Best Family Ski Resorts in the U.S.
The best family ski resorts in the U.S. have a few things in common: slopes for various skill levels, patient ski instructors, and off-slope activities for children and teens. Regardless of which of these best family ski resorts you choose, a vacation on the snow – or even a day trip – can be a great way to bond with the family and have fun doing it.
Best Family Ski Resorts in the U.S.: Keystone, Colorado
This ski resort high in the Colorado Rockies offers children's classes at its Ski & Ride School divided into two age groups: 3-6 and 7-13. If you want to make it a family affair, you can take a "Mom, Dad & Me" class in the River Run Village. Day care is available for those youngsters who aren't quite old enough for the slopes.
Best Family Ski Resorts in the U.S.: Ski Beech, North Carolina
Moms and dads can sit on the deck or inside the ski house to watch their little ones learn to ski on the practice slope right in front. The Youth Learning Center places children into classes according to their age and ability. And if skiing isn't their desire, ice skating and snow tubing areas offer other wintertime fun.
Best Family Ski Resorts in the U.S.: Deer Valley, Utah
A low student-to-instructor ratio at the Children's Ski School ensures hands-on instruction for the tykes. Classes include hot chocolate and snow cone parties. The resort also offers terrain parks and obstacle courses designed for youngsters, and a Teen Escape program for ages 13-18.
Best Family Ski Resorts in the U.S.: Lutsen Mountains, Minnesota
Instructors for child ski lessons at this resort are handpicked because of their special rapport with children. Group, semi-private and private lessons are offered, and the Snowbunnies play group for 3- to 4-year-olds includes indoor and outdoor play that doesn't include skiing.
Best Family Ski Resorts in the U.S.: Smugglers' Notch, Vermont
Best Family Ski Resorts in the U.S.: Whitefish Mountain, Montana
Just drinking in the scenery of Northwest Montana will deliver a lifetime of memories, but your family came to ski. The Kids Center includes day care, indoor instruction and one-stop shopping for equipment sales and purchases. Be sure to check out the half- and full-day Child Ski & Play.
Best Family Ski Resorts in the U.S.: Mount Washington, New Hampshire
The all-day Hobbit Ski Program for ages 4-12 includes morning and afternoon lessons with cocoa breaks and lunch. And if you want to take a break from skiing, there's always dog sledding or high-Alpine eco tours.
Best Family Ski Resorts in the U.S.: Snow Summit, California
This family- and beginner-friendly resort on Big Bear Mountain offers a wide variety of classes for all skill levels for ages 4 and up. Ten percent of the terrain is geared toward first time beginners, with increasingly difficult slopes for more experienced skiers.
Best Family Ski Resorts in the U.S.: Sugar Loaf, Maine
The older children can get their ski instruction, while willing 2- and 3-year-olds participate in their first ski experience in the Moosketeer program. Parents can purchase child care passes if they plan multiple visits during the season.
Photo by Gerard Walen