Cross country (XC) skiing and snowshoeing are some of the most romantic forms of recreation and Valentine’s Day is coming. So get away with your loved one to a winter wonderland of memories for some outdoor recreation and pampering that you deserve.
The XCSkiResorts.com Top 10 features favorite romantic XC ski resorts across North America.
The Chateau Fairmont in Lake Louise, Alta., Canada is a grand old resort with all the trimmings and places for romantics to enjoy each other and an outstanding rear window panorama of the Victoria Glacier.
The Nipika Mountain Resort in Kootenay, B.C. is a secluded lodge and cabins. Couples are transported to the site, which is situated in 8,000 acres of wilderness with 36 feet of guaranteed snow. The resort is the ultimate eco-resort without high altitude problems.
At the Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop, Wash. there is a 360-degree view of tranquility with guest rooms and lakeside cabins, an extensive wine cellar, and spa services.
Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colo. limits the number of guests to 45 so the staff can insure personalized attention. The resort has received the Four Diamond Award. Couples get luxurious accommodations and can be accompanied by a guide in the backcountry.
Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Mont. is near Yellowstone National Park. The ranch has cozy cabins, a lodge with great cuisine, massage services and a staff that treats all of its guests warmly.
Galena Lodge in Ketchum, Idaho has the Honeymoon Yurt, which is a love nest that’s only 20 minutes out on the trail. Couples can enjoy the backcountry accommodations in comfort themselves at the yurt, get dinner delivered, and maybe even a massage for two.
Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior in Lutsen, Minn has the Romantic Getaway including a bottle of champagne, candlelit dinner, whirlpool and fireplace in your room, and breakfast with optional massage for couples.
At Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Roscommon, MI there's a Valentine's weekend of activities planned with a Full Moon Tour on Friday night by torchlight to Trapper's Cabin for a bonfire and hot cocoa and on Sunday enjoy live acoustic music in the Stone Turtle Day Lodge.
Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, N.Y. is a Victorian castle within an hour of New York City with free use of XC skis, snowshoes, or ice skates for overnight guests. Climb the Sky Top Tower for a 360-degree vista. The spa has instruction for couples massage.
The Mountain Top Inn is buried in the Green Mountains in Chittenden, Vt. where you can sit fireside in the restaurant with a wonderful menu or in the pub with live entertainment. Sled on the hill behind the inn, enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride, or enjoy extensive trail network.
Franconia Inn is a charming country inn located in Franconia, N.H. with breathtaking views of the nearby mountains and intimate trails. The inn offers the Romantic Interlude, which includes a bottle of champagne, 4-course gourmet dinner and a full country inn breakfast.
Photos: Top -- Cross country ski Valentines (Fischer Skis); Bottom -- It's sweetheart XC skiing at Colorado's Vista Verde Ranch (Vista Verde Ranch/Facebook)