Best Family Ski Resorts
Have Fun With the Kids, On and Off the Slopes
Plan a stellar ski vacation at these family-friendly ski resorts that cater to kids on the bunny slopes and beyond with ski school, adventure parks and plenty of s’mores.
Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa
Beaver Creek, Colorado
Beaver Creek, CO, is designed for families with a ski school at the Ranch, a nursery for babies and whimsical touches like fresh-baked cookies at 3 p.m. each day. The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa simplifies the ski getaway with the Ski School Carpool program, which allows the staff to escort kids between the ages of 4 and 12 to ski school at Beaver Creek in the morning and then back to the Westin Kids Club in the afternoon to warm up, make crafts and whip up a batch of ice cream using the best local ingredient snow.
Jackson Gore Inn
Okemo Ski and Ride School is a great place to get wee ones on skis or even a snowboard, and the Snow Stars program eases snow bunnies into skiing with small classes and access to the beginner slopes and lifts. On the mountain, he Jackson Gore Inn offers slope-side rooms and condos with access to a pool, game room, tubing hills and an ice-skating rink.
Park City Mountain Resort
Park City, Utah
Park City may be known as a luxury ski destination, but family resort packages make it an affordable option for the entire clan to sleep and ski right on the mountain. Adding to the family-friendly factor, the resort organizes a panel of Snowmamas who share vacation and ski tips on everything from packing to ski school and field-specific questions from curious parents.
Tiny tots to teenagers can take advantage of the ski school and snowy fun spread out over 4 separate peaks and parents can save some cash as kids under 6 ski or snowboard for free. At night, enjoy some adults-only fun while the kids watch movies with new pals at the Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center, or plan a family night starting with burgers and milkshakes at nearby Boogie's Diner (534 E Cooper Ave), ice-skating and a nightcap of s'mores and campfire tales at Snowmass Village.
Lake Placid, New York
If the kids are less than enthused about hitting the ski slopes and more excited about other snowy adventures, Lake Placid is a great choice for all-around winter fun. Kids can do some laps on the Olympic Speed Skating oval and warm their fingers by the in-rink fire pit. The whole family can climb into a bobsled and careen down the track's twists and turns at high speeds. And if the kids still haven't warmed up to skiing, you can simply ride the gondola up to the top of the mountain and take in a panoramic view of the winter wonderland of the Adirondacks from the observation deck.
Snowshoe, West Virginia
Skiers in the mid-Atlantic and Southern states don't need to fly out west or drive to New England for first-rate skiing. 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. At night, head to the Big Top for carnival food, arcade games, inflatable fun and a towering rock wall.
Lake Tahoe, California
Spacious family-friendly condos are just one of the perks at Northstar-at-Tahoe for a multigenerational ski vacation. To sweeten the deal, there are 2 kid-approved adventure parks with plenty of bumps, gullies and slides to entertain aspiring ski tricksters. When ski school is out, head to the ice-skating rink (free if you bring along your own skates) or get crafty at the paint-your-own-pottery shop in the village.