Thinking about taking a vacation at one of North America's ski resorts? These are my recommendations for 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, and nightlife.
All these 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.
Click on any of the ski resorts below for more information on what to do and where to stay in these magical winter vacation getaways.
Choose a Fantastic Ski Resort
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. My favorite hotel for couples is the Fairmont Mont Tremblant >
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. My favorite resort for couples is the Mirror Lake Inn >
Sundance Ski Resort, Sundance, Utah
Utah's towering Wasatch Mountains challenge skiers. My favorite resort refuge for couples is Robert Redford's eco-conscious Sundance >
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.
The hotel I recommend for couples is the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino >
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. I recommend couples stay in the one-of-a-kind El Monte Sagrado >
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 ones I consider the very best for couples >