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Mohonk Mountain House, a Victorian-castle resort 90 miles north of New York City, provides 50 kilometeres of trails. Also available, couples massage and partner massage instruction.
updated 2/13/2006 2:58:13 PM ET 2006-02-13T19:58:13

It is a perfect romantic setting. The day spent in the great outdoors, the fireplace flickering, meals eaten by candlelight, a snowy panorama stretching in the moonlight and a sleigh outside the restaurant. It's romantic and perfect for Valentine's Day?

It is and can be found at cross country ski resorts across North America, according to the experts who regularly update, the country's most extensive cross country ski area destination Web site. Add in the thrill of kicking and gliding or skating together down snowy trails, and an xc-ski vacation becomes the perfect getaway with your sweetheart, Valentine's Day or not.

These resorXC offer the perfect combination of dreamlike atmosphere and picture-perfect views together with beautiful lodging, cozy dining, and picturesque trails where couples can enjoy the winter outdoors together.

According to Roger Lohr the editor in chief, “ gives much more than mere statistics such as the number of trails.” He continues, “This site paints a detailed picture of more cross country areas than can be found anywhere else on the Web.”

The Top 10 features favorite romantic xc ski resorts across North America listed in alphabetical order.

Callaghan Country at Whistler, British Columbia, is a secluded lodge where up to eight couples can enjoy 8,000 acres of wilderness with 36 feet of guaranteed snow without high altitude problems. No roads, no signs, no power lines. Just pure high-alpine terrain.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, in Alberta, is a graceful timbered resort in a fairytale setting -- surrounded by snowy peaks, nestled beside its own mountain lake, with a panorama of the Victoria Glacier. Hundreds of kilometers of trails lead right from the door of the Chateau.

Garland Resort in Lewiston, Mich. is a AAA Four-Diamond resort oozing with rustic elegance, where 65 kilometers of world-class xc trails combined with gourmet meals to create a winter wonderland sure to melt any cross-country skier's heart.

From Lone Mountain Ranch at Big Sky, Montana, xc skiers can glide through magical Yellowstone National Park or kick and glide on 75 kilometers of prepared trails. Lovers can stay in their own private log cabin. The main lodge serves great cuisine, has massage services and an impecable staff.

Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York, is a Victorian castle set spectacularly on Lake Mohonk only a one-hour drive from the city. Fifty kilometers of trails, skis and snowshoes are included in the stay. An enticing couples massage and partner massage instruction will add to a couple's pleasure long after the vacation.

Mt. Washington Hotel at Bretton Woods, in New Hampshire, is a step back in time to ornate elegance. The impeccable service, period rooms, dining accompanied by strings and its XC ski trails makes this difficult to surpass for the perfect romantic weekend.

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Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, Vermont is buried in the Green Mountains. Dream in rough hewn timber beds. Enjoy gourmet meals where your crystal glistens in the firelight. Ski on the 85-kilometer groomed trail network right from the door.

Royal Gorge in Soda Springs, Calif. has the largest xc trail network in the U.S. The majestic Sierra Nevadas surround the remote 1920s Rainbow Lodge. This is ideal for romance with a massive stone fireplace and fine French cuisine.

Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop, Wash., has a 360-degree view of the Cascades. Choose a view room or lakeside cabin. Ski on 160 kilometers of trails. Enjoy the extensive wine cellar, gourmet meals and full-service spa (try the Double Decadence spa treatment).

Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colo. is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. In their own words they are "kick-back-'n-relax, taste-tantalizing, mouth-watering kind of place." Couples can get away from the everyday grind and enjoy groomed trails, backcountry, plus horseback riding. is the most comprehensive Web site focused on cross country ski resorts in North America.


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