Matt and Ashley Dodd tied the knot in a moving ski wedding at Big Sky in 2007. Photo by Aunge Thomas.
DOUBLE-SEAT CHAIR lifts. A duo skiing perfect powder-eights. A stolen kiss in the snow-covered trees. Champagne for two in a private hot tub. A diamond ring proposal at 11,166-feet.
There’s no question that skiing is for lovers. Just ask the hordes of couples who get engaged on Lone Peak every year, or have ski or winter weddings on the slopes.
Better yet, ask a professional. Renowned sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer says skiing is the perfect romantic Valentine’s Day sport.
“Skiers wiggle their behinds and they always meet new people. That's why it's a good sport for meeting lovers,” she said in a recent ESPN interview. “On Valentine's Day, take a day off and go skiing. Say to your significant other how fortunate you are that you both share the same sport,” she said.
But couples with varying ski abilities should stick to this rule of thumb: If you love someone, set them free… for a private lesson with a professional ski instructor.
“I suggest that if lovers don't ski on the same level, they don't ski together,” says Westheimer, warning that quarreling is the sure result of an ill-matched ski duo. Instead, enroll in two different lesson groups or hit separate areas of the mountain, then share stories of your day’s adventures over martinis in the hot tub.
A Valentine’s gift better than a pink onesie or heart-themed ski gear? A ski getaway with some quality slope and hot tub time.
Winter weddings at Big Sky often happen on the slopes. Photo by Laura Parker
Winter couple fun! Photo by Laura Parker.
Newlyweds kicked off their honeymoon at the 2011 Pond Skim at Big Sky.
The couple that skis together, stays together. This wedding cake ski topper is for sale online.