Best US Ski Resorts for Couples (17 Resorts)
What is your idea of a romantic vacation? For some, it could be a spur of the moment getaway in the nearest tourist destination. For others, it could be that long-planned summer escapade in the tropics.
But, for the more adventurous, a romantic vacation is synonymous to hitting the slopes, feeling the cold wind on their face as adrenaline pumps in their blood all the while thinking of the après ski to follow.
Indeed, a ski holiday can have the same dose of romance as that of traditional city breaks that more and more couples are starting to enjoy today.
From the luxurious accommodations, world-class spa facilities, mouthwatering cuisine, and the spectacular scenery of the mountains, a ski trip is no doubt one for the books.
If you and your partner are among those couples who would rather go all out than do nothing, these 17 resorts are your best choices for the most unforgettable ski getaway you have always dreamed of!
1. Aspen/Snowmass Ski Resorts, Colorado
Spend your day skiing at one of the four resorts of Aspen Snowmass then fill your tummy in the evening at one of the first-class restaurants of Aspen with your special someone.
Aspen/Snowmass provides couples with the complete experience they could ever ask for during a ski vacation.
This is where sweethearts can have a great time sipping that much-deserved champagne at The Oasis, the highest champagne bar in the world, presented by Little Nell hotel. Snowcats tow this mobile champagne bar and relocate it to another slope every weekend during spring months.
Couples can also book a reservation at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro on Aspen Highlands to get a taste of traditional Swiss/Austrian cuisine paired with even more champagne.
The outdoor patio is a wonderful spot on sunny days where you can soak in the warmth of Colorado sun and be captivated by the stunning views of Elk Mountain.
Buttermilk is not just recommended for early intermediates and beginners since the Tiehack summit of the resort also offers some of the finest photo opportunities in Aspen.
Lovebirds can cozy up at Ullr Nights bonfire at Snowmass or spend the night dancing in Elk Camp lodge.
For couples searching for an elegant hotel in Aspen close to downtown shopping and dining, St. Regis Aspen is a great place to stay.
Make sure you also schedule an afternoon of rejuvenation at the esteemed Remède Spa.
2. Beaver Creek Ski Resort, Colorado
Glide around holding hands at the village ice rink of Beaver Creek or enjoy a memorable and intimate meal at Beano’s Cabin, the high-alpine restaurant accessible only through a romantic snowcat-drawn sleigh ride.
The self-contained village of Beaver Creek is a wonderful option for couples who don’t want to deal with guesswork when planning their romantic ski getaway.
There are tons of marvelous dining experiences in the village both off and on the mountain.
Beaver Creek is the best place to be for energetic couples who love to stay busy with its long list of exciting activities such as McCoy Park’s Nordic skiing. Ritz Carlton’s Spago is an outstanding spot to enjoy a night of fine dining.
3. Breckenridge, Colorado
Breckenridge, with its original settlers arriving in 1859, was able to maintain the same charm of the Victorian period during the peak of the gold rush.
The friendly and down to earth environment was also able to endure its transformation from being a simple town that mines gold and silver to one of the most beloved skiing destinations of the country.
On top of that, Breck, as to how locals call the place, is also a short drive from the rest of the top destinations in Colorado such as Denver at 80 miles northeast and Vail at 40 miles northwest.
Runs on Tenmile Range define the cold days of winter in Breck with nights spent downtown to refuel at the bars and restaurants and the selection of breweries as well as a distillery.
When summer months come, winter sports get switched out with cycling and hiking.
However, one thing is for sure. Whatever the season might be, the star-studded night sky and the majestic sunset of Breckenridge are true natural wonders to behold that will make any couple want to come back every year.
4. Big Sky Resort, Montana
Big Sky Resort gets 400 inches of snow on the average every year.
It also offers stunning views of two national parks and three states from the top of Lone Peak Tram.
After you traversed the skiable terrain of over 5,000 acres or as much of it as you could possibly handle, don’t miss out riding the 1,500-foot adventure zip line that sits 150 feet on top of the forest.
If you prefer a calmer excursion, you can go on a mountain exploration with the scenic snowshoe or bask in the beauty of the nearby Yellowstone Park right inside the comforts of a snowcoach.
