America's Top 10 Family Ski Destinations

Planning an uplifting family ski vacation? Well then, hop on those ski lifts and take on the slopes at some of America's very favorite family ski destinations. Here’s a handy list of resorts that feature varied terrain and kids programs. Pick out your favorite and then shelter your household in a great ski cabin or condo.

Smuggler's Notch Family Friendly Ski Resorts

1. Smuggler’s Notch

While Okemo vies for the “family friendly” crown of Vermont’s ski resorts, Smuggler’s Notch is bigger and maybe even better. With double and triple-black diamond runs, the whole family will be satisfied; whether you’re ten years old or over the hill, you can easily hit the hill here. Special touches like the FunZone (an indoor recreation center) help to make Smuggler’s Notch a top-notch family resort indeed.

2. Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain is Colorado’s most well-rounded offering; its award-winning slopes beckon skiers of all levels, and its friendly village makes it easy to come back again and again. Due to the naturally divded terrain, advanced freestylers don't have to worry about colliding with first-day snowboarders or slow-moving parents with children in tow.

Family Ski Destinations

3. Okemo

Okemo welcomes families with open arms because it’s family-owned and operated. The Vermont resort is not as glitzy as Killington, or as action-packed as Smuggler‘s Notch, but it’s the choice destination for families and skiers who like smooth, well-groomed runs that seem to go on forever. While many resorts have families in mind, Okemo makes them a priority. After a hard day on the slopes, relax in an Okemo ski rental.

4. Bretton Woods

New Hampshire’s largest ski resort is also the state’s most family-oriented. The majority of its 434 acres caters to beginners and intermediates, but the recent addition of Bode’s Run has put Bretton Woods on the map for expert skiing too.

5. Winter Park

One of Colorado’s most beloved resorts, Winter Park, sees sunshine 106 days a year and boasts some of the deepest and most consistent powder in the state! That makes its four mountains four-of-a-kind. The kids can take lessons on Winter Park Mountain while you awaken your inner-daredevil on Mary Jane. Find a cheap Winter Park ski condo and you’ll be close to the slopes without going broke. 

Breckenrdige Family Friendly Ski Resort

6. Breckenridge

Breckenridge is one of the nation’s favorite family ski destinations, not just for its 2,398 acres of skiable terrain (which equally accommodate intermediates and experts), but also for its historic Victorian town. From the boutiques to the restaurants to the nightclubs, there’s something for everybody in Breckenridge, and that makes it a great family ski vacation spot.

7. Steamboat

If you’ve got your eye on world-class skiing that both the veterans and novices in the group can appreciate, give Steamboat in Colorado some thought. Slightly more secluded than the state’s super well-known resorts, Steamboat is a favorite among “tree skiers" and privacy-seeking downhill skiers who don’t want to (literally) bump into other tourists.

8. Northstar-at-Tahoe

If you’re traveling to Tahoe with the kids, Northstar-at-Tahoe is your only true choice for skiing. With lots of opportunities to snow tube and roughly 620 acres of beginner terrain, Northstar-at-Tahoe is great for all skiers, short and tall!

9. Park City

Park City is a dream come true for ski-loving parents; Utah’s famed resort and town prides itself upon its Kids Signature 5 Program, which promises small class sizes for the smallest skiers of the lot.

10. Aspen

If you’ve got some change to spare and you’re looking for a change of pace, pack up the little ones and head to Aspen, Colorado. The world-renowned resort offers up diverse and challenging terrain, making the mouths water of serious skiers everywhere. But while the Aspen Mountain and Highlands delight the adventurous, the Snowmass and Buttermilk mountains are ideal for kids and beginners. In fact, the Snowmass ski school will make any amateur feel like a pro! Aspen gives intermediates and experts a steep run for their money but is still family-friendly. It’s not the best choice for the budget-conscious, but staying in an Aspen vacation rental helps make the trip affordable.