Thinking about taking a winter vacation at one of North America's ski resorts? These six are among the best ski resorts for couples in the United States and Canada.
Here's what makes a particular ski resort ideal for a couple: Great skiing, naturally. Romantic settings and activities for adults, of course. And a nearby town that is a unique place to visit.
The following ski resorts will meet your needs for that and offer much more -- including scenic beauty, fine food, terrific accommodations (working fireplace a plus), non-ski pursuits, engaging local attractions, shops that display winter's best (and warmest) gear, and nightlife.
All of the following ski resorts offer ski equipment rentals and ski lessons for beginners -- so you may not have an excuse to skip a ski holiday together this year. And 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.
Explore the ski resorts below on what to do and where to stay in these magical winter vacation getaways.
Fantastic Ski Resorts that Lovers Favor
1) Mont Tremblant Ski Resort, Quebec, Canada
Voted a "Best Ski Bargain" and the number-one ski resort in North America, Mont Tremblant is a small and charming ski village. Its restaurants and shops are walkable, and you can warm up at strategically located fire pits. Recommended hotel for couples: Fairmont Mont Tremblant, which boasts its own ski concierge.
2) Whiteface Ski Resort, Lake Placid, New York
This former Olympic Village has morphed into an activities-rich resort town where couples can experience facilities used by world-class athletes. Recommended hotel for couples: Mirror Lake Inn, where rooms and suites define coziness and an exceptional restaurant (with a view) lies within.
3) Sundance Ski Resort, Sundance, Utah
Utah's towering Wasatch Mountains challenge skiers. Recommended hotel for couples: Robert Redford's Sundance. While you shouldn't expect Redford to turn up as your ski instructor, Sundance Resort is infused with his spirit and eco-conscious sensibility.
4) Heavenly Valley Ski Resort, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
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. Recommended hotel for couples: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, where every year brings improvements and more reasons to visit.
5) Taos Ski Resort, Taos, New Mexico
Uncrowded slopes, a mecca of Southwestern culture, and an active artists' community make Taos an appealing destination for couples. Recommended hotel for couples: the one-of-a-kind El Monte Sagrado.
6) Vail Ski Resort, Colorado
The no. 1 ski resort in the USA, Vail is a something-for-everyone kind of place wrapped in cashmere and topped with snowflakes. Since Vail truly has many wonderful hotels, these are the very best for couples.