5. Heavenly Ski Resort, Nevada
Heavenly Ski Resort located on the border of Nevada and California lives up to its name as this is where you can get a taste of all the heavenly activities no matter what your preferences might be.
Ride a kayak or hot air balloon, go snowmobiling, soak in the natural hot springs, enjoy a picnic at 9,00 feet, or take that romantic sleigh ride with your significant other.
Ski fans love its wide-open terrain of 4,630 acres coupled with the views of the lake while they cruise downhill.
A bustling nightlife scene also awaits you after dark.
The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort can be found at the lakeside with its very own beach.
They offer their guests with complimentary shuttle service around and to Incline Village. Couples will enjoy soaking in the heated outdoor whirlpool or dining fireside at the Lone Eagle Grille.
6. Killington Ski Resort, Vermont
The largest ski resort of Vermont also happens to have one of the Eastern United States’ longest ski seasons. Aside from the 6 separate base lodges, the resort offers diverse and acclaimed skiing second to none.
Its all-natural terrain park attracts adventurers with the superpipe with a length of 500 feet and alls of 18 feet. Killington has bustling nightlife during wintertime so you don’t have to worry about getting bored during your stay.
A half-hour away from Killington, you will find Mountain Top Inn & Resort that provides roomy private cabins aside from the main rooms.
They also have king-sized beds and fireplaces with burning wood to give you that ultimate feeling of being in a winter wonderland.
7. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
For those couples who prefer to spend some quite time together, the relatively remote location of Jackson Hole means that its resorts have top-notch slopes free from crowds.
Vacationing couples can also rest a while from skiing to grab something to eat at the restaurant on the side of the slope, go on a wildlife safari or just relax in the outdoor hot spring.
Jackson Hole grew to become a word-class ski destination for the past several years and you will know the reason why once you walk around the streets of the town square with shimmering antler arches after spending a day on North America’s most taxing in-bounds terrain.
Refined but soulful, elegant but wild, Jackson lures ski vacationers to its captivating laidback valley.
Cuddle up in front of a roaring fireplace, unleash your wild side in the town at night or pamper yourself with luxury spa treatments during your stay.
8. Steamboat Springs, Colorado
With its name inspired by its renowned hot springs, there is no denying that Steamboat Springs is the top destination for adventure junkies and nature lovers.
Working ranches surround the area but visitors are enticed with its exciting selection of outdoor pursuits. Camping and fishing are some of the favorite summer activities while winter months are perfect for snowmobiling and snowshoeing.
However, skiing still remains as the most popular activity in the city. With approximately 3,000 skiable acres and rates easier on the wallet compared to other ski destinations, Steamboat Springs that took the nickname Ski Town, USA is the most ideal place for shredding powder.
It doesn’t matter what season you choose to visit because you can kick start your vacation by riding the Steamboat Gondola to take in some picturesque views.
Those who love the great outdoors can go hiking to Fish Creek Falls, ride a bike at Yampa River Core Trail or hit the slopes at the Steamboat Ski Resort.
Those who are looking for authentic rest and relaxation should head to the mineral pools of Strawberry Park Hot Springs.
If you and your partner prefer more urban pursuits, don’t worry because there are over 100 restaurants and bars in downtown Steamboat Springs.
This is also where you can find the Tread of Pioneers Museum and art galleries.
And on those days when the weather doesn’t seem to work in your favor, you can always head to the Howelsen Ice Arena and The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs for ice skating, tennis, and more.
9. Stowe, Vermont
This resort in Vermont provides trails that are guaranteed to satisfy all snowboarders and skiers together with a plethora of backcountry opportunities in un-groomed terrain that spans for 18 miles.
If you want something a little bit calmer way of experiencing the great mountains, you can go on a gondola ride to the very peak of the highest state of the mountain, Mt. Mansfield.
And after you spend your whole day on the slopes, a 40-minute drive will take you to the nearby Burlington where you can enjoy the eccentric restaurant scene paired with some of the state’s best craft beer.
10. Sun Valley Resort, Idaho
The Sun Valley Resort is composed of two different mountains and gets 120 days of sunshine out of the 150 days of ski season. You can take the Mountain Masters lesson for you to enjoy the resort’s toughest terrain.
