Love it or hate it, it’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day. And thanks to Hollywood blockbusters and numerous Christmas movies, the idea of a fleeting romance on wintery slopes is ingrained into the public psyche.
Pipe dreams of sexy ski bunnies and hot instructors come to mind, and many long for an evening cuddling up on those furry fireside rugs. But whether you have that special someone or are more commonly referred to as the Valentine’s Grinch, there’s plenty of fun options at ski resorts around the world to get you caught up in the Valentines spirit.
This Valentine’s Day, Grouse is offering a Valentines adventure for all of you nature lovers. Enjoy an hour long guided snowshoe tour followed by chocolate fondue in their Altitudes Bistro. You can also top the day off with an intimate 5* candlelit dinner at the Peak of Vancouver restaurant.
Mt. Norquay will play the role of matchmaker this Valentines with their fresh approach to speed dating. Skiers [and boarders] can line up in the ‘Singles Love Lane’ and board the lift with other lonely hearts. The lift ride will provide some quality one-on-one time and at least participants will have the common interest of snow sports as a conversation starter to avoid any icy moments. Once the ride is over they can either ski off happily into the sunset… or off in opposite directions.
If you want to ski for free on Valentines you can do it at Loveland ski area – but you have to get married first. 2015 marks their 24th Annual Mountaintop Matrimony where they conduct annual ‘mass weddings” on Valentine’s Day. After their ceremonies, the newlyweds can ski or snowboard down the mountain for an after party with wedding cake and prizes. The best-dressed couple even wins a honeymoon.
For those spending their Valentine’s in Tahoe, why not get along to the annual Reno Pyjama crawl? The night will combine the joys of relaxing in your PJ’s with the ultimate Après nightlife of Reno. This is rumoured to be one of the most fun nights of the year.
Enjoy a sparkling alpine landscape while skiing a candlelit trail in Rochester. Come along with your sweetheart, or simply come with friends for an fun evening out. After skiing you can warm up by the crackling warm fire and sip away at a glass of Champagne.
The Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School will treat local revellers to a spectacular on-snow parade on Valentines night. Skiers and boarders will parade down the mountain by torchlight and the spectacle will be followed by a fireworks display.
Black diamonds are a girl’s best friend and skiing in scenic Colorado is a perfect way to spend your Valentines and maybe even propose. Or for a more ‘eventful’ holiday try out the Sweetheart Snowshoe at Vail Resorts Colorado, or the Cupid’s Course Fun Race at their Northstar resort further west. See here for more of my content on Vail.
Get lucky on the chairlifts of Verbier this year with their special Valentines Ski Dating event. Single skiers meet at 9am to get their arm bands, before pursuing other arm-bang wearing sexy singles on the slopes. Meet-ups are also organized throughout the day for coffees, snacks and après.
Some other fun Valentines ideas include the Squaw Valley Moonlit Snowshoe Tour and the Val Thorens Ice Sculpture Demonstration with FREE mulled wine for the ladies. What’s not to like? Don’t be the Valentine’s Grinch this year – get out and enjoy a day on the slopes.
This paid post was commissioned as part of the #HipmunkCityLove project but the winter inspiration was my own. 🙂