This Best Ski Resorts for Families

Hit the slopes with your loved ones at one of these top family-friendly ski resorts!

By: Amanda Mushro

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Photo by: Don Mason

Don Mason

If you’re planning your next family vacation and you’re dreaming of spending the days skiing down mountains full of powdery snow, then drinking hot chocolate by a fire with your kids at night, let us help you plan!

We’ve rounded up some of the best family-friendly ski resorts across the United States. You’ll find thrilling slopes for the more advanced skiers and plenty of beginner-friendly slopes for everyone else. Plus, these resorts all have kid-approved activities to keep everyone entertained. Get ready to hit the powder and create cherished memories on the slopes with your family on your next getaway.

Smugglers' Notch Resort - Vermont

Ski lift at Smuggler's Notch Resort, Jeffersonville, Vermont, Monday, February 25, 2013.


Ski lift at Smuggler's Notch Resort, Jeffersonville, Vermont, Monday, February 25, 2013.

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Monica Donovan

Smugglers' Notch Resort is consistently rated as one of the top family-friendly ski resorts because it offers plenty of extensive children's programs, daycare services, and a variety of family-oriented activities on and off the slopes.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows - California

With Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, your family will find plenty of fun with ski and snowboard lessons for kids, a dedicated learning area, and a pedestrian village with shops and restaurants that everyone will love.

Snowshoe Mountain Resort - West Virginia

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Powder Tracks

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Skip Brown

Snowshoe Mountain Resort offers affordable lift ticket prices and a variety of lodging options suitable for families, including condos and cabins. This one is great for first-time ski families — and even those who are more advanced.

Cranmore Mountain Resort - New Hampshire

Another budget-friendly resort for families is Cranmore Mountain Resort. This resort offers affordable lift ticket prices and a variety of family-friendly amenities, including ski and snowboard lessons for children.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort - Wyoming

You’ll absolutely love the charming mountain village with shops and restaurants, but don’t forget to hit the slopes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Here, you’ll find a variety of family-friendly activities, including ski and snowboard lessons for kids.

Snowmass - Colorado

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Snowmass Village

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Walter Bibikow

Snowmass is part of the Aspen Snowmass resort complex and offers a wide range of family-friendly amenities, including ski and snowboard lessons for kids and a place where kids can practice away from more advanced skiers. Another great feature of this resort is the variety of lodging options suitable for families, all at different price points.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort - Pennsylvania

Found in Pennsylvania, Seven Springs Mountain Resort offers plenty of fun for everyone! Skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. The best parts of this resort are the fun-filled indoor adventure centers called "The Alley," where you’ll find bowling, mini-golf, and arcade games.

Keystone Resort - Colorado


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Daniel Milchev

Keystone Resort is renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere, with a wide range of beginner and intermediate slopes and a dedicated family ski zone. Don’t miss their snow tubing, ice skating, and the Kidtopia Snow Fort.

Okemo Mountain Resort - Vermont

Nestled in the picturesque Green Mountains of Vermont, Okemo Mountain Resort is a haven for families seeking a memorable ski vacation. Known for its welcoming atmosphere and extensive family-friendly amenities, Okemo offers something for everyone.

Northstar California Resort - California

Northstar California Resort offers a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation for families. With its warm and welcoming atmosphere, Northstar caters to families of all sizes and ages. Kids can experience the thrill of skiing or snowboarding on gentle beginner slopes or challenging terrain parks, all while parents enjoy exploring over 100 trails of varying difficulty levels.


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