Outdoor vacations continue to grow in popularity, with ski trips being one of the most popular types of travel during the winter months. Whether you are planning to hit the slopes for the very first time or you are an experienced ski family- we’ll help you find the perfect destination for your ski vacation this year! Here are 8 of our favorite family friendly ski resorts in the US. These resorts offer the best skiing, kids lessons and kids clubs, and resort amenities so the whole family can enjoy time together both on and off the slopes!
Family-Friendly Ski Resorts in the US
Winter Park Resort- Winter Park, Colorado
Less than a two hour drive from Denver International Airport, Winter Park Resort is a fantastic ski resort for families in Colorado. With over 3,000 acres of terrain to ski and over 325 inches of annual snowfall, Winter Park has something for everyone in the family. Winter Park offers private lessons for kids ages 3 to 5 so they can get personalized attention for their first time on the mountain. They also offer private as well as half-day and full-day small group ski lessons for kids ages 4-14, with discounted lift tickets for kids signed up for lessons. For more experienced kids and adults, the mountain boasts seven different terrain parks. A truly unique opportunity offered at Winter Park Resort is their Alpenglow tour where you get a 2 hour private ski tour with a ski and ride guide at sunset. For those who don’t ski, they offer sunset snowshoe and Snowcat tours as well. In addition to world class skiing, Winter Park offers other fun winter activities including a scenic gondola ride, snow tubing, and snow shoeing. Winter Park offers a wide variety of lodging options, with many ski-in, ski-out lodging options.
Diamond Peak- Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Want world-class skiing paired with out of this world views? Reach the top of Diamond Peak and you’ll have stunning views of Lake Tahoe- and some of the best skiing in the US too! Diamond Peak is located in Incline Village on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. It boasts 655 acres to ski with seven lifts and 30 runs and has a true family vibe. Diamond Peak offers plenty of beginner friendly terrain as well as amazing gladed tree runs and some serious vertical drop for more advanced skiers and riders- meaning there’s plenty for everyone in the family. The Child Ski Center for kids ages 3-6 has it’s own separate ski area and surface lift for private and group lessons with a 1 to 5 teacher to student ratio. Older kids ages 7 and up move into the Ski & Ride Center that offers private and group lessons for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. The resort is a 45 minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport with numerous lodging options in and around Lake Tahoe.
Park City Mountain Resort- Park City, Utah
Park City Mountain Resort is just a short 35 minute ride from Salt Lake City International Airport making it one of the easiest to access ski resorts in the US. It’s also the largest ski resort in the US, with over 7,300 acres and 348 runs to ski and snowboard on two mountains that are connected by a gondola. Great news for kids and/or beginners- over 60% of the runs are beginner and intermediate terrain, making this a great resort for families. More advanced skiers and snowboarders will enjoy the park’s eight terrain parks and 13 bowls! Little ones can start ski lessons as young as three years old, with group lessons available for ages 3 to 6 and 7 to 14. The Little Children’s Adventure Center is an on-site daycare center for babies ages 6 weeks to 6 years of age if the little ones aren’t ready to ski yet or need a break while mom and dad hit the slopes with the older kids. In addition to skiing, head over to the Park City Mountain Village to ride the exhilarating mountain coaster or take a horse drawn sleigh ride through the village at night. You can also go dog sledding, ice skating, snow showing, and snow tubing as well, so there’s fun for the whole family both on and off the slopes.
Stowe Mountain Resort- Stowe, Vermont
Did you know our modern day ski patrol had it’s beginnings at Stowe Mountain in Stowe, Vermont? What better place to take the family to ski?! This beautiful resort in northern Vermont’s Green Mountains boasts twelve lifts including two gondolas, 116 trails and 2,360 feet of vertical drop. Little ones can take half-day or full-day ski lessons starting at age 3, with child care available on weekdays for the littlest ones ages 3 months to four years old. After a day of hitting the slopes, head to the Spruce Peak Village for ice skating, shopping, and dining. You’ll also find the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center that hosts family programing all winter long including concerts, ballets, and movies. If you want ski-in/ski-out lodging, the beautiful Lodge at Spruce Peak is a special treat- accessible by gondola and offering 300 luxury rooms for guests. Head into nearby Stowe, Vermont- the quintessential New England ski town for additional winter wonderland fun including dining, shopping, and indoor rock climbing for the whole family.
