Turn date night into a week-long adventure with a couples’ ski holiday. Whether it’s your first time skiing together or not, you’ll fall in love with the accommodation, scenery and activities – like snowmobiling, dog sledding or exploring winter walking paths. Or if relaxation is the aim of the game, spas and restaurants will soon have you feeling calm and care-free. Tempted? Take a look at our top 10 ski resorts for couples.
If you’ve always talked about heading across the pond together, try Jasper. Its 1,720 acres of piste look even more impressive against the backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The varied terrain is especially great for experts and boarders, and it’s surrounded by the amazing scenery and wildlife of the Jasper National Park. To make the most of your quality time, try winter activities like wildlife tours, dog-sledding adventures and ice canyon walks through frozen riverbeds and waterfalls.
Where to stay: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
If you’re looking for a ‘wow’ place to stay, look no further. This 5-star hotel is in a quiet spot on the edge of town, with an excellent spa, an outdoor pool and a top restaurant and lounge bar. Stay in a junior suite to wake up to incredible views over Lake Beauvert.
Bansko has good skiing, high-quality hotels and a buzzing après scene – all for far lower prices than you’d find in the Alps – so it’s just the thing if you’re after a fun trip for two and some affordable luxury. Its 75km of piste make it the biggest ski area in Bulgaria. And the resort itself is a mix of vibrant bars and restaurants in the new town, and traditional buildings and cobbled streets in the UNESCO-protected old town.
Where to stay: Lucky Hotel Bansko
When it comes to accommodation, the Lucky is a real bargain. And with its good food, rooms and spa, you can see why it’s a favourite for couples. In the evening, try the Leonardo restaurant – the hotel prides itself on its Italian cuisine.
This traditional railway town in Banff National Park is the gateway to one of North America’s biggest ski areas. With access to 7,784 acres of piste on one lift pass, across Banff Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay, you’ll never be short of new places to explore. Off the slopes, embrace the laid-back après scene and head to a local bar to chill out with a beer and watch a game of ice hockey. Or indulge your inner foodies and sample the huge choice of restaurants, offering up everything from pub grub to award-winning seafood and steaks.
Where to stay: Banff Aspen Lodge
Recharge your batteries in this cosy retreat. It’s a great-value hotel with high-end touches to make your stay special – like modern rooms and one of the best breakfasts in the Rockies. And it’s got some lovely areas to relax in, from the lounge and White Bark Café, to the outdoor hot tubs where you can soak under the stars.
Zell am See, Austria
Fantastic views, glacier skiing and a buzzing atmosphere make Zell am See a top resort for couples. The picture-postcard town is full of 19th-century buildings and sits on the edge of a frozen lake, backed by dramatic mountains. If you feel like taking a break from skiing, cuddle up on a horse-drawn carriage ride or visit the world’s largest ice cave, Eisriesenwelt, to see frozen waterfalls surrounded by curtains of icicles.
Where to stay: Romantik Hotel
It’s all in the name – there’s no better place to enjoy each other’s company than at the Romantik Hotel. Each room has a unique design and you’ll love the luxurious wellness area too. Take a dip in the indoor and outdoor pools before indulging in a treatment or two.
Ideal for beginners and intermediates, Åre is the place to go for a chilled atmosphere and laid-back skiing. It’s Sweden’s biggest ski resort, with 91km of piste split across four areas. Off the slopes, you can race each other across the frozen Lake Åresjön on a snowmobiling tour, or join a walk to the Tännsforsen frozen waterfall and ice caves. For a sugar rush, visit the Chokladfabrik chocolate factory.
Where to stay: Copperhill Mountain Lodge
One of the best features of the Copperhill is its location. It’s on the top of the Förberget mountain, with views of the slopes and ski-in, ski-out access on a green run. The lobby has a huge fireplace, surrounded by sofas – the perfect spot to relax and sip drinks from the hotel bar. There’s also a large wellness area and a private spa where you can enjoy saunas and treatments together.
Planning your first ski trip together? This small, authentic resort is known for its winter-wonderland scenery, good beginner terrain and a wide variety of activities. When you’re not practising your moves on the 10km of piste, you can try a reindeer safari, go sledding with huskies or take in the views on a sleigh ride. And around Christmas, there’s no better place to get into the festive spirit with the one you love.
Where to stay: Kelorinne Cabins
Staying in a snow-covered cabin among the trees is the ideal romantic getaway. Whip up dinner for two in the fully equipped kitchenette, and then warm up in your private sauna or snuggle up in front of the wood fire.
Selva Val Gardena, Italy
Stay in Selva and explore 1,200km of piste in the biggest ski area in the world, the Dolomiti Superski. It’s highly rated for all abilities, and you’ll get to ski among the beautiful UNESCO-protected Sella Massif mountains. The charming town is known for its blend of Italian and Austrian food, architecture and hospitality – so it’s a good pick if you’re torn between the two countries.
Where to stay: Granbaita Dolomites
Start each day at the Granbaita with a cup of coffee on your private balcony. And after you’ve had your fill of skiing, you can relax together and chat about your adventures in the lounge or piano bar. The spa facilities are top-notch too – take a dip in the outdoor pool surrounded by snowy mountain views, or enjoy a massage or spa treatment for two.
In the middle of the Grandvalira ski area, Soldeu has access to over 200km of piste, so it’s easy to get some miles under your belt. The town itself is small, with a laid-back atmosphere and just one road, lined with traditional wooden buildings. There are also a few lively bars dotted around, where you can stop for an après drink or dance the night away to live music.
Where to stay: Park Piolets Mountain Hotel & Spa
Andorra is known for its great value, and the Park Piolets is no exception. It’s in a central location with views of the slopes and has a modern spa. Another highlight is the food – there’s an excellent range on the buffet, as well as an upmarket Chinese restaurant.
If you’re after an Italian village with a little French flair, you can’t do better than Courmayeur. Stroll hand-in-hand through the car-free, cobbled streets and share delicious regional specialities in a huge range of restaurants – then find a cosy bar where you can sip a glass of Italian wine. The 70km of piste is especially good for intermediates, and Mont Blanc makes a great backdrop for photos.
Where to stay: Hotel Dei Camosci
A warm welcome awaits you at this family-run hotel. The rustic, alpine décor adds an authentic touch, and the two comfy lounge areas are ideal places to play a game of cards and enjoy some peace and quiet. Or you can pop into the bar for a drink and admire the views through the large windows.
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