It’s no surprise that skiing holidays make the perfect family break. What could be better than spending quality time in stunning places? And having fun doing something everyone can join in with? We are delighted to offer the 10 best family ski resort for spending time with your loved ones.
1. Beaver Creak, Colorado
Beaver Creek is under the same ownership as Vail, which is 16km down the road. It’s unashamedly exclusive, with a tiny village consisting of a handful of luxury hotels and apartment buildings and an escalator to take you up to the slopes. However, if expense is no issue, it makes a great base for a family holiday.
The Small World Play School looks after non-skiing kids from two months to six years, and the ski school takes children all day. The ski area suits all abilities and the trails are often deserted.
2. Keystone Resort, Colorado
This resort gets raves for its all-budgets approach, wonderful daycare for little ones, and plethora of kid-friendly activities, from Camp Keystone to The Schoolyard, a dedicated family trail with adventure zones. The parent company has developed a formula and emphasized amenities that make the task of schlepping kids around the mountain a little easier with gobs of ski-in, ski-out lodging and base villages that include all kinds of restaurants and kid-centric entertainment.
3. Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont
With more than 200 inches of average snowfall on the mountain every winter and 632 acres of winter wonderland, there’s rarely a bad day at Okemo in Vermont.
Okemo works hard to accommodate skiers on a budget. Kids under six are always free, while older kids may ski free on select days with a paying adult. The first hour after opening is free on the slopes every day, giving skiers the opportunity to sample the snow and forgo buying a lift ticket on the rare occasion that conditions aren’t ideal.
4. Park City Mountain Resort, Utah
Park City Mountain Resort has all of the ingredients for a perfect family vacation. The slopes here sit only a 35-minute car ride from the airport in Salt Lake City, a hub for Delta, and an easy place to fly direct to from dozens of cities across the United States and Canada. Traveling with kids is never easy, but the commute to Park City keeps skiers’ last leg a short one. It also means that skiers can often ski on their last day in town, and catch an evening flight out.
5. Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
The longest run on Snowmass is a whopping 5.3 miles long, while the peak called Buttermilk is lauded for having the best terrain park and pipe facilities. During the ski season, there are competitions, big-ticket concerts and lots of great dining.
Aspen has a well-earned reputation as a glitzy resort town popular with big spenders and Hollywood A-listers. There are the fancy shops on Galena Street and even Aspen Fashion Week every March. The town takes its skiing just as seriously as its style with the four peaks that make up Aspen Snowmass.
6. Heavenly Mountain Resort, California
There aren’t very many places in the world that can call themselves “heavenly” and get away with it. Lucky for us, California’s Heavenly Resort lives up to its name in every way. The crisp snow powder and rugged mountainside in Lake Tahoe are waiting to make this winter’s family ski trip the best yet.
7. Snowshoe Mountain Resort, West Virginia
Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia is a great option for a long weekend of family winter fun with ski school, terrain parks for practicing tricks, tubing hills and snowy adventures on snow mobiles or snowcats. Skiers in the mid-Atlantic and Southern states don’t need to fly out west or drive to New England for first-rate skiing.
8. Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Massachusetts
Located in the Northern Berkshires of Massachusetts (less than hour from Albany, New York), Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is a must-visit ski resort for families — particularly those with learning skiers. Ski and snowboard lessons are available to children ages 3 to 14, and include lunch and hot chocolate breaks. When it’s time for the whole family to rejoin, grab a bite to eat at John Harvard’s Restaurant & Brewery (located at the Country Inn, also on the mountain), or relax by the fire pit with S’mores.
9. Greek Peak Mountain Resort, N.Y.
Greek Peak Mountain Resort features Junior Ride and Ski School for children as young as 3, and families can enjoy sledding, snowshoeing, snow tubing or riding a fat bike — designed to traverse snow and other rough surfaces. Babysitting services are available for future skiers. The fun of visiting Greek Peak also includes plummeting down the waterslides and floating along the lazy river at Hope Lake Lodge’s Cascades Indoor Water Park, located right at the ski resort.
10. Northstar Resort, California
Yet another Vail property, Northstar has made itself the luxury outpost of North Lake Tahoe. But it’s also a prime destination for families looking for easier ski trips in the Sierra.
The village is newer and includes a good quantity of lodging built around a central point that abuts the slopes. Families staying at the base can get up and onto the snow with ease. Making that mission even easier, Northstar stocks the same gear wagons that furnish the base of Keystone.
Parents can easily pull up and unload kids and gear right into one of the wagons, which are free and stacked next to the parking lot. From there, it’s an easy stroll to the ticket office, Starbucks or the rental shop.