Keystone Ski Resort- Keystone, Colorado
Want to ski not one, not two, but three mountains in one resort?! Keystone Ski Resort is right up your alley! But the amazing skiing (all 3,148 acres of it) isn’t all that Keystone has to offer. Kids 12 and under ski and board for FREE- making this one of the best family friendly ski resorts in the US for families with young children. Private and group ski lessons start for children at age 3, with half-day and full-day lessons available. The whole family can enjoy Keystone’s 20 lifts and 130 trails. After a day on the slopes, you’ll also want to check out the world’s largest snow fort at the top of Decrum Mountain, go snow tubing, ice skate on Keystone Lake or Decrum Square, and take a scenic sleigh ride. The resort also hosts family game nights, winter movie matinees, fireworks and parades- making Keystone one of the most family friendly ski resorts you’ll find in the US!
Aspen Snowmass- Snowmass Village, Colorado
The Aspen Snowmass Resort is home to four mountains- Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk. Buttermilk is the most family-friendly skiing terrain with 470 acres, 8 lifts and 44 trails- of which 75% are beginner or intermediate level terrain. A shuttle will take you from Aspen and Snowmass to Buttermilk if you’re looking for more family-friendly skiing within this fantastic resort system. Ski lessons begin at 2.5 years old, with private lesson and group lesson options for all ages. The Snowmass Base Village features The Collective- an entertainment center with ice skating, a game lounge, selfie den, restaurants, bars and numerous outdoor fire pits. Snowmass also boasts a alpine coaster and a 54 foot indoor rock climbing wall so there’s fun for the whole family here!
Smuggler’s Notch- Jeffersonville, Vermont
Smuggler’s Notch Resort is located in Jefferson, Vermont- about a one hour drive from Burlington International Airport. With more than 1,000 acres to ski over 3 mountains, Smuggler’s Notch boasts 78 trails with more than 50% of them being beginner and intermediate trails that are perfect for kids, beginners and families wanting to ski together. Smuggler’s Notch is home to the only triple Black Diamond on the East Coast and it is also home to the Smuggler’s Notch Adaptive Program that offers adaptive skiing for guests with special needs- so there’s truly something for every level of skier here! Private and group lessons are available for kids as young as two years old and there’s also a kids ski camp available. Smuggler’s Notch offers a daycare facility for babies as young as six weeks as well as in-room babysitting. Teen Alley and the Fun Zone 2.0 are great places for older kids to hang out where they can play video games, watch movies, play ping pong, mini-golf and even laser tag. The resort also offers a Kids Night Out with childcare, dinner, and activities so parents can hit the slopes alone or have a nice dinner without the kids! Other outdoor activities include tubing, air-boarding, and snowmobile tours.
Boyne Mountain Resort- Boyne Falls, Michigan
Looking for the best family-friendly ski resort in the Midwest? Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan is just what you’re looking for. With 12 lifts, 60 runs and seven terrain parks, the skiing and snowboarding here is the best you’ll find in the Midwest. Beginners can actually ski without a lift ticket in their beginners ski area, complete with it’s own ski lift. 70% of the runs at Boyne Mountain are beginner or intermediate runs, which makes it great for families with beginners or young children.
In addition to skiing, Boyne Mountain Resort offers a 780 foot outdoor zip-lining experience and Avalanche Bay, a snow tubing park, and an indoor water park with 4 pools and 7 giant water slides. You can also rent fat tire bikes to go riding in the snow, go ice skating outdoors, or go horseback riding in the snow. Mom and dad can enjoy the world-class spa located right in the Boyne Mountain Lodge, or you can choose to stay in one of the ski-in/ski-out villas for easy access to the slopes. There’s plenty of winter activities for the whole family to enjoy at Boyne Mountain!