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In the mood for romance?

Aspen Times Staff Report

Looking for an 11th-hour Valentine’s Day idea? Try this – take your sweetie out for a drink at your favorite Aspen watering hole and disclose that you’re visiting one of the most romantic ski resorts in North America.

Aspen has been crowned the third most romantic resort in North America by a ski industry marketing organization called Skiing America.

Aspen always claims the top spot for nightlife in skier surveys. Now we know our town is known not just for debauchery, but romance, too.

“Aspen, Colorado, playground of the rich and famous, combines a wonderful town atmosphere with some of the top gourmet restaurants to be found at any ski resort,” said Skiing America’s review of our fair town. “There is something for everyone looking for romance.”

A press release by the organization doesn’t disclose the criteria for the ratings.

The best thing about the list of the top 10 romantic resorts is that Vail isn’t on it.

So who the heck beat Aspen? Claiming the top spot was another crown jewel of Western resorts, Sun Valley.

“Sun Valley, Idaho, has long been one of the most romantic destinations in the country since it was created over a half-century ago,” said Skiing America. “Today it provides a wonderful balance between old-world elegance and the rugged West.”

Also placing ahead of Aspen was Quebec City and its surrounding resorts of Mont-Ste. Anne, Stoneham and Le Massif. Combined, they got rave reviews for providing “a European atmosphere of narrow cobblestone lanes, lamplit cafes, and French hotels.”

Following Aspen on the list were, No. 4 Sante Fe, N.M.; Balsams Grand Resort, N.H.; Stowe, Vt.; and Mont Tremblant, Quebec.

In the eighth spot was Jackson, N.H. (not Wyoming); Banff, B.C.; and Mad River Valley, Vt.

So why did Skiing America rate the romantic resorts? To promote e-commerce, of course. Its Web site – – provides all sorts of information about resorts including “all the information you’ll need to find the perfect romantic getaway with your sweetheart.”

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