Explore 5 of the worldâ€™s most romantic ski vacations
Many of HelloVanCityâ€™s coupled up readers are surely on the hunt for an awesome experience-style gift for their significant other this year. Our friends at Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest selection of places to stay, has put together the worldâ€™s five best options for a couples ski getaway. So get ready for a whole lot of aprÃ¨s-ski, pushing yourself with off-piste challenges, and curling up by the fire with hearts in your eyes.
Jackson Hole in Wyoming, USA
For couples looking to spend some quiet time together, Jackson Holeâ€™s relatively remote location means its resorts boast world-class slopes without the crowds. Couples can also take a break from skiing to dine at a slope-side restaurant, go on a wildlife safari, or simply relax in an outdoor hot spring. Looking for somewhere to stay? Rustic Inn Creekside has an outdoor hot tub and a scenic, riverside location.
MegÃ¨ve in RhÃ´ne-Alps, France
The little medieval ski village of MegÃ¨ve has changed considerably since it was first established as a ski destination in the early 1900s, but it has not lost its charm. Michelin-starred restaurants and high-end boutiques line the cobbled streets alongside classic Alpine chalets and boulangeries, ideal for the 69% of Canadian travellers that have reported in a recent Booking.com survey that eating local produce is important them when on vacation. Le Gai Soleil is a traditional wooden chalet that overlooks the Rochebrune mountains, with huge double beds draped in faux-fur throws and ample opportunities for cuddling up together.
Wengen in Canton of Bern, Switzerland
The Swiss village of Wengen is one of the first ever purpose-built ski resorts and it is only accessible via a small cog railway that weaves through the snowy landscape. The aprÃ¨s-ski activities may be more limited than in larger resort towns, but itâ€™s Wengen’s ambience that makes it so popular with couples. Enjoy a romantic morning coffee, with mesmerising mountain views, on the balcony of your suite at Hotel SchÃ¶negg.
Banff in Alberta, Canada
Luxury accommodation, adrenaline-pumping slopes, pristine nature and three ski resorts, Banff has a wide selection of runs for skiers of every ability. Couples can hike the trails in Banff National Park, enjoy a slopeside dinner, or take in the jaw-dropping views of the neighbouring Lake Louise. Moose Hotel and Suites has its own heated outdoor pool and spa centre, ideal for couples looking for a romantic and relaxing evening after a day on the slopes.
KitzbÃ¼hel in Tyrol, Austria
Known for its celebrity clientele, KitzbÃ¼hel is a star-studded ski getaway. The mountains that surround this medieval town are home to one of the most notorious downhill ski races, the Hahnenkamm, but the slopes arenâ€™t limited to expert skiers and there are plenty of beginner and intermediate runs as well. Enjoy a romantic evening swim in the indoor infinity pool at Austria Trend Hotel Schloss Lebenberg KitzbÃ¼hel, where floor-to-ceiling glass windows provide panoramic views of the KitzbÃ¼hel Alps.