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If you’ve ever tried to go skiing with your entire family, you know it can be difficult, especially if you have young children, but many families want to share the love of skiing with their whole family. We know that the best ski resorts for families offer a variety of activities and are accommodating of all levels of skiers. So we have compiled a list of our top 12 ski resorts across the United States that are perfect for families:
Smuggler’s Notch – Jefferson, Vermont
In addition to skiing and ski lessons, Smuggler’s Notch offers a variety of winter activities throughout the entire season, including activities like snowshoe adventures, glow tubing, a Winter Carnival, and bonfires. You can go inside to warm up and enjoy indoor activities, too, like shows, games, sing-alongs, and an indoor pool.
Beaver Creek Resort – Beaver Creek, Colorado
This resort offers a variety of winter activities for all ages including ice skating, a kids activity zone, and a performing arts center with a variety of performances. If parents want to take some time for themselves, there is childcare available onsite at Small World Play School.
Camelback Mountain Resort – Tannersville, Pennsylvania
Set in the picturesque Pocono Mountains, this resort offers skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing, plus an indoor waterpark with a new virtual reality waterslide adventure, arcade, and a variety of food options. It’s also the only ski-in/ski-out resort in the Poconos.
Crystal Mountain Resort – Thompsonville, Michigan
A winter wonderland of fun activities await at Crystal Mountain Resort. Create some family memories that will last a lifetime with activities like snowshoeing, fat tire bikes, horse-drawn surrey rides, and ice skating.
Northstar California Resort – Truckee, California
When you’re not skiing down the mountain of this extinct volcano that last erupted over 2 million years ago, you can enjoy the other fun activites at this resort. Northstar California Resort offers snowshoeing, candle-making, live music, ice skating, s’mores around the fire pit and more.
Massanutten Resort – Massanutten, Virginia
The 6,000 acres of mountain fun waiting for you at Massanutten Resort includes so much more than just skiing. You can enjoy curling, escape rooms, an indoor waterpark, snowtubing, live music, cooking demos and more. This year, they are celebrating their 50th anniversary with even more fun!
Mount Washington Resort – Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Guests of all ages will enjoy the many activities offered at Mount Washington Resort. From sleigh rides to snowtubing, canopy tours and gondola rides, once you have finished skiing on the 63 trails and 35 glades, you will still find plenty of fun activities to enjoy.
Diamond Peak – Lake Tahoe, Nevada
With free tickets for kids age 6 and under and interchangeable parent tickets, it’s no wonder Diamond Peak is one of our top choices for family-friendly skiing. Children ages 3 and up can learn to ski and snowboard through the lessons offered.
Solitude Mountain – Solitude, Utah
1200 acres of skiing, snowboarding and winter fun await at Solitude Mountain. Unwind after a day of skiing with s’mores around the campfire, or check out Solitude Village and Club Solitude which has a heated pool, hot tubs and saunas, and a family-game room with air hockey, foosball, billiards and board games.
Blue Mountain Resort – Palmerton, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s highest vertical and some of the longest runs in the state can be found at Blue Mountain Resort. Night skiing is available thanks to new LED lighting, and the Blue Mountain Snow Tubing Park is home to the longest and fastest lanes in Pennsylvania. With 171 skiable acres and 46 snowtubing lanes, your family is sure to find the winter fun you’ve been searching for.
Steamboat Ski Resort – Steamboat Springs, Colorado
If skiing is what you’re looking for, Steamboat Ski Resort is for your family! This resort has over 169 named trails, and kids 12 and under ski free with the purchase of a 5-day more more adult lift ticket. You’ll also find tubing and ice skating to round out your winter fun.
Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort – Kenosha, Wisconsin
For more than 82 years Wilmot Moutain has been welcoming skiers of all ages and abilities to enjoy their 25 skiing trails and 22 snowtubing lanes. Live nearby? They offer a variety of 3-week programs for children.
As you can see, whether you’re looking for a full ski vacation, or you want a variety of activities to enjoy, including skiing, there are fantastic resorts that are just perfect for your family this winter.
Have you stayed at one of these locations before? Let us know in the comments below.
December 29, 2022