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28 Jan 2021
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Steamboat Vacation Planning

If you haven’t guessed by now, skiing is our love language. What could be more romantic than snuggling under blankets of snow amidst the evergreens on a 2-seater chair lift in Steamboat? Or unwinding by the village fireplace after ice skating in Beaver Creek village? Or enjoying fondue for two at an alpine Vail bistro?

For an elevated Valentine’s Day, skip the flower shop, think outside the box (of chocolates) and whisk your Valentine away for a luxury ski vacation to Steamboat, Vail or Beaver Creek.

Our black diamond ski trails are sparkly, the snow-covered scenery is spectacular, and there’s no better excuse for an indulgent massage than a day of skiing! Love is definitely in the high-altitude air!

Of course, if you’re housebound this Hallmark holiday, but want that special skiing or riding someone to be forever yours, then skip the cliched card and wrap up a ski vacation for next year!

Here are plenty of ideas to make your mountain-loving sweetheart smile. 

romance in vail, beaver creek and steamboat

The best romantic and scenic spots 

How about a charcuterie platter near a frozen waterfall or a lovely mountain lunch fireside in your slippers? Looking for an impromptu place to declare your love, somewhere tucked just beyond a ski run? We’ve got some ideas.

Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat is arguably one of the most romantic spots in winter. It’s much quieter in the snowy months, besides a snowshoer or two. You could order a charcuterie assortment from Laura the Butcher and carry it to the snow-covered bridge near the falls. 

Or for a more conveniently located romantic spot, just scoot off the Broadway ski run to Steamboat’s “Broadway bench”. It’s a favorite for impromptu picnics, well-thought-out proposals and quiet moments with someone you adore.

In Vail, at lunch, we always love the 10th restaurant. What can be better than sliding out of your ski boots and into the slippers they provide, while cozying up to their fireplace and digging into a decadent mountain lunch?  In Beaver Creek, you can’t go wrong with the epic views at Grouse Mountain Grill.

Don’t forget to ride on the Bar UE chairlift in Steamboat. The unofficial slogan is that “Bar UE is for lovers”. It’s one of the last remaining 2-seater vintage-ish chairlifts of its kind. The slower pace, cushioned seats, and proximity to snow-covered pine trees make it one of the coziest, most romantic chairlifts around. Give it a try!

Hot air balloon rides

Hot Air Balloon

What better way to start your romantic vacation than by taking in the best views of the valley from the basket of a hot air balloon? Romance is always in the air as each hot air balloon ride comes with a champagne toast. 

How about a sleigh-ride dinner?

A family Valentine celebration is always fun in a horse-drawn (or snowcat drawn) open-air sleigh. Climb under the blankets, stare at the stars and enjoy a beautifully prepared dinner in the snow-capped Rockies. 

For the ultimate in romance, request a two-person private sleigh (available at just a few select outfitters, our guest services team can help direct you).

Moonlit adventures

moolit adventures

A snowcat for lovebirds

Your favorite powder hound might love a day with Steamboat Powder Cats. Bring your favorite couples along and book a private cat, then treat yourselves to the add-on “alpenglow experience”

The guides will extend the ski day a little longer so you can enjoy the powder during our famed alpenglow (it’s the amber/golden light that occurs just before sunset). For those who’d sooner be dragged off the mountain, than have the day end, reserve the Buffalo Pass backcountry cabin for a unique post powder catered dinner.

Night skiing

night skiing

This is more for adrenaline-fueled couples, but the fast-paced ski laps on See Me and the sunset views from the Christie chairlift definitely make us blush! The runs are groomed after the lifts close at the end of the ski day, so when they re-open at 5:30 pm, you’ll enjoy fresh corduroy (even better than silk pajamas!). We recommend going early, then enjoy a romantic dinner out on the town afterward.

Table for two

How about the multi-course chef’s tasting menu at the omakase bar at Tahk Omakase Sushi in Steamboat? You could enjoy fondue for two at Almresi in Vail. Harwig’s in Steamboat always has an aphrodisiac-inspired gastronomic menu, this time of year, with oysters and champagne being the main showstoppers.

You could snuggle in your own private heated chalet at Sauvage in Steamboat or enjoy après in the Bavarian-style Beaver Creek Village.

Also, difficult to get into, at the last minute, but worth it if you can, Café Diva is always a favorite for romantic dinners in Steamboat.

Romantic Rejuvenation

The spa at One Steamboat Place will help you unwind from your day in the spacious couples’ room by sipping champagne and enjoying chocolates side by side as your feet soak and detox in a warm foot bath. Finished with a customized massage with your choice of aroma deepening the level of mind and body relaxation. (OSP spa is exclusive to our guests only).

After dinner ideas

Take a Dip in the Hot Springs

Strawberry Park | Moving Mountains

Forget the jewelry, Strawberry Park Hot Springs is one of the real gems of Steamboat: 104 degree naturally fed hot springs pools that are tucked into the mountainside. They are loved by both locals and visitors, alike. Skip the day of skiing to indulge in the hot springs or soak it all in, after dark, under the open skies. Remember to make a reservation ahead of time!



Prefer to stay in?

We could blame you? Our chalets are spectacular. We can cater a decadent dinner for two (or twenty!) in the privacy of your own mountain getaway. You can sup in your slippers, enjoy apres-ski cocktails on the deck, and take in the views from your private hot tub. We’ll light the candles for all, pop open the bubbly for the adults, and make a flight of hot chocolate for the kids.

Our guest services staff can arrange for massages at the chalet, help you find a babysitter, deliver homemade chocolate from a local chocolatier and make sure the best wine is already in the cellar.

see me lodge in steamboat springs

Pillow Talk

Whatever you do, be sure you reserve your mountain vacation with Moving Mountains.

Because nothing says romance like “you don’t need to do a damn thing on this vacation except enjoy yourself.” 

Our chalets come standard with high-thread-count sheets and the fluffiest duvets because we understand that nothing could be less than romantic than scratchy sheets and uncomfortable bedding.

Many of the master bedrooms in our homes are appointed with fireplaces, jetted tubs and private balconies that overlook stunning mountain vistas. Our luxury accommodations matched with our beyond compare service means that hotel rooms are no comparison to what we have to offer. 

With luxury ski mountain homes and condos in Vail, Beaver Creek, and Steamboat, we’ll move mountains to make sure your romantic getaway goes perfectly without a glitch or a hitch! 

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