What do miles of groomed trails for snowshoeing, fresh fine dining, luxury accommodations, and majestic views have in common? The answer is our top 10 snowshoe adventures for couples. From the world-famous Icehotel to a luxury resort and spa in the heart of the mountains, these destinations have set the mood for romance, sport, and relaxation.
Below, you will discover that not only do these destinations offer exceptional snowshoe trails and ease of access, but they also offer the complete vacation experience for couples. World-class dining options, extensive wine lists, outdoor hot tubs, spas, and magnificent views are just a fraction of what is offered. So sit back, relax, and read on to discover where your next adventure will be.
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10. The Rusty Parrot Lodge, Wyoming, USA
If you are looking for a romantic snowshoe getaway in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, there is no better place to stay than The Rusty Parrot Lodge. One of the top small upscale hotels in the world, this 30-room family-run inn is full of surprises.
World-class dining with organic and local ingredients, rooms with fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs, and a thirty-page wine list make for the most enjoyable stay. There are plenty of opportunities for couples to venture out on their own, snowshoes strapped on–with miles of trails in the area.
If you’re lucky, you may spot wildlife there, including Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, and the Trumpeter Swan, a winter resident of the Snake River. After an invigorating day of snowshoeing around Jackson Hole, visit the elaborate spa on-site or soak in one of two outdoor hot tubs.
Currently, the lodge is being renovated and is expected to re-open in early 2024.
Read More: The Majesty of Jackson Hole, Wyoming
9. Vista Verde Guest Ranch, Colorado, USA
Located near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Vista Verde Guest Ranch provides an ideal opportunity for couples to disconnect from day-to-day stress while in a luxury environment. As an all-inclusive stay, there are a variety of outdoor activities to choose from each day, snowshoeing included. Explore the trails surrounding the resort and overlooking the area with a friendly and knowledgeable guide leading the way.
After an adventurous day, you can wind down in front of the fire in your room and read or nap. Since there is no television and limited wifi, the Vista Verde experience allows for the pure enjoyment of life’s little moments on and off the trail. To elevate the experience further, the rooms, dining, and staff are top-notch, with every detail accounted for during the experience.
8. Sun Mountain Lodge, Washington State, USA
Nestled in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountain Range in Washington State, Sun Mountain Lodge offers exceptional dining, accommodations, and snowshoeing opportunities. With multiple room choices to choose from–including personal cabins–couples can decide whether they want a private patio, whirlpool tub, gas fireplace, or all of the above.
Carefully decorated with Northwest-inspired artwork, handmade furniture, and luxurious sheets, you may never want to leave your room. If you choose to leave your room (and we highly suggest you do), there is no shortage of snowshoeing opportunities. Boasting more than 20km (12.4 miles) of snowshoe-specific trails with three other trail systems close by, whether you are a beginner or expert, there is a trail to suit your needs.
After a refreshing day trekking through the snow, head back to the lodge, where an array of farm-fresh dining options will tantalize your taste buds. Decide whether to dine in the elegant dining room or the upscale bar and grill with 180-degree views of the Methow Valley.
For the wine enthusiast, we suggest the five-course dining option in the wine cellar with the winemakers. With more than 3,000 bottles and 600 labels–including 420 labels from Washington State–this is truly a wine lover’s paradise.
Read More: Destination Methow Valley
7. Rabbit Hill Inn, Vermont, USA
Known as one of Vermont’s best adult romantic getaways, Rabbit Hill Inn offers an unparalleled experience in accommodations and snowshoeing opportunities. Room amenities range from fireplaces to two-person whirlpools to covered porches to sundecks–and all include elegant furnishings and luxury linens.
The property has an extended history of lodging on the land, dating back to 1795. As time progressed, the Rabbit Hill Inn was crafted for luxury. In fact, your stay can include an enhanced experience package, which could consist of decadent chocolates, champagne, roses, spa services, and more.
Rabbit Hill Inn offers couples the perfect snowshoe experience while surrounded by the beauty of the Northern Vermont Mountains. Measuring the snowfall in feet rather than inches, exploring the surrounding area is easy. With more than 75,000 acres of public and forest parkland available from the inn’s front door, check out a few snowshoeing areas recommended by the staff.
6. Whiteface Lodge, New York, USA
Tucked into the woodlands above Lake Placid, Whiteface Lodge is built for romance, with in-suite cast-iron fireplaces creating a cozy retreat from the great outdoors. The AAA Four Diamond-rated property features a resort spa experience, with 8,000 square feet of treatment rooms, salon services, a comprehensive fitness center, indoor/outdoor pools, saunas, and steam rooms.
With more than 2,000 miles (3,220 km) of walkable terrain, the Adirondack trail system will allow you to take in the fresh air and beautiful scenery of the great outdoors. Avid snowshoers can conquer one of the Adirondack 46 High Peaks or try a more leisurely favorite like the shared Jackrabbit Trail.
After a day outdoors, nothing is better than returning to Whiteface Lodge and heading straight for the spa. Services like the Whiteface Arnica Recovery Wrap are a natural choice, featuring an Arnica-infused shea butter masque and deep tissue massage combination. Relax in serenity as your muscles and body decompress from the adventurous activities of the day.
In addition to the spa, guests will find a variety of experiences at Whiteface Lodge. Two spacious, hand-crafted Lean-Tos provide guests with a romantic, inviting, sheltered spot under the stars to gather for cigars, whiskey flights, and hors d’oeuvres by the fire. Those looking to cozy indoors can enjoy upscale, fireside dining at KANU or relax in Peak47 with light bites, signature cocktails, and live music.
