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Snowy adventures are just a hop, skip and jump away! We’ve made it easy to plan the perfect family getaway. See our top ski resort picks and the key steps to decide which ski resort is right for you.
We're now offering discounts on ski resort lift tickets and hotel rooms. Bundle your lift tickets with a hotel for BIG savings!
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Breathtaking views await! Sitting above Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border, Heavenly boasts the highest elevation and most skiable terrain in the area—within two hours of two major airports. With 24-hour casinos and on-mountain après ski parties, the fun never stops.
With an abundance of beginner and intermediate terrain, this smaller, village-style California ski resort near Lake Tahoe and some 200 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area, makes for an easy getaway and ideal introduction to the sport.
One of the world’s most famous ski resorts, it boasts fine dining, nightlife and shopping—plus plenty of ski terrain among its four peaks—Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. This former mining town is now the place to see and be seen.
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Five peaks surround this picturesque former mining town just a hop, skip and a jump from Denver. The Victorian architecture of Main Street makes a cozy backtrop and nice respite from the varied ski resort terrain.
Widely recognized for having one of the best kids' ski programs in the country, Steamboat offers dedicated kids' terrain and lifts. It is also steeped in history. The oldest ski area in Colorado is also home to more than 150 springs, with some reaching up to 150 degrees.
Images ©Larry Pierce/Steamboat Ski Resort
Home to the U.S.’s largest independent film festival, this former mining town also boasts the largest ski area in the United States—with some 7,300 acres of skiable terrain—and is just 35 minutes from a major airport.
Nestled atop the Sierra Crest, this ski resort is home to Lake Tahoe’s lightest, driest and most plentiful snow. Kirkwood is known for its advanced terrain, including cliff drops and cornices.
Killer views and terrain are the hallmarks of this spectacular ski resort that boasts more than 6,000 skiable acres, including a mountain-top beginner area. Palisades Tahoe has one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Lake Tahoe.
This is luxury family skiing, tucked away from the rest of the world. Made up of three villages—Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead—this ski resort has the quaint feel of an Alpine village but all of the modern conveniences.
Kids ski free at this resort just a hop, skip and a jump from Denver. With the largest nighttime ski operation in Colorado, there is plenty of powder time and a variety of terrain among its three mountains and five bowls.
One of the nation's top ski resorts, Vail is known for its vast terrain, including seven legendary back bowls and beginner skiing from its main bases. Modeled after a Bavarian town, the pedestrian-friendly Vail Village is upscale yet unpretentious.
We know planning your first ski trip is exciting — but it can be overwhelming too, especially with littles! Let us use our expertise to make sure you have the most ski HOPPIN' vacation ever!
When you visit is the single biggest decision you can make around planning your family ski vacation, affecting which destination you choose, how many days you'll need, crowd levels and overall how much you pay for your trip.
* Snowfall amounts vary at this time, and there may not be any!
While a variety of accommodations are available at every destination, it's important to decide whether you want the pampering and convenience of a hotel vs. the affordability and space of a condo or vacation home. Some ski resort destinations are heavier on one versus the other. Some vacation condos offer ski lockers and shuttles to the ski resort, but generally if you want someone else to store your gear, want to be near the slopes and/or shuttles, you'll want to stay at a hotel. Keep in mind that slopeside and ski-in/ski-out accommodations will get you near the slopes, but may not be near ski school. If your tadpoles will be spending the bulk of their days at ski school, we think it's worth the splurge of staying at a nearby hotel, especially for a first visit.
While you can always purchase additional days for ski school, lift tickets and rental equipment, usually you will save more money the more days you stay and by purchasing in advance. Always do the math! Generally, if you plan to ski more than five days, you will likely save more by purchasing a season pass.
When it comes to getting to and from your ski resort destination, car rentals, shuttles and car services are all viable options. Shuttle and car services offer both group and private transport to the destination and charge per person. Renting offers the most flexibility, especially if you plan to visit other ski resorts or destinations. If you rent, consider an SUV or other 4-wheel drive option for winter road conditions. While many ski resorts are on major highways and driveable even with heavy snow, snow chains may be required during blizzard conditions.
Even skiers need a day off from the slopes, but if you have non-skiers or are planning a multi-generational trip, you'll want to make sure the ski resort has plenty of non-skiing fun to keep the whole family entertained. Most ski resorts nestled around villages or towns offer shopping, dining, spas and après ski options. Some offer fun winter activities such as scenic gondola rides, on-mountain dining, ice skating, ice tubing and other winter activities.
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