounds the slopes. Its restaurants and shops are walkable, and you can warm up beside strategically located fire pits.
Where to Stay: The best full-service hotel in town, Fairmont Mont Tremblant features a spa, health club with whirlpools and swimming pools, and it’s steps away from the pedestrian village and ski area.A ski valet, ski rental shop, and ticket counter enable couples to get on the slopes sooner.
Whiteface Ski Resort (Lake Placid, New York)
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5021 NY-86, Wilmington, NY 12997, USA
PHONE +1 518-946-2223
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This former Olympic Village has morphed into the Olympic Sports Complex.Here, couples can experience facilities used by world-class athletes in this activities-rich resort town, including the Olympic Cross Country ski trails.In the Complex, you can even hug your honey tight as you hurtle down the bobsled run, where winter athletes strived for the gold.
Where to Stay: Oh, the bathtubs for two at the luxurious Mirror Lake Inn! Not all the accommodations have them, so ask for one of the sensuous Colonial House Luxury Suites, which also have an unobstructed view of the Lake.You can warm up with side-by-side massages in the spa or quaff a local craft beer in The Cottage.And be sure to dine at least once at The View, where the cuisine is as exceptional as the vista.
Park City Mountain Resort (Park City, Utah)
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1345 Lowell Ave, Park City, UT 84060-5115, USA
PHONE +1 435-649-8111
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Utah’s towering Wasatch Mountains are home to one of the largest ski resorts in the United States, and Park City’s dynamic downtown area offers a great selection of restaurants, boutiques, and bars for après-ski.Crowded during the annual Sundance Film Festival, which stretches from the end of January to the start of February, it’s calmer the rest of the winter.
Where to Stay: There’s a wealth of exceptional resorts here, many with amenities that offer the ultimate in luxury such as the services of ski butlers at the Waldorf Astoria Park City.At Robert Redford’s Sundance, don’t expect the actor to turn up as your ski instructor.Yet Sundance Resort is infused with his spirit and eco-conscious sensibility.
Heavenly Ski Resort (Lake Tahoe, Nevada)
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4080 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA
PHONE +1 775-586-7000
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Picnic at 9,000 feet, soak in natural hot springs, go snowmobiling, hot-air ballooning, kayaking, take a romantic sleigh ride, and so much more here on the Nevada-California border.Skiers appreciate the wide-open terrain among its 4,630 skiable acres, views of the Azure lake as they make their way downhill, and the dazzling night-time entertainment that awaits.
Where to Stay: Although Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino stands lakeside with its own beach, the hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and around Incline Village.Plus there’s a heated outdoor whirlpool just for adults and you can dine fireside at Lone Eagle Grille.
Taos Ski Valley (Taos, New Mexico)
Skiers and snowboarders in Taos
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Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525, USA
Uncrowded slopes at the southern end of the R