Ski Bum Reviews top picks for the best ski towns for romantic getaways
By Emily Crofton
When you envision the perfect romantic getaway, what comes to mind? Is it
fireside cocktails surrounded by snowy mountains? Or a relaxing soak in the hot tub
after a long day on the slopes? If your answer is yes, then you’re in luck. Spending a
fun-filled weekend cozied up with your loved one doesn’t get more romantic. Eloping to
a winter wonderland on a ski trip can be the most picturesque getaway for couples.
From luxury accommodations to exquisite cuisine, ski resorts create an atmosphere that
will surely sweep you and your sweetheart off your feet. Whether you’re snowshoeing
through snow-filled valleys or pampering yourself at the spa, your weekend can be filled
with memorable experiences in some of the most stunning locations. With so many
locations to choose from, we decided to narrow it down to the top five best ski resorts
for couples. Each with its own unique impression offers a charming setting with
exceptional facilities, accommodations, dining, shopping, and memories that will last a
lifetime. Take your partner to one of these five ski resorts and experience an intimate,
Nestled in the heart of the White River National Forest and surrounded by the majestic
Elk Mountains, Aspen is home to four world-class ski destinations. This winter
playground, located in Snowmass, Colorado, boasts 5,517 acres of unbeatable terrain,
esteemed restaurants, and deluxe accommodations. From alpine or cross country
skiing to dog sledding and ice skating, there is something for everyone. Snowmass
Village offers ski-in-ski-out lodging, as well as slopeside attractions, giving you direct
access to the classic base area feel. Treat yourself to designer shopping and
award-winning spas and spend your evening enjoying a romantic dinner at one of the
100+ world-class restaurants. Explore beyond the mountain and experience the historic
downtown of Aspen where you and your loved one can enjoy the energetic nightlife.
Offering an all-around experience, from endless terrain to extravagant accommodations,Aspen is the ideal setting for a special getaway.
Where to stay
The St. Regis Aspen Resort
Embrace the extraordinary at The St. Regis Aspen Resort, a five-star luxury destination nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain. From our hotel's enviable vantage point, guests can enjoy world-class skiing or stroll over to historic Aspen, where luxury boutiques and charming restaurants beckon. Remède Spa, our award-winning wellness destination, is renowned as one of the world's premier hotel spas, while our heated outdoor pool and hot tubs overlook stunning Aspen Mountain. A host hotel of the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, our resort is defined by exceptional culinary experiences; Velvet Buck presents modern mountain cuisine and Mountain Social is the definitive après ski destination serving handcrafted cocktails. Retreat into sophistication in our luxury rooms, suites and residences, each featuring sumptuous 400-thread-count Frette linens, spacious marble bathrooms and custom furnishings by Ralph Lauren. Throughout your stay, our St. Regis Butler Service stands ready to assist you 24 hours a day.
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Residences at The Little Nell
Experience the ultimate getaway at Aspen's only five-star, five-diamond hotel with ski-in/ski-out access to famed Aspen Mountain. Relax in our spacious guest rooms and suites, wine and dine at two restaurants, two bars and two speakeasies, and enjoy elevated amenities and adventures. Luxurious services and amenities include ski concierge services, a complimentary mini-bar with snacks & non-alcoholic beverages, special amenities for children and pets, heated outdoor pool and hot tub, complimentary transportation services, Audi test-drive program, and a Health Center with massage offerings and a fully equipped exercise room. The Little Nell is your ideal home base for a perfect Aspen escape.
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Hotel Jerome has been the social hub of Aspen since its opening in 1889 at the height of the town’s silver boom, known as the place where all great stories were born and are told. As the only Aspen hotel to survive the silver crash, the long pre-ski-resort winters, and the Depression, we’ve seen cowboys ride through our doors, 10th Mountain Division soldiers gather round over pints after training on the slopes, and Hunter S. Thompson holding court during his run for sheriff. You can’t experience Aspen, without experiencing Jerome.
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This iconic ski destination is located in the quaint town of Stowe, Vermont. If you’re
seeking world-class outdoor adventure, iconic scenery, and small-town charm, this is
the place to visit. Situated amidst Vermont’s tallest peak, this four-season destination
offers premier alpine and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding,
snowmobiling, and festive sleigh rides. Take your sweetheart out to one of the diverse
dining options and round out of your day with a soak in one of the indoor or outdoor hot tubs. With a variety of romantic inns to choose from, your experience is bound to be
exceptional. If you’re wanting to venture out for Apres, choose between several live
music venues, wineries, distilleries, and craft breweries. Get cozy in charming Vermont
for the ideal romantic getaway.
