Dedicated skiers and snowboarders dream of two things: finding superb powder and finding the best ski resort for singles. The word "best," however, is subjective and depends on the type of relationship you seek. For example, if you're looking for the happily ever after, and you do not wish to move from your home state, choose a resort that is close to where you live. If you simply seek fun and excitement, the world is your resort. Some ski areas, however, are better for singles. These resorts provide an abundance of après ski activities, as well as an atmosphere conducive to conversation and socializing.
Criteria for the Best Ski Resorts for Singles
Since choosing the best resorts for singles is subjective, specific guidelines were used to create this list. These include:
- Terrain for all levels: Unless you insist that your significant other skis or rides at your level, avoid resorts that only offer extremely advanced terrain. Mixed terrain resorts offer you a larger playing field.
- Après ski activities: These resorts were chosen for their variety of après ski activities, which include bars, concert halls and cultural attractions.
- Not overly family-friendly: All resorts claim to be family-friendly, but some are more so than others. Resorts that cater specifically to families may not be the best choice for singles. Lodging venues may require complete quiet in the evening, and the number of bars and discos may be limited.
- Mid-range pricing: Extremely low-end or high-end resorts limit your prospects to people from that socioeconomic class.
- Snowboarding permitted: Snowboarding is no longer restricted to youth. A resort that allows both skiing and riders offers more options.
Top Ski Resorts for Singles
The following resorts meet the above-mentioned criteria:
- Whistler/Blackcomb: Whistler is consistently rated as one of the Top 10 North American ski resorts. Its après ski life is almost as extensive as its terrain. When the lifts close, Garibaldi Lift Bar and Grill in Whistler Village and Merlin's in Blackcomb are the perfect places to mingle with Whistler's international clientele.
- Breckenridge: The entire town of Breckenridge is conducive to socializing. There are an abundance of bars and restaurants, as well as cultural activities such as theaters, museums and concert halls. Singles can dance the night away at Cecilia's, or enjoy a game of pool at Eric's or Ullr's. If you dream of meeting a local and moving to a ski area, enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast at Clint's on Main Street.
- Lake Tahoe: The area known as Lake Tahoe is partially located in California and partially in Nevada. It is composed of seven resorts. When the lifts close, the area is filled with casinos, nightclubs and discos.
- Copper Colorado: Copper Mountain hosts a variety of after ski activities. En Fuego is an on-mountain torchlight parade which is followed by a party in the village. Copper Sunsation is an outdoor concert, that is held a few times throughout the ski season. When the lifts close, singles gather at Jack's or Endo's in Center Village, or JJ's Tavern in East Village.
- Portillo: Ski Portillo, located in Chile, is perfect for anyone who is interested in "international affairs." Their ski season takes place during the North American summer. The entire ambiance of Portillo is geared towards socializing. There are weekly parties, where you can mingle with members of various international ski teams. Most of the after ski activities take place at the main lodge which has a disco, a movie theater, a fitness center and a lounge. The international clientele is extremely friendly. Feel free to chat with anyone who strikes your fancy.
- Killington: Killington is often called the "beast of the east." This Vermont resort lives up to its reputation. It attracts a high-energy, often aggressive crowd from New York, Boston, New Jersey and Connecticut. Casey's Caboose is a favorite local hangout.
Even if you don't meet the love of your life at a ski resort, you can at least enjoy a great ski vacation.