Skiing honeymoon ideas? February wedding!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We are pretty big skiers.  I would suggest Northern Lake Tahoe.  Northstar is a great, small resort to learn to ski at.  And northern Lake Tahoe is very romantic and beautiful.  Then you can drive to the Nevada side and go to casinos.  Southern Lake Tahoe also has great nightlife but I would not recommend staying there as it isn’t very romantic.  And your only option then is to ski Heavenly.

Vail is also wonderful but not much nightlife or anything else to do except to ski, shop and eat.

We are doing a ski honeymoon to Whistler/Blackcomb.  I’ve heard it’s gorgeous there but I can’t speak to what kind of nightlife they have.  After a full day of skiing, we zonk out at 8pm usually.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I live near Whistler/Blackcomb (near Vancouver, BC) and can vouch that it’s a great spot.  Tons of nightlife, fine dinging, shopping, high end hotels, etc.  Plus Feb is perfect timing for Whistler.

The only caution I’d put out there is that skiing at Whistler is really expensive, so I alwasy feel like it’s a real waste for a beginner.  One of Whistler’s big claims to fame is that it has the biggest ski area of any resort in North America (the world maybe?) and it seems like a real waste to spend $100+ per day for a lift ticket if you’re just going to be hanging out on the bunny hill.

Plus it’s a LONG way from Florida.  Maybe you should try to head to Vermont?

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d stick to West Coast skiing as the snow is better and easier to learn on. East Coast can be very icy unless they are having a phenomenal snow year. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I second Lake Tahoe!  I’m actually doing a winter bachelorette party there bc I have 3 bridesmaids including one of my sisters & my maid of honor in CA.  MOH and I went skiing for a girls weekend at Heavenly a couple years ago & went to Wally’s hot springs one day and decided that we’d go back for another girls’ trip when the first one of us gets married!  If you go down to South Lake definitely ride the gondola at Heavenly bc you have a full view of the lake as you ride up to the top of the mountin!  Sooooo pretty. And the hot springs are a must – it’s so awesome to be in the hot water with snow and mountains all around.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

How about somewhere in Colorado or Utah? Maybe Aspen if you feel fancy? Somewhere around Park City?

Alternatively, if you don’t want to go west I can assure you as a native New Englander that Killington, Vermont is beautiful and rivals the slopes in Utah/Colorado. You’d have plenty to explore in New England in general, and half the flying time.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We had a ski honeymoon in Vail, CO.

DH and I both love to ski, although him more than me. I’ve always only skiied east coast, so we actually decided to go big for our honeymoon. We got married in fall, and delayed our honeymoon 6 months and went to Vail for 13 days. We rented a 3 bedroom condo through VRBO.com. It was fantastic. We had an awesome place, right on the bus line. We flew into Denver, got a rental car, and drove the 2 hours to Vail. We actually stayed our first night in an Inn in a little town outside of Vail called Minturn – so cute!

Even though we had a rental car we actually rode the public transit (which is awesome, BTW) every day into town for skiing. It was a 10 minute ride and we’d actually check our gear at the rental shop each night, and wear street shoes into town. 

We went to the grocery store and did most of our meals in the evening at our condo, because we were too tired to go out after skiing all day. We did a few meals out at night, and ate all our lunches on the mountain while skiing. We aren’t big night life people, so really the only thing we did at night was go out to dinner and go to the tubing park. 

While Vail is expensive, we didn’t find it any more expensive than some of the MUCH smaller east coast ski resorts yet the skiing is far superior (as is the on-mountain dining!). We did things a little unconventional and because we were there for so many days, my dad and sister actually flew out and joined us for about 5 days. We’re planning to go back out next winter and will be bringing friends with us. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@jennii9210:  

 

Tahoe, CA

 

Jackson Hole, WY

 

Whistler, BC

 

Lake Louise/Banff, AB

 

Park City/SLC, UT

 

 

If you’ve never skied before I think you’re going to be really sore the entire trip!  I’d highly recommend paying for lessons.  Even with lessons you could end up just being really sore and frustrated on your honeymoon.  This is coming from someone who learned to ski at the age of 29.

 

PS “they” generally say the worst ski day in Utah is like the best ski day on the East Coast! 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I love skiing! What I love even more is taking a break and having some hot alcoholic beverage!  And being in the hot tub when the snow is falling.

I learned pretty late in life too…you will be sore and possibly frustrated the first day.  And then probably sore after that.  I fell down a lot the first day I did it and ended up with a lot of bumps and bruises.  I think I fell once the second day and it was pretty smooth after that.

@sienna76:  +1 to all those places (well I don’t know much about the Canadian ones but the US ones are all gorgeous).  I think in CO good options would be Vail, Aspen, or Breckenridge.  I think Aspen will be the priciest out of those though.  Breckenridge (I think) would be the most cost-efficient. I prefer Breckenridge to Vail (town-wise) but I’ve never been to Aspen.

I’m usually a Colorado person because it’s driveable for me which means you can go cheaply and more often.  There are some other places I love in CO but they are not major ski towns.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mtbikelover:  The nightlife in Whistler is great.  Make sure you have a beavertail!  (It’s an  unhealthy snack – get your mind out of the gutter 😛 )

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Whistler is amazing. You will fall in love and never want to leave. Plusa the mountain biking is epic there as well as the ski/snowboarding. 

 

Have a great honeymoon.

@mtbikelover:  

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Here’s my two cents, as a Coloradoan who skis 40 days a year. If you want to go somewhere with character, do not go to Vail. The mountain is huge, but the town is a fake village on the highway. 

Breckenridge has a cute town and great beginner skiing, but it is usually really crowded (especially on the weekends). February isn’t a particularly busy time. It’s a great time to go- the snowpack should be good, but you’ll miss the spring break crowds, so you may be okay there on the weekdays. 

If I were you, I’d look into Steamboat, Aspen, or Telluride. They all have charming towns and less-crowded slopes. If you go to Aspen, you’ll want to ski at Buttermilk or Snowmass, as Aspen Mountain (Ajax) is pretty steep. I think Telluride is the most beautiful town in CO (it’s the most beautiful mountain town in the US, IMO). It’s not known for its beginner skiing, but it does have a good amount of easy terrain, and it’s not crowded, which will be a huge confidence booster for a beginner. This also means that your ski lessons (which you should definitely take, at least for the first few days) will be less crowded. If you plan on staying going out at night and staying out later than midnight (or you just want to say in an area with more character), stay in Telluride, not Mountain Village.

Jackson Hole, WY and Crested Butte, CO, also have cute towns, but I don’t think they have great beginner skiing, so I’d save those places for another trip. I can’t speak for CA, but the best place in UT for what you’re looking for would be Park City or even Deer Valley. While these mountains don’t get the best snow in UT, Park City is an adorable town, and the snow will be comparable to CO.

To sum up my opinion, go to Telluride! Otherwise, consider Steamboat, Aspen, Park City or Deer Valley.  

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Whistler, BC All the way!!! Great food, nightlife, hotels, and scenery… Even the drive there is gorgeous! Lots of beginner as well as experienced skier options. 

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