There’s nothing quite like dramatic mountain slopes, cold air nipping at your nose, and the rush of adrenaline as you tear through the snow on your way to the bottom. While you want the snowy conditions on the mountaintop to be premium, it’s also important that you have charming amenities and a cozy place to warm up in at the end of the day.
When you consider things like resort availability, scenic beauty, the amount of snowfall, and the atmosphere, there are only a few places that can offer the best. We found some destinations that are beyond compare when it comes to skiing and everything else you might want.
Cobblestone streets winding through quaint villages and gorgeous towering cathedrals await you in Quebec City. The romantic sounds of French locals, the aroma of fresh-baked pastries, the savory taste of cheese, and the warmth of a creamy latte will apprehend your senses and make you feel like you’re roaming the streets of France.
Quebec City in the capital of Quebec. It celebrated its 400th birthday in 2008, and the celebration catapulted it out of the shadows of Montreal and back into the spotlight. Travelers come in droves to visit beautiful sites like UNESCO World Heritage and enjoy the culture.
Once inside the fortified walls of Old Quebec, you’re immersed in a world that feels like it’s been transplanted out of a European painting. 17th and 18th-century bistros, bakeries, and boutiques line cobblestone streets while cafe tables line the sidewalks, awaiting your arrival and inviting you to relax and enjoy the city’s rich heritage.
Breckenridge, or Breck, as the residents so affectionately call it, boasts Victorian charm established at the height of the gold rush in 1859. The locals are down to earth, and the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. After the transformation from silver and gold mining town to beloved ski destination, Breckenridge only improved its majesty.
Spend your days running on the Tenmile Range and use your star-studded nights to refuel at any of the downtown bars, restaurants, breweries, or distilleries. The summer months offer hiking and cycling, making Breckenridge a wonderful destination no matter the time of year.
Salzburg continues to enchant everyone from Mozart to Julie Andrews. You can’t resist its spell. The Romanesque arches and Baroque buildings invite you to linger and soak up the romanticism. You can attend festivals and concerts while you’re not skiing.
Tour the Gothic Festung Hohensalzburg or Dom zu Salzburg. Dine on dumplings and schnitzel in the Old Town district and learn all about this city’s musical history. There are also medieval palaces and magical gardens.
Whether you want to stick to skiing the slopes of the most enchanting places on earth or tour the entire city and embrace the local culture, you can’t go wrong with any of these places. They’re rich in history, welcoming, and downright romantic.