If you want to take on an extra challenge, you can also sign up for the helicopter skiing so you can explore the deepest powder you have ever skied.
After that, you can relax with a horse-drawn sleigh ride to spend a romantic evening at the cabin where you can enjoy some delicious dinner while taking in the picturesque surroundings around you.
11. Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico
At the southern tip of Rocky Mountains, you will find the Tao Ski Valley where people go to find slopes with lesser crowds.
This resort located in the renowned Sangre de Cristo range is the union of the cultures of Native American, European, and Spanish Colonial of the Southwest.
This is where you can ski to your heart’s delight and ride a snowmobile. The thriving art scene of the area is also another reason why Taos and the nearby Santa Fe is very appealing to couples.
El Monte Sagrado is the eco-chic and one of a kind accommodation in the area with lush indoor spa that also got its very own saltwater and waterfall pool perfect for soothing those tense muscles.
Rooms are also warm and cozy thanks to the kiva-style fireplace.
12. Telluride Ski Resort, Colorado
If your dream is to escape with your sweetheart to a remote box canyon for a romantic escapade, Telluride Ski Resort can make this dream of yours come true.
This stunningly wonderful mountain town boasts of some of the most awe-inspiring views of Colorado with some dining options on the mountain that perfectly take advantage of the natural scenery.
The resort is the classic spot for clinking celebratory glasses with your special someone.
Alpino Vino is a charming small dining hütte on the mountain that will remind you of dining in Northern Italy’s Dolomites.
This is where you and your loved one can cuddle beneath sheepskin blankets while sipping a glass of wine and basking at the striking views of San Juan mountain.
13. The Finger Lakes, New York
The Native American legend states that the 11 glacial lakes that make up this central New York region are proof of how the Great Spirit left his handprint to bless the area.
This is why the freshwater lakes of the region have Native American names such as Seneca, Cayuga, Keuka, and Skaneateles.
The 9,000 square miles of this area now serves as an outdoor playground all year round and home to the growing wine country comparable to that of Napa Valley.
Aside from the abundance of water sports, fishing, and boating, the Finger Lakes also got some challenging hike running through spectacular state parks with dramatic cascading waterfalls and rocky gorges that look like they belong to a book.
14. The St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
The Swiss-made funicular will take guests up to the enchanting private mid-mountain resort.
All of the 174 suits and guest rooms at the resort offer breathtaking views of the neighboring Wasatch Mountains, most of which feature cozy stone fireplaces and balconies.
Modern lodge vibes are the feel and look at the ski-in/ski-out resort that is situated as near as you can get to Deer Valley, some of the best skiing in America while being a few minutes away from Park City’s charming downtown shops and active nightlife and restaurant scene.
Famous for the wistful outdoor fire pits that let you watch the skiers whisking past throughout the day, the resort also has all-seasons and heated split-level pool, a Remède Spa with 14,000 square feet and white-glove personal butler service that is to die for.
15. Vail Ski Resort, Colorado
The mother of all ski resorts in the US, Vail spreads across 5,289 acres with 354 inches of snowfall on the average every year.
While you can’t have private time on the slopes, you might see someone famous because this is that place where you can be seen and see at the same time.
Although most of the terrain is meant for expert and advanced skiers, the professional ski school will help beginners hit hr slopes as well. Non-skiers can also find plenty of things to do here.
16. Whiteface Ski Resort, New York
Formerly Lake Placid’s Olympic Village, this has now transformed into an Olympic Sports Complex that hosts the highest vertical drop just east of the Rocky Mountains.
Couples looking for some thrill will surely have a great time as they explore the Olympic cross-country ski trails and hurtle down the bobsled run.
You can also ride the gondola that will take you to the observation deck where the two of you can enjoy a scenic winter picnic.
17. Windham Mountain, New York
New Yorkers usually go on a trip up north for a fun ski experience at the Windham Mountains that is less frenzied compared to the neighboring Hunter Mountain and provides 285 skiable acres.
After you hit the slopes, just head to the spa for a relaxing massage or grab something to eat at the on-mountain sushi bar.
If you want a unique romantic getaway filled with thrill and adventure, these are the 17 resorts that you might want to include in your list of destinations.