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Looking for some romance? Aspen is second best

If you’re looking to fan the flames of love, you’re in the second-best ski resort in the West to do it, according to “experts” at a North American ski area guide.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, the editors of Ski America and Canada and their online version, Skisnowboard.net, pegged Aspen as one of the most romantic resorts in North America and second throughout the West.

Who’s better? Sun Valley, Idaho, according to the experts.

While locals may find themselves getting giddy gazing with a loved one at the peaks surrounding town from atop Aspen Mountain, the experts selected Aspen for more humble reasons.

“Aspen, Colorado, perhaps the most famous U.S. resort, has a bit of everything for lovers of every income,” the guide’s most romantic ski area list said. “The old world meets the modern in this town. Modern art decorates traditional buildings, diners can find the latest in cuisine and basic meat and potatoes, and almost all accommodations have an Aspen flair.”

That prose is perhaps no match for what Cupid could conjure up, but what the heck, an honor is an honor.

Sun Valley got the top nod for an even more ambiguous reason. “Sun Valley has a European accent mixed with the Wild West,” the guide recited.

Rounding out the top 10 romantic ski resorts in the West are: Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta, at three; Deer Valley, Utah; Santa Fe, N.M.; Crested Butte at No. 6; Taos, N.M.; Telluride; Alta, Utah, and Beaver Creek.

Vail may come out at or near the top in the preseason ski area rankings, but it didn’t even get a look when it comes to romance. Neither did the other Interstate 70 resorts or those packed into Summit County.

In the East, Quebec City weighed in as the most romantic, according to the experts of Ski America and Canada and Skisnowboard.net.

The editors wrote: “Quebec City, surrounded by the resorts of Mont-Ste.-Anne, Stoneham and Le Massif, provides a European atmosphere of narrow, cobblestone lanes, lamplit cafes, and French hotels where according to these experts, ‘Couples stroll arm and arm … Singles search for l’amour.'”

It was followed by Balsams Grand Resort, N.H.; Stowe, Vt.; Tremblant, Quebec; and Bretton Woods, N.H., at No. 5.

Rounding out the top 10 in the East were Jackson, N.H.; Mad River Valley with Sugarbush and Mad River Glen, Vt.; Lake Placid, N.Y.; Charlevoix, Quebec; and The Eastern Townships, Quebec.

[Scott Condon’s e-mail address is scondon@aspentimes.com]

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