Post # 1
For all those snow bunnies out there… tell me about your awesome snow honeymoons! FI and I are thinking of “settling” with Jamaica after our October 25 wedding, but the back of my head still tells me do a mini-moon and then do something awesome, like Whistler! Whistler comes to mind first, but I know there must be some other options out there (for reference, we’re in Ontario/Canada… so I don’t think we could do overseas just yet lol)
Where did you go? How long did you stay?
What time of year?
What did you do (other than ski/snowboard lol)?
Would you recommend it?
This topic was modified 2 years, 11 months ago by kristen182.
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I love the idea! I live in Florida so a week at a beach resort doesn’t do anything for me either. Spending the day snowboarding and then cuddled up in the jacuzzi together sounds way more romantic to me.
Whistler sounds good. What about Banff/Lake Louise?
Post # 3
Depending on where you decide to go, there are so many additional things you could do! <br /><br />Firstly, most ski resorts in the Canadian rockies open between mid-November and early-December. I’ve gone to opening day to the Alberta resorts many times, and the snow is always hit or miss. For best results, you would likely want to go between January – March, and for best weather, likely end of February – March.
The resort towns offer so many things you could do – romantic dinners out, a day at the spa (massage looking out over the mountains), etc. Whistler has the Olympic Village, so you could go skating or bobsledding, and I think some of their zipline courses may be open in the winter. Kelowna/Penticton have ski hills, and also have amazing vineyards to visit. Banff/Lake Louise have hot springs and the Columbia Ice Fields and Jasper has the Maligne Canyon. Everywhere would have other winter activities like cross country skiing, dogsledding, hiking, etc.
I have loved each and every trip to the mountains and would totally recommend it, if it’s something you would want to do! The great thing is there are so many activities and accomodations at different price points, you can totally make it a perfect holiday, and affordable to your budget.
Post # 4
kristen182: Love your idea! We’ve taken several multi-day ski trips this winter, and if the Canadian Rockies are similar to the Colorado Rockies, the best conditions are mid-January through March. Of course, keep in mind the weeks of Spring Break will bring crowds and a party atmosphere if that’s your thing.
The larger resorts always try to have something going on during the winter season (festivals for food, wine, beer, and/or music; ice sculpting; art shows; shopping; competitions and races; afterparties for all of the above, etc), so check out the resorts’ events calendar. Also, I know several here can also hook us up with nordic/cross-country skiing and snowshoe tours, sleighrides, dog sledding, snowmobiling, or overnight in backcountry huts… With all that goes on, I doubt you’d get bored.
If you plan to hit the slopes most of your time, I suggest getting a place that’s ski-in/ski-out or at least a very short walking distance to the lifts. The longest amount of time we’ve stayed at a ski resort is 4 days in a row (and we skied hard every one of those days). With that said, I think if we were there a full week, we’d have one or two down days to tool around the village or get spa treatments or something.
[Sidenote: DH and I aren’t beach people, so our honeymoon was Iceland in November!]
Post # 5
I like Whistler, it’s a really fun place, but I LOVE Big White near Kelowna. I’d wholeheartedly recommend going there. The snow is amazing (it’s called “champagne powder”) and it’s cheaper to stay at Big White than whistler. They also have this cool, really big outdoor skating rink with snowbanks instead of boards on the side, it’s so cool and romantic!! I found we could rent a really amazing cabin there with a private hot tub, ski-in/out access, etc much more cheaply than Whistler. In that way it would be really romantic, but it depends if you want to go for the bigger nightlife scene, social activities and such. If so, then Whistler would be better for that. I think Banff would be nice too but I guess I always pictured it as really touristy.
Post # 6
kristen182: I am dying to go to Breckenridge and Tahoe. We almost did a Tahoe honeymoon.
I would, whole heartedly, recommend Aspen. I loved it there and I would go back in a heartbeat. We stayed at the Gant, it was amazing, everyone was so friendly. I loved Aspen Highlands and Snowmass the best, but everything required a shuttle from where we were staying. If you could stay ski in/ski out it would be EVEN better. We had 2 true powder days (I’m also in Ontario, where powder is something we only dream about!)
I’ve done the Ontario/Quebec/Eastern US, nothing compares to the Rockies. I really don’t think you can go wrong out there.
FWIW, my sister did Big White a few years back and absolutely loved it. She’s a snowboarder, I’m a skier.