10 Best US Ski Resorts for Families
November 15, 2013 4:45 pm Post a comment
Beaver Creek Resort
Where: Beaver Creek, CO
The promise of hot chocolate on the mountaintop in the morning and a warm chocolate chip cookie break each afternoon awaits at this picturesque resort. In addition to seemingly endless entertainment options from sleigh riding to shopping to a skating rink, Beaver Creek has been recognized by the National Ski Area Association with an award for overall safety.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Beaver Creek Guide
Stowe Mountain Resort
Where: Stowe, VT
This New England ski area is home to one of the most well-known families in the world: the Von Trapps of Sound of Music fame settled in Stowe after they fled Europe. The family continues to run a lodge in town, the Trapp Family Lodge, where families can enjoy miles of cross-country skiing on property, along with activities such as baking classes and yoga. Mount Mansfield lies just minutes down the road. And the famous Ben & Jerry’s factory offers tours, and tastings, in nearby Waterbury.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Stowe Guide
Northstar California Resort
Where: Lake Tahoe, CA
The Tahoe Value Pass allows access to three resorts—Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Northstar—so there’s little risk of becoming bored in Tahoe. Families especially enjoy Northstar for its tubing hill, bungee trampoline, moonlight snowshoe tours, and après-ski activities such as “build-your-own-smores” cookouts right in the village at an outdoor firepit.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Lake Tahoe Guide
Where: Keystone, CO
While the snow fort “Kidtopia”—with its tunnels and climbable exterior—will enchant the little ones, weekend fireworks, parades, and mountain lightshows entertain any age at the snowy western respite of Keystone. Snowbiking, snowcat tours, and a horse-drawn wagon to dinner in a rustic cabin amp up the usual seasonal fun.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Keystone Guide
Where: Park City, Utah
Utah's Canyons Resort is full of family fun. There’s no better way to grab some air than by hitching up to the zipline here, or by taking advantage of some of the country’s best heli-skiing. Those who enjoy staying closer to the ground can venture out on a guided snowshoe tour or sleigh ride. Three terrain parks also lure adventure-loving clans, as does the Family Adventure Package that offers access to nearly every activity the resort has to offer.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Park City Guide
Where: Park City, UT
Who wouldn’t be impressed by slopes where you can ski side-by-side with an Olympian? Live the dream at Deer Valley. Be sure to give Heidi Voelker, who will be on the premises all winter, a wave when she swishes by (or maybe ask her for a tip or two). NASTAR onsite ski racing provides another great reason to rub elbows with the athletes. Ask about the resort’s Family Value package, where kids ski free and lodging is discounted at 20 percent.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Park City Guide
Big Sky Resort
Where: Big Sky, MT
Some of the best ski patrollers in the nation are also the cuddliest; a team of rescue dogs demonstrates their skills to Big Sky audiences daily, right in the backcountry of Yellowstone Park. Unsurprisingly, dog sledding is also a popular activity on the mountain. Those who like the sound of a revving engine instead of barks can take advantage of the snowmobiling trails. The best place for skiing and other family activities like a daily kids' craft is Big Sky Resort where kids under 10 years old ski free with lodging.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Big Sky Guide
Taos Ski Valley
Where: Taos, NM
Run by the third generation of its founder, Taos Ski Valley is renowned for its excellent ski school and state-of-the-art children’s center. The outstanding facilities and activities for kids are great, and the mountain holds a wide selection of trails for experienced adult skiers. Off the slopes, the ancient pueblo of Taos is not only a favorite for history buffs, but also for shoppers, and art lovers, too.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Taos Guide
Sun Valley Resort
Where: Sun Valley, ID
Known for its annual, weeklong Nordic Festival (January 25- February 2), it’s no mystery why this Sun Valley is cross-country central. During the festivities there are demos, races, and seminars to keep skiers busy. Sun Valley is also a great destination for those who are not too keen on the cold, with an abundance of indoor activities, from virtual golf to bowling to a grand theater for movie viewing.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Where: Crested Butte, CO
The amusements have multiplied at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, thanks to the recent opening of an adventure park that includes mini golf, a bungee trampoline, a climbing wall, and a Coke Zero Bag, a vast cushion that provides a safe landing pad for jumpers. More traditional fun includes winter trail rides on horseback, snowshoeing, and guided ski tours.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Crested Butte Guide