Overall, the Whiteface Lodge offers the perfect amount of tranquility, romance, and trails for couples looking for a snowshoe adventure.
5. Halcyon Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada
Close your eyes and imagine sitting in a cascading pool of fresh hot spring water, surrounded by the view of Arrow Lake and the snow-capped mountain peaks. Welcome to the village and spa of Halcyon Hot Springs in Canada’s British Columbia. This resort is perfect for couples to explore the trails during the day and relax at night.
Made up of private cabins and chalets furnished with kitchens or kitchenettes, private bathrooms, and sun-covered decks, this resort welcomes guests to cook their own meals. If you want more luxury and less cooking, Alcedo features fresh and local food while offering one of the best views in Western Canada.
You don’t have to travel far to find some of the finest snowshoe trails in the area. Just strap on your snowshoes at the resort and head directly to some of the best backcountry trails. Or, take a short trip to Revelstoke Mountain. Then, take the gondola up to the beautiful snowshoe trails through the sub-alpine forests of the Selkirk Mountains.
Hot springs, private chalets, exceptional dining, and miles of trails make this destination a favorite of ours.
Read More: BC Luxury Snowshoe Getaways
4. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
A luxury mountain resort located in the heart of Banff National Park surrounded by Victoria Glacier and a shimmering emerald lake… the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada, is one of a kind. Choose from a mountain or lake view or indulge in a luxury suite. Either way, these beautifully furnished rooms offer spectacular views and luxury amenities.
There is no better way than snowshoeing to explore the intimate corners of Lake Louise. Trail options are vast for all snowshoers. Explore frozen waterfalls, trek across the frozen lake, and take in majestic views of the Rocky Mountains.
We highly suggest taking a trip to Bow Summit with your snowshoes. Here, create your path while marveling at the view of the Bow Valley. Back at the Chateau, your dining options are endless. But if you are looking for an intimate setting, look no further than the Walliser Stube. Inspired by the Swiss Mountain Guides, the Stube is lined with a floor-to-ceiling wine library. You’ll have a choice of Swiss, German, or Alpine-inspired dishes and lovely views of the mountains.
A romantic getaway would not be complete without a trip to one of the best resort spas in the country, where you can relax those hard-working muscles and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings.
3. Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity awaits you at the Icehotel in Sweden, where couples can cozy up in ice rooms at -7C (- 20F) degrees. But don’t worry. The Icehotel offers warm accommodations as well.
Most guests who visit the Icehotel choose to spend a night in a cold room, your choice of a deluxe suite or artist suite. Then, they’ll spend the rest of the time in the very warm and inviting chalet. Featuring a variety of restaurants and the famous Icebar–where everything is made of ice–this hotel is a unique resting place after a day of snowshoeing.
The Icehotel offers guided winter activities, which are worth looking into. Also, just an hour’s drive away is Abisko National Park–known for its world-class snowshoe trails. Try a guided snowshoe tour of Abisko hosted by the Swedish Tourist Association. Abisko is also a great viewing point for the Northern Lights, which are visible on most clear nights in the winter.
A night in a room made of ice, a world-famous Icebar, and impeccable snowshoe trails throughout the region make this an adventurous vacation for any couple.
2. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
Situated deep in the wilderness, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is Finland’s best-kept secret. This one-of-a-kind resort offers the opportunity to see the Northern Lights while lying in the comfort of a private, heated glass igloo.
Along with an opportunity to spend a night (or many nights) in a glass igloo, this resort offers superior log cabins outfitted with private saunas and fireplaces. For the couple looking for more romance, book the queen suite cabin. Here, you’ll enjoy a luxurious bathroom and private outdoor hot tub.
Strap on those snowshoes for a more traditional viewing of the Northern Lights and trek into the deep, powdery snow on any clear night. The resort includes more than 200km (125m) of cross-country ski tracks and 30km (18.6m) of them being illuminated. So you can set out of your cabin with snowshoes on (though be sure not to step on the ski tracks) and hit the trails.
This is a snowshoer’s paradise with an exceptionally long season from October to May. Also, with numerous restaurant choices, reindeer sleigh tours, and a chance to try your hand at the popular sport of dog-sledding, Kakslauttanen offers the perfect snowshoe adventure for couples.
1. Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa, Colorado, USA
What says romance better than a rustic upscale resort and spa in the heart of the Rocky Mountains? Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa is the perfect getaway for couples looking to escape their busy lifestyles and spoil themselves in the beauty of Colorado. Featuring four choices for dining, you can be assured there is something to please everyone. Try the upscale pub that houses craft beer or an impressive wine cellar dining experience.
For those couples looking for the utmost privacy, Devil’s Thumb offers ridgetop cabins or private guest houses. Both are outfitted with rustic furniture and cozy fireplaces. Are you looking for more of a resort experience? There are two lodges to choose from–each offering spacious rooms, fireplaces, and an outdoor patio.
The 18,000-square-foot spa that offers a couple’s suite and many spa options and overlooks the beautiful ranch only makes this resort more spectacular. With nearly 6,000 acres of meadows and woodland–20km (12.5 miles) of marked snowshoe trails and stunning views of the mountains–this is the perfect getaway for the avid snowshoer. Bring your own snowshoes or rent them from the lodge.
Read More: Winter Retreat At Devil’s Thumb Ranch
This article was originally published on October 13, 2014, and was updated on October 29, 2020, with additional information provided by Whiteface Lodge. This article was most recently updated on November 10, 2023.