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Cast your mind. It’s après ski. The sun is shining. The champagne is on ice. And you just finished a day of killer turns down powdery chutes. Now it’s time to pop off your boots and get married. The Great American Ski Wedding is here to stay. And it’s bigger, badder and snowier than ever. But where should you go for a truly white destination wedding?
It’s probably gonna cost you, but Vail and sister resort Beaver Creek have amazing wedding venues, plenty of support services, like catering, photography and transportation, plus, it’s one of the best ski resorts in the world. The Wedding Deck is pretty off the hook. Surrounded by wildflowers in summer, you have 360-degree views of the Gore Range and Vail Valley. Unfortunately, it’s not open in winter. But Donovan Pavilion and the Ritz Carlton are. We’re almost certain it’s not permitted getting married on the slope. But who’s gonna stop a flash-mob of skiers and boarders Chinese downhilling it to a secret meetup spot?
Colorado’s 10 Mountain Division manages 34 backcountry huts. You can ski or snowshoe in, and take advantage of the atavistic charms that make these remote huts as romantic as any place you could ever imagine. Sure, you’ll have to cater it yourself (and most meals will need to be prepared on a propane two-burner), but for adventure buffs, this could be just the wild place you were dreaming of.
Colorado has so much snow, we thought we’d give it at least one more shout out. Keystone is a modern family resort with plenty of spaces for weddings. A sleigh ride out to the Keystone Ranch is as winter-wonderland beautiful as you could imagine. You can get married at the ranch or just whisk around for pictures before going to signature venues like the five-star Ski Tip Lodge.
With a fitting name, Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Resort has great tree skiing. Plus, you can gamble and watch cheesy lounge acts after the rehearsal dinner. There’s even Chapels of Love and Elvis Impersonators. The good thing about Tahoe is that there are plenty of cheap places to stay. The town itself feels just a little overly kitsch. But you can more than make up for it by tying the knot at one of the drop-dead-gorgeous lakefront wedding venues.
For a bit of southwest flair, head to sophisticated and cool-vibed Taos. You’ll love the uncrowded slopes, big lines and cool tree runs. There’s also art, plenty of good wedding spots, great restaurants and a further-than-yon feel that adds to the tony appeal of this chic resort in the middle of nowhere.
Everything is bigger in Montana… even the sky. A wedding atop the Lone Peak Tram would be totally rad—not too mention fitting if you “took the leap” by celebrating your first kiss with a thrill-a-minute ski down the experts-only terrain accessed here. For more terrestrial and downhome offerings, think about a sleigh ride and bonfire at the nearby Lone Mountain Ranch.Wherever you choose, we’d definitely recommend going with something warm and cozy like a vest and striped socks for your curated look at your dream ski wedding.