Post # 1
I am thinking of going on a ski trip for the honeymoon, and would love to hear suggestions or from anyone with experience with this. We have explored some U.S. destinations as well as several places in Canada. Just not sure where might be best! We want an awesome ski-lodge vibe with the nightlife of a cool city nearby. Any help is appreciated!
Post # 3
Definitely go to Whistler in British Columbia, Canada! I’m from Seattle originally and we always used to go up there.
Whistler Village is beauuuutiful, you can stay in a cozy, romantic lodge there. And there are plenty of little shops and pubs, but it’s definitely a ski village. The Olympics 2010 were held there, and they really went overboard fancy-ing it up. Also, the ski runs are great, it is the biggest ski area I’ve ever been to. There are gondolas to take you up higher (and faster!) than ski lifts would at most resorts in Colorado and other places. The city of Vancouver is nearby, and it is a suuuuuper fun city – especially if you’re from Florida, it would be something totally different! Vancouver is where lots of movies are filmed – it’s like the Hollywood of Canada. And there are so. many. things. to do there. PM me if you want some tips!
But ya, I would say definitely check out Whistler, if I wasn’t from Seattle it would be high on my honeymoon list 🙂
Post # 4
I’m gonna second Whistler. Not only is it the best mountain (IMO), but it has an awesome village feel to it. Much more so than any other ski area I’ve been to in North America. It’s a great little pedestrian village, and everything is in super-close walking distance. And the views from the top of the mountain are breathtaking. I also agree w/ MsVoyageur too about checking out Vancouver. It’s an awesome city.
Vail might be another idea. It has that ski village feel as well, and the mountain is great, but I don’t think it’s quite as picturesque or as cool as Whistler. And everything is crazy expensive. I’d say the vibe of the area is definitely more families and older people than Whistler – and almost everyone I met there was a lawyer. The upside though is that you can also check out the neighboring mountains for variety (Beaver Creek, Deer Valley, Breckenridge).
Post # 5
@babu22: Yup I second that, Vail is pretty expensive. If you only have a few days to a week for your honeymoon, you’d probably be more relaxed going to Whistler since you’ll be able to spend all your time at the resort without driving around too much (other than going to Vancouver!). The other thing is, I think the snow and conditions are much better at in the Pacific Northwest (in Washington State and British Columbia) than in Colorado – the powder is fluffier, it’s much less icy, and even in the dead of winter it’s usually a little warmer. I skiied countless times at Mount Baker (in Washington State) and at Whistler and I only ever needed to cover my face once due to the cold; most of the time you can get away with wearing a regular ski jacket with one long-sleeved shirt or fleece underneath! Not too cold!
Post # 6
Darling Husband and I went to Park City. The skiing is so accessable – there’s a lift from main street downtown. It can get pricy in high season, but we really enjoyed it.
Post # 7
@MsVoyageur: So true about Whistler typically being much warmer than Vail. Though the last time I went, there was some crazy arctic inflow and we froze!!! I think the snow is pretty comparable – and at the end of the day, it depends mostly on the year and weather patterns.
I’ve also been to Park City, and I have to say I’d rank it well below Whistler or Vail. It is very convienent, and is the closest of the three to a major airport, but I felt like the city itself didn’t have as much of that quaint mountain village feeling.
Also, since I’m originally from NorCal, I’ll give you my 2 cents on Tahoe. It’s one of the most gorgeous places on earth I think, but not the greatest for a ski honeymoon. There’s no real village feel to any of the mountains (though Heavenly on the South Shore has tried its hardest), and you will definitely need an SUV to get around. Plus, most of the ski resorts (other than Squaw Valley and Heavenly) are pretty small and do not have many high speed lifts or enclosed gondolas. Yes there is “nightlife” and gambling on the Nevada side, but it’s nothing like Vegas, I assure you. More like Reno with snowboarders.
Post # 8
I’ve only had experience with Utah, they have some nice mountains up there!
Post # 9
@MsVoyageur- Thanks for the good advice on Whistler– we have really been considering it and it is good to hear from someone who loves it! I am really going to try to get the fiance to get on board with it!
@babu22- Originally the fiance wanted to go to Park City– it is good to hear that it is not as much of a quaint place– for a regular vacation, I think I would love it, but for the honeymoon, I really do want something with a wow factor!
Any suggestions on places to stay in Whistler??
Post # 10
I’m from New England and partial to our mountains here. November is early season so the mountains won’t be 100% with trails yet but should be open. I would say Stowe or Killington, VT if you are even condsidering this area. You can even do half ski and half a New England experience and check out some quaint little towns.
I’ve heard Whistler is amazing too.
Post # 11
Whistler is fun! I’ve been there with a group of 30 and we rented 2 huge condos. Ski in ski out, and walk to the village!
Park City also is very accomodating, I’m from Utah but never have skied there (I mostly backcountry ski for free).
Banff/Lake Louise would be another choice.
Post # 12
I loved Snowmass, CO. It’s got the good things about Aspen without a lot of the bad!
Post # 13
Whistler is FAB-U-LOUS, you can get so many great reasonable places to stay that are right in the village, have gorgeous views of both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and ski both mountains for a week and not get bored.
We go there as often as possible during the winter. There are a lot of other places I’d love to go ski but if you haven’t been to Whistler and coming to this side of the continent would be an adventure for you I’d definitely recommend it. I’ve done Park City and while I liked the town, Utah is strange about their drinking rules, and you can’t just go in anywhere and get a good apres ski drink etc… Whistler is awesome because you ski down, hit the bar at the base of the gondola, then walk to your condo. Then hot tub etc, and you have to fly into Vancouver then make your way up there and the Sea to Ski highway is incredible to drive and so beautiful. I’m happy to send pics and stuff as well as more info about good places to go in town and where to stay if you PM me!
ETA: I’d love to ski Banff and see lake louise, wow that blue water!