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- The couple’s weekend: Romantic mountain getaway or adventure escape?
Wed, Feb 8, 2012 01:23 PM
It's hard not to feel romantic strolling the French Riviera or
enjoying a horseback ride on a beach in Hawaii. But, that's hardly
adventure travel. Fortunately, in the heart of the winter one
alternative to the jet lag associated with distant escapes is a
weekend right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont. From a
planned romantic getaway to a Valentine's escape, the opportunities
for couples seem enticing and indeed they are, but be warned of
some common pitfalls in romantic planning.
Watching a half dozen couples in the K-1 Lodge at Killington
recently, it was clear that romance was not in the air. In fact,
two college-age women seemed downright irritated with their
boyfriends as they walked through the lunch line.
These couples had a clear disconnect.
Here's the thing, a ski or snowboarding weekend isn't like going to
the beach or to Disney World! Understand that while getting bolted
into a roller coaster takes no skill as you scream for a minute or
two, loading onto an expert lift at Killington does require a
certain degree of athletic aptitue, or at least willingness.
You can hit the slopes hard all day but if one partner is an expert
skier looking for that adrenaline pump that can only be released on
the steeps and the other is a novice looking to share a moment
gazing at the spectacular Green Mountain scenery that disconnect
can spell trouble.
The couples in the K-1 Lodge unfortunately were experiencing that
Fortunately, there are options. Couples need to jointly plan a ski
weekend to maximize fun. Or, it may be more opportune to plan
separate guys and gals escapes. This is not about gender
differences. There are many women who rip! And not every guy is an
expert skier. That said, we have created a list of keys to maximize
Pointer #1: Plan The Mission
Start by asking if you are ready to experience vacation travel with
your partner? A romantic weekend offers the opportunity to
either connect in a powerful fashion or to experience extreme
tension. Just sharing a bathroom in a small bed and breakfast as
you scurry to leave for the mountain may cause a possible rift in
Does one person plan to ski without a shower? Is one partner
planning an hour of preparation including make-up and hair? Will
this cause a rift?
Take the time to consider if vacationing together is right. If you
are in agreement begin by defining the mission. Is this a romantic
escape or a weekend of adventure? A romantic weekend requires
different ingredients. You need to be on the same page!
Make a list. Romance? Adventure? Both?
Pointer #2 Plan the Lodging
From cozy bed and breakfasts to on-mountain condos the options for
lodging are wide. Still, a couple who elects to cut expenses by
staying in a crowded ski lodge a half-hour distant or an
off-mountain budget motel will not have the same experience as the
couple who end the day skiing to a condo with a blazing fire and
romantic, secluded, hot-tub.
Talk through the options. An on-mountain condo means one skier can
start early and swing by hours later to meet their partner. Avoid a
disagreement. Understand that each choice creates a different
Pointer #3 Plan Apres Ski
A ski weekend is about more than skiing. Is one partner planning to
enjoy a few beers in the lodge or on the access road after a day on
slopes? Is one partner planning to soak in a hot tub? Is a romantic
dinner for two planned or are you thinking of a large group dinner
with 40 members of the ski club?
Killington, as we know, has a diverse access road. How does each
person envision their afternoon. Is it in front of the fire? In a
Talk. Non-skiers - if one is in your life - may not envision the
reality of a mountain escape. Remember: a romantic ski weekend is
about more than a day on the mountain - without a plan, an
unhappy partner can create an atmosphere colder and icier then a
Pointer #5 Practice The Art of Compromise
A fun, romantic, adventurous weekend for two requires compromise.
Is this weekend about a shared, couple, experience? Or not! Perhaps
you will need to adjust lodging to make first tracks. If you ski
one day it may be that the second day will involve a drive through
the mountains before winding your way home.
Remember that a weekend with a loved one is not like a guy's or
gal's weekend. Plan for success. Understand that a ski weekend is
not like a day at the beach. Dress for success. It is a winter
sport! Plan your options. Afterall, skiing is somewhat dependent
weather. Talk it through. Then, savor your escape.
Tony Crespi is a former Ski School Supervisor and Development
Team Coach whose work appears throughout the season in publications
throughout snow country. Tara DeLuco is an advanced graduate
student in professional psychology. She hates being