Wedding Destinations For Snow Lovers

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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?

VAIL

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?

A WILDERNESS HUT

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.

Bride and groom in gray suit in snow

KEYSTONE

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.

HEAVENLY

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.

TAOS

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.

BIG SKY

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.

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