THESE FOUR HIGH-ALTITUDE RESORTS ARE HOME TO A VARIETY OF STUNNING SETTINGS.
Brides and grooms who choose a Colorado ski resort for their destination wedding likely share at least one common trait: a love of the mountains. Eschewing urban cityscapes and ocean-side nuptials, they favor sparkling snow-covered mountains. It’s lucky that there’s no shortage of beautiful winter wedding venues in the state’s mountains.
Because Sonnenalp literally means “sun on the alps,” it’s fitting that Sonnenalp Resort, a quintessential Vail property, hosts many weddings and receptions on the terrace on the creek side of the hotel, a venue that overlooks not only the winding Gore Creek, but also Vail Mountain. For winter nuptials, the glass room creates the feeling of looking out from inside a snow globe. The European-style hotel has been hosting weddings for more than three decades, and its renowned personalized service translates to the wedding department; brides work with the same person from start to finish, including on the day of the wedding. As a bonus, the Vail Chapel, a popular ceremony location, is conveniently right across the street.
Brides who want a sleigh ride can check out some of the options in Beaver Creek, which include three charming cabins. Trapper’s Cabin, located at 9,500 feet atop Beaver Creek Mountain, is perfect for a super small wedding. It sleeps up to 10, so your wedding party or other VIPs can spend the night. Soaring vaulted ceilings, a central stone fireplace and stunning views of the Gore Range are only a few of the things attendees love about Zach’s Cabin, a rustic-yet-elegant log structure in the woods. The space is available only for winter weddings (December through March) and can host up to 150 guests. For a more intimate affair, another on-mountain Beaver Creek venue, Allie’s Cabin, is a favorite among local wedding planners. Guests (up to 75) will love the floor-to-ceiling windows—featuring beautiful views of Beaver Creek Village below—in this private cabin, named for Beaver Creek’s first lady, Allie Townsend.
After sipping Valrhona hot chocolate on their jaw-dropping gondola ride up Aspen Mountain, wedding guests will continue to marvel at the stunning views of the Elk Mountain Range during a winter-wonderland wedding held in the exclusive (with a capital “E”) Aspen Mountain Club, staffed by The Little Nell. You’ll be in good hands: A master sommelier can help you plan everything from tableside cocktails to a craft cocktail specialty bar or a wine-pairing dinner. The venue itself features antique Austrian tables, hand-woven rugs and a coveted collection of high-end art from well-known names such as Andy Warhol. In Aspen’s backyard, The Viceroy in Snowmass is one of the newer venues that hosts weddings from very intimate to quite large (up to 280), with the dramatic backdrop of Snowmass Village and the surrounding peaks. In-house wedding coordinators and plenty of packages from which to choose make for a stress-free event for the bride and groom, and the hotel’s ski-in, ski-out location means guests can easily spend the morning enjoying powder runs and the evening toasting the newlyweds.
For an intimate winter wedding, check out Bella Vista, a private, seven-acre estate that’s seven miles south of town on Rabbit Ears Pass. The property can accommodate up to 50 people for an indoor wedding year-round. In addition, up to 35 guests can stay onsite in 12 rooms. Bella Vista translates to “beautiful sight,” and it is. For couples looking for quintessential photos of the bride and groom schussing down the hill in their wedding attire, check out Steamboat Springs Ski Area’s Thunderhead Lodge. The Champagne Powder Room, on the third floor, can handle up to 250 guests and has stunning views of the Yampa Valley.
Telluride features several stunning options. Gorrono Ranch has an outdoor wedding deck overlooking Wilson Mountain Range. The bride and groom can prepare for their big reveal in two smaller historic cabins before saying “I do” in front of up to 200 guests. For a ski-in/ ski-out wedding, book the Tempter House, a five-level home perched at nearly 12,200 feet. Don’t worry; wedding essentials, such as the floral arrangements, cake and food, are delivered via Sno-Cat.