So you want to take your whole family on a fun ski vacation, but you aren’t quite sure where to go. There are so many resorts and options available, but which ones are kid-friendly? Where can you ski and snowboard during the day and find alternative adventures for your kids throughout the night? Are you looking for fun excursions and activities beyond the slopes? If so check out the list of fun, family friendly ski resorts below.
Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs is located three hours north of Denver, Colorado. It includes six peaks and over 2,965 acres of ski-able terrain that will suit the most novice skier, the most advanced and every level in between. At Steamboat Springs you can also experience snowmobile rides, gondola tours, cross country skiing and hot-springs. Kids twelve and under can ski for free when their parents purchase a five-day lift pass and kids as young as four can learn to ski on the resort’s kids-only terrain.
Jay Peak, VT
Jay Peak is located an hour and a half from Burlington, VT. For those who love to ski Jay Peak offers 78 trails served by nine lifts and boasts the most natural snow in eastern North America. For those who prefer to stay off the slopes Jay Peak Resort might be the place to stay. The resort features Pump House Indoor Water Park, a year round indoor mecca of pools and slides, where both kids and adults can surf, climb and float the Big River. It also includes an NHL sized ice skating rink where you can skate, play hockey or sign up for ice skating lessons.
Beaver Creek, CO
Skiers and snowboarders alike will enjoy over 1,815 ski-able acres at Beaver Creek. The mountain provides just the right trails for riders of all abilities, from gentle, manicured slopes to open intermediate runs and steep bumps. If you have a teenager in the family Beaver Creek might be the perfect ski destination for you. The resort runs an evening program for teens ages 13-17, which includes teen tubing and a twilight snowshoe and pizza party. At Beaver Creek you can also find ice-skating, themed events and a children’s museum. If you stay at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort you can even find s’more happy hours.
Bretton Woods, NH
Unlike some of the larger resorts Bretton Woods includes 375 acres, which makes it feel quite intimate and special. For those who love to ski there is plenty of terrain for all skill levels, but Bretton Woods also contains fun activities for those who enjoy time away from the mountain. The Bretton Woods Canopy Tour includes a year-round zip-line course with 10 tracks and two sky bridges. It also offers a 624 foot slopeslide climbing wall. If you’d like to explore the mountain at night take a vintage sleigh ride where horses will pull you through the wooded terrain. Every weekend throughout the winter you can also find magicians, clowns, games and sledding parties at the mountain’s base.
Do your kids want to learn to ski this year or are they already snowboarding pros? No matter their level or expertise there are lots of fun kid-friendly resorts to visit. Which will you choose?