Where to stay
The Lodge at Spruce Peak
Spruce Peak offers guests over 250 beautiful guest stay options, including The Lodge, a luxurious 4-diamond resort at the center of The Village, our large luxury rental collection and the highly coveted Spruce Peak Penthouses. Each guest stay experience at Spruce Peak is designed to feel like it’s truly a part of the mountain .
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Against the breathtaking backdrop of New England’s Green Mountains, Stowe Vermont’s allure arrives unforgettably at Topnotch Resort. Tucked into a 120-acre wooded glade at the foothills of Mount Mansfield, Topnotch is a grand definition of mountain spirit, a sophisticated gem where alpine luxury is served on an intimate scale. Wrap yourself in the warm hospitality that has made this resort and spa a mountain destination for decades – the ideal basecamp for Stowe’s exhilarating four-season adventures.
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Trapp Family Lodge
A Little of Austria. . . a Lot of Vermont! Situated on 2,500 acres in beautiful Stowe, Vermont, Trapp Family Lodge is a unique mountain resort featuring Austrian-inspired architecture and European-style accommodations. Our Lodge offers stunning mountain views, old-world comforts, and impeccable service, along with activities for every season.
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Surrounded by the jaw-dropping San Juan Mountains, Telluride is home to 2,000 acres of lift-accessible terrain and offers endless winter activities for you and yours. From snowmobiling to ice-climbing, the extensive list of recreational sports that are accessible here will keep the fun going all weekend long. Once referred to as the best-kept secret in Colorado, this small mining town has fantastic historic charm and a very easy-going vibe. That said, this exquisite ski destination does not skimp on luxury. With a variety of plentiful upscale hotels and rustic lodges to choose from, finding the perfect setting for your intimate vacation has never been easier. Looking for a unique and romantic activity? Try the magical horse-drawn sleigh ride or scenic gondola ride. From casual, lavish, and everything in between, you can choose the dining experience of your choice. Stroll the town and experience lively apres, between bluegrass bands to beer and film festivals. Telluride takes the best of both worlds and combines casual with luxury, giving you the option to make your romantic trip uniquely yours.
Where to stay
Madeline Hotel & Residences
A refreshed palette of earthen hues and artful details inspired by the texture and topography of the surrounding Colorado landscape infuse a renewed contemporary elegance to the property, invoking a luxurious and welcoming year-round mountain environment, and offering a chic yet approachable respite from Telluride’s active outdoor lifestyle. Curated by our team of Adventure Guides, with over 60 years of combined Telluride residency, create personalized itineraries with insider access to an endless array of one-of-a-kind experiences set against the breathtaking backdrop of the San Juan Mountains.
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Lumière with Inspirato
For travelers in search of a luxurious hotel stay in Telluride, Lumière with Inspirato offers just 18 boutique residences with five-star hotel amenities and a premier ski-in, ski-out location at the base of Lift 4 in Mountain Village. Our 18 recently remodeled hotel residences make the perfect home base, with ample space, high-end chef’s kitchens and dramatic mountain views.
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Hotel Fairmont Heritage Place - Franz Klammer Lodge
Located in Telluride, Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge is connected to the convention center. Palm Theatre and Sheridan Opera House are cultural highlights, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Telluride Ski Resort and The Peaks. Enjoy the area's slopes with cross-country skiing and snowboarding, and don't miss out on the ice skating and snowshoeing.
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
If you and your special someone are looking to escape the city life and truly experience a remote and stunning ski destination, Jackson Hole Wyoming is the place for you. Located in northwest Wyoming near Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole sits at the base of the Grand Tetons boasting spectacular views, miles of national forest, and rare wildlife. What makes Jackson Hole so special is the fact that it is slightly more isolated than most other ski resorts, giving it uniqueness and unmatchable beauty. The ideal getaway for couples, this destination invites an other worldy feel, with old western bars and restaurants, herds of elk, and majestic mountain peaks. Truly embrace the wilderness surrounding you and experience the west with your sweetie by taking a wildlife viewing sleigh ride or snow-tubing down Snow King for some good old-fashioned wintertime fun. It’s impossible not to wisp someone away in the midst of Jackson Hole, Wyoming so take your loved one on a remote winter wonderland getaway.
Where to stay
Hotel Terra - A Noble House Resort
Hotel Terra, rated as Jackson Hole’s #1 resort in the 2020 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, is a modern boutique hotel located at the base of one of the world’s most iconic ski destinations. Indulge in upscale amenities and breathtaking mountain scenery where indoor elegance combines with outdoor adventure… all within an easy walk to the tram and gondolas.
