Romance in the Mountains

Before the heli-skiing, there's always going to be some waiting around. In this photo, Paul Kimbrough kills time outside the Valdez Heli-Ski Guides tent waiting for his turn to load the chopper. Due to weather, wind, avalanche conditions, and a number of other variables, there are a lot of down days in Valdez. You'll spend them playing cards in your hotel room or watching ski movies on the TV up at Valdez Heli Ski Guides. Plan for it and bring a good book.

Day on the slopes is a fine place to start a fine romance or rekindle an old flame. Enjoy the romance a fireplace, a room with a mountain view, and a quiet dinner for two.

Many resorts are still reporting availability for February 14 but if you can't get away, most of them will offer a similar romantic welcome throughout the winter. From the Mount Washington Valley to the shores of Lake Tahoe, here are 12 romantic offers, East and West. (Rates are based on double occupancy in February, taxes and service charges are extra, and there are restrictions.)

Romantic Escapes in the West

Romantic Escapes in the East