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Plan a Ski Resort Vacation!


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.

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Top Ski Resorts

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    Heavenly California

    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.

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    Northstar California

    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.

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      Aspen Snowmass Colorado

      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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    Breckenridge Colorado

    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.

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    Steamboat Colorado

    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

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    Park City Utah

    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.

  • Kirkwood California

    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.

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    Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows California

    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. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Lake Tahoe.

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      Beaver Creek Colorado

      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.

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      Keystone Colorado

      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.

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    Vail Colorado

    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.

Key Planning Steps

While you can plan a last-minute family ski resort vacation, the earlier you decide, the more options you will have and the less you will pay. To determine which ski resort is right for you, consider:


1 When you’re going

When you're going

The ski resorts’ seasons and average snowfall vary. This is especially important if you’re visiting early or late in the season. If you’ll be skiing during peak season, choose a ski resort with more lifts and consider adding days to account for additional travel time and crowds on the slopes.


2 How long you will stay

How long you will stay

Many ski resorts are at least a half-day’s travel time to the nearest major airport. If you’re planning a shorter visit, consider a ski resort near a major airport, such as Heavenly or Park City in Utah, or fly into a smaller airport.


3 Who will be with you

Who will be with you

If you’ll have a mix of skiers and non-skiers, consider a ski resort that offers more ski-in, ski-out accommodations, dining, shopping, nightlife, and additional activities such as tubing, ice skating or snow shoeing. You’ll also want to choose a resort that will offer ski lessons for your tadpole (ages vary) or sitter services for non-skiers (not all do). If you’ll have a mix of beginner to expert skiers, you’ll want a ski resort that offers a good mix of runs.

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How to Choose a Ski Resort

Don’t know where to start? Use our decision matrix to help determine which ski resort is the best fit for your cozy winter vacation!
 Ski SeasonTrails# of LiftsChildcareSki SchoolKnown for its...Distance
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Heavenly California Ski Season: Mid-Nov-Early Apr Trails: 
  • Beginner 20
  • Intermediate 45
  • Diamond 30
  • Black Diamond 5
# of Lifts  28 Childcare: 6 wks.-6 yrs. Ski School: 3+ yrs. Known for Its: Spectacular views of Lake Tahoe; "off-hill" activities (gambling!) Distance to Airport: Reno/Tahoe -55 mi
Sacramento - 115 mi
Kirkwood California Ski Season: Mid-Nov-Mid-Apr Trails: 
  • Beginner 12
  • Intermediate 30
  • Diamond 38
  • Black Diamond 20
# of Lifts  15 Childcare: Not available Ski School: 3+ yrs. Known for Its: Deep, dry snow; diverse & challenging terrain Distance to Airport: Reno/Tahoe - 80 mi
Sacramento - 107 mi
Northstar California Ski Season: Mid-Nov-Mid-Apr Trails: 
  • Beginner 16
  • Intermediate 47
  • Diamond 37
  • Black Diamond 0
# of Lifts  20 Childcare: 2 ys.-6 yrs. Ski School: 3+ yrs. Known for Its: Easy terrain & accessiblity (popular with first-time ski families) Distance to Airport: Reno/Tahoe - 41 mi
Sacramento - 114 mi
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows California Ski Season: Mid-Nov to May Trails: 
  • Beginner 25
  • Intermediate 42
  • Diamond 33
  • Black Diamond 0
# of Lifts  42 Childcare: Not available Ski School: 3+ yrs. Known for Its: Abundant snowfall and spring skiing Distance to Airport: Reno/Tahoe - 47 mi
Sacramento 115 mi
Aspen Snowmass Colorado Ski Season: Nov-Mid-Apr Trails: 
  • Beginner 10
  • Intermediate 43
  • Diamond 19
  • Black Diamond 28
# of Lifts  43 Childcare: 8 wks.-4 yrs. Ski School: 2+ yrs. Known for Its: Fine dining, exclusive nightlife, chic ski & après scene Distance to Airport:  Aspen/Pitkin County - 3 mi
Eagle County - 70 mi
Denver - 220 mi
Beaver Creek Colorado Ski Season: Oct–May Trails: 
  • Beginner 19
  • Intermediate 43
  • Diamond 21
  • Black Diamond 17
# of Lifts  25 Childcare: 2 mos.-6 yrs. Ski School: 3+ yrs. Known for Its: Tucked-away, 5-star locale (fresh-baked cookies après ski!) Distance to Airport:  Eagle County - 28 mi
Denver - 131 mi
Breckenridge Colorado Ski Season Mid-Nov-Late Apr Trails: 
  • Beginner 11
  • Intermediate 31
  • Diamond 24
  • Black Diamond 34
# of Lifts  34 Childcare: 2 mos.-5 yrs. Ski School (ages 5-adult): 3+ yrs. Known for Its: Former mining, "real town;" affordability & easy accessiblity Distance to Airport:  Eagle County - 63 mi
Denver - 102 mi
Keystone Colorado Ski Season: Oct-May Trails: 
  • Beginner 14
  • Intermediate 29
  • Diamond 57
  • Black Diamond 0
# of Lifts  20 Childcare: 2 mos.-6 yrs. Ski School: 3+ yrs. Known for Its: Night skiing; low-key, affordable, family-friendly experience Distance to Airport:  Eagle County - 70 mi
Denver - 96 mi
Steamboat Colorado Ski Season: Late Nov-Mid-Apr Trails: 
  • Beginner 14
  • Intermediate 42
  • Diamond 44
  • Black Diamond 0
# of Lifts  18 Childcare: 6 mos.-6 yrs. Ski School: 2+ yrs. Known for Its: Laid-back cowboy roots, "champagne powder" & hot springs Distance to Airport:  Steamboat/Hayden - 24 mi
Denver - 178 mi
Vail Colorado Ski Season: Oct–late Apr Trails: 
  • Beginner 18
  • Intermediate 29
  • Diamond 2
  • Black Diamond 25
# of Lifts  31 Childcare: 2 mos.-6 yrs. Ski School: 3+ yrs. Known for Its: Endless terrain, upscale yet welcoming village & après scene Distance to Airport:  Eagle County - 40 mi
Denver - 120 mi
Park City Utah Ski Season: Mid-Nov–Mid-Apr Trails: 
  • Beginner 9
  • Intermediate 51
  • Diamond 30
  • Black Diamond 10
# of Lifts  41 Childcare: 2 mos.-6 yrs. Ski School: 3+ yrs. Known for Its: Extensive terrain; big-city amenities & Western glitz Distance to Airport: Salt Lake City - 35 mi
  • Ski Run Categories:
  • Beginner Beginner
  • Intermediate Intermediate
  • Diamond Diamond
  • Black Diamond Black Diamond

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