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Four Season Resort Jackson Hole
Are you ready for an adventure? In Jackson Hole, we’ve got plenty to choose from. Nestled in a verdant mountain valley, our Five-Star alpine Resort is surrounded by some of America’s most rugged peaks, celebrated ski runs and an inspiring array of wildlife in nearby Grand Teton National Park. Fuel up with a hearty breakfast at Westbank Grill before your morning ski, hike, bike, raft – you name it – then come back for a soothing massage in our Spa or a soak in our year-round, heated pool before meeting for dinner at The Handle Bar. In Wyoming, evenings are for kicking up your boots and gathering with friends and family around the fire – and we’ve saved you a seat.
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Snake River Lodge & Spa
Discover our Teton Village, WY luxury hotel. We are situated at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain in the heart of Teton Village, just 300 feet from the world-famous Jackson Hole Mountain Aerial Tram and one mile to Grand Teton National Park. The Snake River Lodge & Spa has guest accommodations to fit everyone's lodging needs. Select from 125 beautifully appointed traditional hotel guestrooms and suites. We also feature 30 two-, three-, and four-bedroom residences with full kitchens ranging from 1,400 - 4,500 square feet.
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Welcome to Hotel Jackson, located in the heart of Jackson Hole, and just steps away from shops, art galleries, restaurants, and the iconic elk antler arches of Town Square. Owned and run by a family that has lived in the valley for more than four decades, Hotel Jackson’s inspired interiors feature 55 guest rooms and suites and reflect a contemporary retelling of the traditional West. The goal of Hotel Jackson is to celebrate and share the area’s unique Western heritage while providing guests with every modern luxury and unrivaled customer service. And now, more than ever, we know how important it is to keep the health and wellbeing of our guests at the forefront of that service. Hotel Jackson: where nature, your soul, and luxury connect.
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Northstar Resort (Truckee), CA
Located near the north shore of glorious Lake Tahoe, Northstar is infamous for its laidback atmosphere combined with high-end luxury accommodations, dining and shopping. With over 3,000 acres of perfectly groomed terrain plus incredible tree skiing, you and yours can experience the perfect day skiing in the bountiful California sunshine. Easily accessible from Reno, NV, Northstar is an ideal ski getaway destination if you want to enjoy winter recreation coupled with on-mountain fun and a lively base area. Offering extravagant shops, five-star slopeside lodging, refined dining, and fancy amenities, Northstar gives you the mountain experience without sacrificing luxury. Treat your special someone to a day at the spa or head to the ice rink for a romantic ice skating date. Plan your special getaway at Northstar, CA and leave the rest up to the resort.
Where to stay
The Ritz-Carlton - Lake Tahoe
Guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe enjoy abounding activities year-round at the luxury hotel’s Northstar California location and its ideal ski-in ski-out family-friendly destination, just 15 minutes from Lake Tahoe. An indulging spa, slope-side heated pool and California-inspired cuisine create a memorable connection to this picturesque mountain setting, while the resort’s Residential Suites provide ideal accommodations for a family getaway.
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Northstar Lodge By Welk Resorts
Retreat to luxury with Northstar Lodge, located at the base of the world-renowned Northstar California ski area in Truckee, California—part of the North Lake Tahoe area. This beautiful vacation rental in Lake Tahoe is a ski-in/ski-out resort, complete with its own unique, pulse-driven gondola. Our resort hotel features exclusive exteriors with native materials for a naturally weathered appearance and luxuriously warm appointments to set the mood and create a high-alpine sensibility. All villas feature high-end amenities, including designer stainless steel appliances and ranch house style interiors. Other amenities include a private owner’s lounge, media theater, and ski and boot valet during the winter season. When it comes to luxury resorts in Lake Tahoe, nothing says Welkome home like a vacation at Northstar Lodge.
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East West Hospitality Tahoe
With exquisite sapphire-blue waters encircled by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it’s no wonder Lake Tahoe is a bucket list destination for so many, while even more coin Tahoe as their ‘happy place’. Perhaps it’s the intoxicating scent of pines or the trillions of stars brightly twinkling on any given night or outdoor activities to suit any person, any age, any time of year– whatever it is, Tahoe is simply magical.Stay with East West Hospitality to be in the heart of it all. Our luxury studios to four-bedroom residences are the ultimate setting for Lake Tahoe enjoyment and exploration.
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