Heat Things up by Cooling Down: Romantic Ski Holidays in Europe

Finding the perfect romantic getaway is no easy feat. When it comes to weighing the options of  an exotic sun-soaked beach or a dreamy snow-topped mountain, there are a few important factors to always keep in mind.

Sure, sunny beaches and balmy Mediterranean air can provide a dramatic backdrop for some first-rate romance, but in a lot of ways, it can be predictable. So if you like your romance with a side of adventure or relish the retreat of a charming chalet, the best way to heat things up is to head for a location where the temperatures drop right down.

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Ski holidays are the perfect balance of fun and passion. There are few things more romantic than spending a day on the Alpine pistes, gliding slalom down a mountain with the object of your affection, only to return to a cosy catered ski chalet in France for an evening of wine by the fire, and a warm soak in a hot bath.

Ski chalets are idyllic accommodation options that are convenient for skiing itineraries as well as the off-piste activities that occupy the idle hours between sunrise and sunset. Here are few bright ideas for the ideal romantic ski chalet getaway:

Chamonix, France
One of the most popular (and glamorous) skiing destinations in Europe, Chamonix is no stranger to chic digs. For a sleeping experience that's slightly off the beaten Chamonix path, consider renting one of the area's cute fairytale inspired wood cabins. Tucked away in the wintery woodlands, these cute cabins have everything you need but are still small enough to keep things cozy. Many come with self-catering options so you can add romantic meals to the list of evening activities.

Zermatt, Switzerland
The resort of Zermatt is home to some of the chicest and most luxurious resorts in the Alps. As well as being snow sure and high-altitude for serious skiers, serious romantics can rest their weary legs after a long day on the pistes and return to indulgent activities such as saunas, solariums and a total of 8 swimming pools. For a decadent and delicious winter getaway, no one does catered chalets better than the Swiss and there’s an extensive après-ski scene here as well.

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Alpenwelt Karwendel, Germany
The ski region of Alpenwelt Karwendel in Bavarian Germany encompasses numerous luxury accommodations at three ski villages. As well as being home to Germany’s second highest cable car, guests can get hot stone massages here or rub elbows with any number of famous winter athletes who call the village of Krun home. Nearby villages like Mittenwald and Wallgau are known for their picturesque beauty and cozy mountain lodges – perfect for romantic breaks.

No matter your skill level, ski holidays are the perfect opportunity for fun, fitness and flirtation. Whether you're snuggled up with a long-time love or getting to know someone new, the ski chalets and resorts of Europe are the perfect place to connect (or reconnect) with your inner passion for the great outdoors and the object of your affection.

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