Everyone likes to snowshoe. It’s cheap, easy and you can do it anywhere. Or can you? 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 these resorts offer the full 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. Sit back, relax and read on to discover where your next adventure will be.
1. Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa – Colorado, United States
What says romance better than a rustic upscale resort and spa located 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, including an upscale pub that houses craft beer and an impressive wine cellar dining experience you can be assured there is something to please everyone. The 18,000 square-foot spa that offers a couple’s suite, 15 spa options and overlooks the beautiful ranch only makes this resort more spectacular. With nearly 6,000 acres of meadows and woodland-20 km of marked snowshoe trails and spectacular views of the mountains-this is the perfect getaway for the avid snowshoer. Bring your own snowshoes or rent them from the lodge for $20. Be sure to check out of the evening snowshoe options that are offered throughout the winter.
2. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort – Saariselka, 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 a little more romance, be sure to book the queen suite cabin, which includes a luxurious bathroom and private outdoor hot tub. For a more traditional viewing of the Northern Lights, strap on those snowshoes and trek out into the deep powdery snow on any clear night. With more than 200 km of tracks, and 30 km of them being illuminated, you can simply set out of your cabin with snowshoes on and hit the trails.
3. ICEHOTEL – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity awaits you at the ICEHOTEL in Sweden where couples can cozy up in -7C degree ice rooms; 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 and 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 snowshoe treks, which are worth looking into. Just an hour’s drive away is Abisko National Park-known for its world-class snowshoe trails. Abisko is also a great viewing point for the Northern Lights, which are visible on most clear nights in the winter.
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 view or a 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; with trails ranging from 1km to 9km. 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 and create your own path while marveling at the view of the Bow Valley.
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-a perfect destination for couples to explore the trails during the day and relax at night. You don’t have to travel far to find some of the finest snowshoe trails in the area; strap on your snowshoes at the resort and head directly to some of the best backcountry trails. Take a short trip to Revelstoke Mountain and take the gondola up to the beautiful snowshoe trails through the sub-alpine forests of the Selkirk Mountains.
6. Whiteface Lodge – New York, United States
Located in the Adirondack Park on the shores of Lake Placid in New York State lies a lodge so beautifully built it will take your breath away. With its wood beamed exterior, cast-iron fireplaces and tastefully decorated suites, Whiteface Lodge offers couples an exceptional getaway. With a year-round outdoor heated pool, three hot tubs and a spa, your muscles will feel brand new after a day snowshoeing in the powder. For the avid snowshoers looking for groomed trails, the nearby Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Center at Whiteface Club offers the finest groomed, set track in Lake Placid. For those wanting to explore the wilderness, strap on your snowshoes and head out onto the miles of snowshoe only trails deep in the Adirondack woods.
7. Rabbit Hill Inn – Vermont, United States
Known as one of the best adult romantic getaways in Vermont, Rabbit Hill Inn offers an unparalleled experience in terms of accommodations and snowshoeing opportunity. Room amenities range from fireplaces to two-person whirlpools to covered porches to sundecks-and all include elegant furnishings and luxury linens. Your stay includes a candlelit breakfast, afternoon tea and a casual fine-dining dinner package can be added, if you choose. The property itself is 15 acres and offers 8 km’s of trails for snowshoeing. Exploring the surrounding area is easy with more than 75,000 acres of public and forest parkland, all available from the front door of the Inn.
8. Sun Mountain Lodge – Washington, United States
Nestled in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountain Range in Washington State, Sun Mountain Lodge offers exceptional dining, accommodations and snowshoeing opportunities. With four 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 do choose to leave your room (and we highly suggest you do), there is no shortage of snowshoeing opportunities. Boasting more than 25 km of marked trails in the immediate area as well as three other trails systems close by, whether you are a beginner or expert, there is a trail to suit your needs.