Ski resorts embrace Valentines Day
There are special offers, dinner for two in a gondola and a US resort has singles line for speed dating on a chairlift. One ski resort has St Valentine as its patron saint.
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That resort is Courmayeur in Italy.
Each year couples come to the resort in the Aosta Valley on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. Special love messages are posted about town.
"Messages of love will be placed along Via Roma on special message boards where lovers can leave their messages," said a spokesperson from the tourist office.
Heart shaped balloons are liberally put up too.
On February 14th there is a fancy dress parade with music and dancing in the streets.
While in the French resort of Les Gets courting couples can dine in the Mont Chery gondola.
The cabins will be decorated to provide a warm, romantic atmosphere and the different course will be served every time the couples you pass through the lift station.
On the menu is a starter of Feuillantine of Corsican figatelli with figs and myrtle cream, served with wild nettle panacotta, peanuts and spices.
A main course of a filet of Grouper with Indian spices or Filet of Ostrich served with a creamy brandy and cèpes sauce, accompanied with a marmalade of apple and courgettes, Darphin potatoes and roasted tomatoes.
For dessert there's chocolate and honey fondant served with a rose scented coulis and mini toffee apple.
The dinner lift ride is €50 per person with champagne and wine included.
One of our partners, Inghams, has been offering special deals for couples.
For skiing couples in Holland SnowWorld Landgraaf, the world's largest indoor snow centre by slope area, is offering a special Valentines package for two that includes a couple of two hour lift tickets, a welcome 'love' cocktail and a cheese, meat or fish fondue for two.
In Verbier, Switzerland, there is some random mobile phone dating on offer.
People register in advance and there is then a day of blind dates including speed dating on chairlifts. There is a lunch and then apres ski drinks for the would-be lovers.
In Snowbird in Utah there is a special singles line for those looking for love.
There's high speed dating on the Peruvian Express chairlift.
"The Valentine's singles line is a unique way of speed dating, and Snowbird is the perfect place to meet fun friends," said Dave Fields, who proposed to his now-wife on a chairlift.
To entice singles to participate in the event, adult all-day chairlift tickets will be sold at a discounted rate of $40 on Valentine's Day.
After Peruvian Express closes for the day, singles may then proceed to an après singles social at El Chanate, Snowbird's Mexican restaurant, located on Level A of The Cliff Lodge.
When guests mention the singles line, El Chanate will offer buy-one-get-one-free appetizers and entrees throughout the evening.
Another resort in the USA, Squaw Valley in California, also has a singles line for a bit of speed dating.
It also offers treasure hunts for Valentine's Day goody bags and the Wildflour Bakery sells heart shaped cookies and runs a competition for writing a love poem on a biscuit.
Now if all this talk of romance is making you want run for cover and reach for the sick bag then one of our partners at PlanetSKI, Tirol Tourism, is marketing a few of its holidays on the opposite tack.
"With Valentine's Day looming, the clichéd promise of red roses and chocolates is enough to put anyone off romance. Add to this February 14th coinciding with school half-term and you can forget it," said spokeswoman.
"Once the schools are back, late February and early March is a great time to head away for some adventure and share some fun times together."
They are offering holidays for couples a bit later in the season.
For more information then see the details in our deals and discounts section on PlanetSKI.
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