What makes a first-rate romantic ski vacation? A whole lot of après-ski, pushing yourself with off-piste challenges, curling up by the fire together, or all of the above?
Whatever your preferences, here are the world's best options for every kind of couples’ ski getaway.
Jackson Hole in Wyoming, USA
Wildlife is abundant in the remote Jackson Hole
For couples looking to spend some quiet time together, Jackson Hole’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 somwhere to stay? Rustic Inn Creekside has an outdoor hot tub and a scenic, riverside location.
Megève in Rhône-Alps, France
Michelin-starred restaurants and high-end boutiques line the streets of Megève
The little medieval ski village of Megève 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. 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
Take the charming cog railway on your ride into Wengen
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 après-ski activities may be more limited than in larger resort towns, but it’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 Schönegg.
Banff in Alberta, Canada
Hiking the trails in Banff National Park is the perfect après-ski activity
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.
Kitzbühel in Tyrol, Austria
Kitzbühel is home to one of the most notorious downhill ski races
Known for its celebrity clientele, couples can enjoy a star-studded ski getaway in Kitzbühel. The mountains that surround this medieval town are home to one of the most notorious downhill ski races, the Hahnenkamm, but the slopes aren’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 Kitzbühel, where floor-to-ceiling glass windows provide panoramic views of the Kitzbühel Alps.