Hear me out: A ski trip is the most romantic trip you can take with your partner. Think about it. There’s action, there’s just a touch of danger, and of course, there’s snuggling up together by the fire with hot toddies in hand.
Indeed, taking a trip to the mountains is as good as it gets for couples. But some mountain destinations are just better than others for duos looking to connect at a whole new elevation.
Here are seven romantic ski destinations perfect for couples
St. Moritz, Switzerland
The Swiss Alps are a skier’s dream come true, making St. Moritz a prime spot for an unforgettable trip. The main mountain, Corviglia, hosted not one but two Winter Olympics, so you know the slopes are on point. As PowderHounds noted, it comes with more than 96 miles (154 km) of trails and off-piste areas and sits at a nearly 4,400-foot elevation. In St. Mortiz, check into the Grand Hotel Kronenhof, a romantic, five-star hotel boasting a full-service spa, private dining options, and massive suites you’ll never want to leave.
Big Sky, Montana
Have an awe-inspiring adventure with your better half in Big Sky, Montana. The mountain is absolutely massive, with some 5,850 skiable acres and plenty of backcountry to explore. It’s also a place with views so beautiful they make you question if you’re really living in a simulation. Make it an even more memorable trip for two by booking a night skiing adventure, where you’ll take to the mountain after dark with nothing but a headlamp to light the way. Check into the new Montage Big Sky, a luxurious retreat ready to cater to your every whim.
Want to visit the snow experts? Make your way north and pay a visit to Banff. The area is home to three different ski resorts — Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Banff Sunshine Village — that are all worthy of your lovey-dovey travels. You can even snag a ticket known as the SkiBig3 that allows you to explore them all on a single trip. To make it an even grander getaway, try booking a backcountry guided tour so you can have all the powder to yourselves. And book a few nights at the Fairmont Château Lake Louise, which has the best views from every single window.
The tiny town of Stowe may just be the very definition of “charming.” It’s quaint, inviting, and home to arguably the best skiing and snowboarding in all of New England. Come here to take on its challenging “Front Four” trails, or take it easy on its winding greens like Toll Road, which you may be able to do holding hands the entire way down. In Stowe, book a stay at the Stoweflake, a hotel located between the mountain and town that also has a full-service spa that will get rid of every snow-related ache you have.
Chamonix has a slight advantage over the other ski destinations on this list just because it’s in France, the nation known for romance. However, the mountain lives up to the hype. It’s a place renowned for its advanced trails, making it a great spot for couples who’ve been skiing their entire lives and are looking to take on a new challenge. It’s also home to the highest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc, which comes with a 15,780-foot summit elevation, making for one dramatic backdrop. Book a stay at the aptly named Hotel Mont Blanc, a chalet-style spot with thoroughly modern amenities located in the heart of town.
For couples who want to see and be seen on their ski getaway, there’s no better place than Aspen. The famed mountain is a celebrity hot spot, and it often doubles as a runway for the latest in ski fashion. But it’s also a mountain that’s made for serious skiers and riders, with challenging terrain that sees a reported 282 inches of snow per year, meaning you’re more than likely to hit a bluebird powder day while you’re there. In Aspen, check into The Little Nell, a long-revered hotel that’s also home to the best après scene in town.
Deer Valley, Utah
Deer Valley comes with one major caveat: It’s only for skiers. The mountain is one of the remaining few that bans snowboarders from its trails, making it a paradise for two plankers who are tired of getting snow plowed. Yes, it’s a place for true peace and quiet, so you and your better half can enjoy long, slow turns down the tree-lined trails. While there, check into the Montage Deer Valley, which comes with ski-in, ski-out access and a 35,000-square-foot spa. Plus, it’s just a quick drive from town, ideal for a romantic date night.
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