How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Mountains

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Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Summit County and Vail Valley offer a magical backdrop for celebrating Valentine’s Day, this Wednesday, February 14th, 2024. Whether you’re seeking a romantic adventure, a cozy escape, or an unforgettable experience, these Colorado mountain towns have something for you and your loved one.

couple with dog in mountains

Ride with us to Breckenridge, Vail, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Beaver Creek, or your favorite mountain town, and we’ll help you discover the best of Valentine’s Day in the mountains, while making sure you arrive safely and on time. 

Adventure for Two: 

Hit the Slopes: 

Ski or snowboard down pristine slopes hand-in-hand, enjoying breathtaking views and exhilarating challenges. Vail Mountain, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Keystone, Copper Mountain, and A-Basin all offer stunning scenery and diverse terrain, catering to all skill levels.  

Afterward, warm up in a cozy lodge with steaming cocoa or a celebratory après-ski drink. For an easy, convenient ski or snowboard rental experience, check out Breckenridge Ski & Sport. They even offer transportation between your lodging and their shop! 

couple standing on top of ski mountain

Sleigh Ride Under the Stars: 

Embark on a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through snowy meadows, enveloped in the quiet tranquility of nature.  

Summit County: 

Golden Horseshoe Sleigh Rides offers hot cocoa rides. Bundle up and cuddle up in the area’s winter wonderland. 

Two Below Zero Sleigh Rides hosts a themed dinner ride complete with hot chocolate and post-ride musical entertainment. 

Horse drawn sleigh ride


Bearcat Stables provides unique sleigh ride experiences, including an après-ski option or a dinner ride. 

4 Eagle Ranch offers a dinner sleigh ride, including the opportunity for drinks and chili before your ride and dinner and smores around a fire after. Visitors can also expect musical entertainment.  

Snowshoeing or Cross-Country Skiing: 

Explore hidden trails and winter landscapes together on a snowshoeing or cross-country skiing adventure. Breathtaking views of snow-covered peaks and frozen lakes await, offering a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle. Pack a picnic lunch for a romantic rendezvous amidst the winter wonderland. 

couple walking with snowshoes

Learn more about: 

 Cross-country skiing in Breckenridge 

 Snowshoeing in Summit County 

Snowshoeing in Vail  

Vail Cross Country Skiing 

Ice Skating: 

Lace up your skates and glide together over the ice surrounded by charming mountain towns. Breckenridge Ice Rink and Dobson Ice Arena in Vail offer fun indoor skating opportunities.  

Vail’s Solaris Plaza Ice Rink and Vail Square Ice Rink, along with Keystone’s Dercum Square and Dillon’s Dillon Reservoir are among other exciting outdoor skating areas with picturesque backdrops for twirling and laughter. Afterward, warm up with hot chocolate or a delicious meal at a nearby restaurant. 

friends ice skating

Cozy and Romantic

Spa Day:

Pamper yourselves with a luxurious spa day at one of the many world-class spas in the area. Indulge in rejuvenating massages, facials, and body treatments, followed by relaxing in a steam room or sauna. Several spas offer couples’ packages, providing the perfect opportunity to unwind and reconnect. 

Top 5 Spas Summit County 

The Best Spas in Vail 

Fireside Retreat: 

Snuggle up in a cozy cabin with a crackling fireplace, enjoying the warmth and intimacy. Many cabins offer stunning mountain views, hot tubs, and fully equipped kitchens for preparing romantic meals. Spend the evening reading by the fire, playing board games, or simply enjoying each other’s company.  

Check out stays on Airbnb or at one of Summit County or the Vail Valley’s many vacation rentals. 

cozy fire and interior of cabin

Romantic Dining Experiences:

Indulge your taste buds with a romantic dining experience at one of Summit County and Vail Valley’s renowned restaurants. From cozy candlelit bistros to upscale mountain lodges, the region boasts a diverse culinary scene that caters to every palate.  

Treat your loved one to a gourmet dinner featuring locally sourced ingredients and fine wines, accompanied by stunning views of the surrounding mountains. After dinner, satisfy your sweet tooth with decadent desserts and handcrafted cocktails at one of the area’s chic dessert bars or lounges. 

Learn more about:

Romantic Spots in Summit County

7 Most Romantic Restaurants Breckenridge

Top Romantic Vail Restaurants

5 Romantic Date Night Spots Vail Valley 

Unique Experiences: 

Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Mountains: 

Take your love to new heights with a breathtaking hot air balloon ride over the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Ascend early in the morning to witness the sunrise paint the sky, creating a truly magical start to your Valentine’s Day celebration. 

hot air balloon in sky

Camelot Ballons in Gypsum and Grand Adventure Balloon in Winter Park offer opportunities to try out this unique experience. 

Dog Sledding Adventure: 

Embark on a thrilling dog sledding adventure through snowy trails, pulled by a team of friendly huskies. Experienced mushers will guide you through the wilderness, providing an exhilarating and unique way to explore the winter landscape. Snuggle up with your loved one under warm blankets as you witness the breathtaking scenery. 

View dogsledding at Mountain Mushers in Vail, Snow Caps Sled Dogs in Breckenridge, or Good Times Adventures in Breckenridge 

Bonus Tip: Surprise your loved one with a thoughtful gift! Peruse downtown shops in Breckenridge for local souvenirs and handcrafted items, or check out the Outlets at Silverthorne for everything your loved one could want.

Dog sled husky

No matter your preference, Summit County and Vail Valley offer an abundance of options for a romantic and unforgettable Valentine’s Day celebration.  Before your trip make sure to prepare with our Colorado Winter Vacation Checklist and book your transportation as soon as you know your travel plans! 

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