There's something about winter that's just so romantic — the softly falling snow, the roaring fire, the cozy blankets and the steaming mugs of cocoa to sip while you cuddle up. We love it all! We also love the chance to get outside, play in the snow and hit the slopes. If this all sounds just as good to you, why not make the most of it with a snow-lover's honeymoon? Whether you ski or board, we guarantee a couple of days on the hill — with time carved out for a couple's spa treatment or two, and an indulgent dinner, of course! — is the perfect recipe for romance. Here are some of our favorite locations around the world that are perfect for a ski and snowboard honeymoon.
High in the Swiss alps, Zermatt is a quaint and cozy paradise for adventurers. Four ski areas (as well as a connection to skiing in Italy!) offer all sorts of options for terrain and difficulty, and the highest peaks in Europe offer skiing 365 days a year! In between runs, head into one of the many on-slope restaurants to warm up with cheese fondue. For a bit of history, check into the Grand Hotel Zermatthof, operating since 1879, where the Vita Borni Alpine Spa offers a range of massages, body treatments, and packages, while the Ruden Bar flaunts a crackling fire and the hotel's signature hot chocolate. For something a little more modern, the ski-in, ski-out Chalet Hotel Schönegg's suites are fitted with alpine luxury.
Four mountains on one pass? Sign us up! Aspen's world-class skiing is rivaled only by the town's luxury hotels and incredible restaurants, making for a truly memorable stay. Perfect your skills on Buttermilk's rolling hills, or hike to the outer reaches of Highland Bowl. Cap off the day with a chocolate chip cookie from Paradise Bakery before retreating to the Western splendor of the Hotel Jerome. Grab a drink at J Bar or retreat to the spa for a massage featuring hematite and basalt stones. Every honeymoon needs at least one totally indulgent meal, and you'll find yours at Element 47. Let the sommelier know you're celebrating, and you just might be led through the kitchen and down to the Little Nell's award-winning wine cellar.
Island Lake Lodge, British Columbia
Want a honeymoon full of deep powder and fresh tracks? Head to Island Lake Lodge for a backcountry catskiing adventure. The two- to four-day trips include a stay in one of three mountain lodges, French-meets-Canadian Rockies cuisine full of local flavors, après-ski in the Bear Lodge, and between 12,000 and 15,000 vertical feet of skiing per day, with snowcats taking you to terrain that's otherwise inaccessible — even by helicopter. Unwind with an aromatherapy massage, or kick back and recap the day in the hot tub. Keep an eye out for skiing legends like Scot Schmidt!
Park City, Utah
Just east of Salt Lake City, Park City is America's largest ski resort, with over 7,000 acres of terrain to explore. Non-ski activities include a tour of Olympic Park, dogsled rides and browsing the shops and galleries along Main Street. For a totally luxe getaway, stay at the Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley, with beautiful mountain-modern suites, a five-star spa where the couples' treatment rooms have roaring fireplaces, and attentive ski valets serve hot apple cider, prep your gear and recommend the best runs based on the previous evening's snowfall. For a night out, head to The Spur for a real Western experience with local beers, dueling pianos and live music every weekend.
Turn your honeymoon into a real international adventure with a trip to Niseko. Located in Hokkaido, on Japan's second-largest island, Niseko United is comprised of four resorts on Mt. Yotei, a dormant volcano that often sees more than 15 meters (49 feet!) of snow in a season. Whether you're looking for groomers, terrain parks or wide, powdery bowls, Niseko has it all. You'll never look at on-mountain lunch the same way again after you warm up between runs with a fresh bowl of ramen! Settle into one of the many modern apartments (some even boasting traditional Japanese onsen baths!) or book a room at Moku no sho, a Japanese-style resort where some rooms feature private hot springs and the restaurant specializes in traditional kaiseki cuisine.