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Best US Ski Resorts for Families

Best US Ski Resorts for Families

Exploring family-friendly ski resorts in the USA reveals a variety of unique experiences perfect for creating unforgettable winter memories. While this list doesn't cover all the fantastic options available, it highlights a few destinations renowned for their child-friendly activities, including sledding adventures, indoor play zones, and even encounters with Siberian sled dogs. Each selected resort offers something special, ensuring your family's ski vacation is packed with joy and adventure amidst the magical winter scenery.


Sun Valley Resort, Idaho

Known for its picturesque landscapes and excellent facilities, Sun Valley Resort offers diverse terrain suitable for family members of all ski levels, ski & snowboard lessons for kids and offers affordable rates (see pricing below). Aprés ski activities at Sun Valley Resort include ice skating, horse-drawn wagon rides, bowling and movie theaters. Sun Valley's investment in snowmaking and grooming ensures top-notch skiing conditions, complementing the resort's cozy lodges and quality dining options.


Sun Valley Resort horse sleigh ride
photo c/o Sun Valley Resort website

Sun Valley Resort


Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado

Famous for its charming historic town and diverse ski runs, Breckenridge Ski Resort offers a range of programs specifically designed for children, including ski and snowboard lessons catering to various skill levels, ensuring a supportive and fun learning environment. Additionally, the resort is known for its family-friendly après-ski activities, which include ice skating, sledding, family movie nights, and a children's museum. For those adventurous kiddos, check out the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster, a thrilling ride where participants control their speed down the mountain in coaster cars, navigating through forests at an elevated track height, offering spectacular views and an exhilarating experience for the whole family.


Gold Runner Alpine Coaster in Breckenridge CO
c/o Breckenridge Resort website

Breckenridge Ski Resort



Keystone Resort, Colorado

Keystone shines with its Kidtopia program, offering daily kid-focused activities. The resort is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, with slopes for all levels and night skiing options.


Keystone Resort in Colorado stands out as a family-friendly destination due to its daily activities designed specifically for children, making it an ideal spot for family vacations. The resort also boasts a variety of terrain suitable for all skill levels, ensuring that every family member, from beginners to advanced skiers, has a great time on the slopes. Keystone offers sleigh rides, snow tubing and their snow fort, which is fun for kids of all ages.

Keystone Snow Fort
photo c/o Keystone website



Keystone Resort


Northstar California Resort, California

Northstar California Resort is celebrated for its family-friendly atmosphere, highlighted by a laid-back vibe perfect for families seeking a relaxed ski experience. It offers a range of slopes suitable for all levels, a renowned ski school, and a vibrant village filled with dining and shopping options. The resort's focus on creating a welcoming environment for children and adults alike makes it an ideal destination for family vacations. Enjoy the fire-side Northstar's Winter Music Series - held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the winter - with some s'mores and hot chocolate.


kid and adult fat tire snow biking
c/o SkiUtah.com

Northstar Village CA
Northstar Village c/o Northstar website

Northstar Resort


Smugglers' Notch Resort, Vermont

At Smuggler's Notch Resort, children can enjoy a unique winter experience with Siberian Sled Dogs, taking them on memorable rides through snowy landscapes. The resort also offers traditional sledding fun, ensuring laughter-filled afternoons. For indoor excitement, FunZone 2.0 featuresan arcade, bouncy house and laser tag. Additionally, the Winter Carnival stands out with its festive atmosphere, offering everything from face painting to interactive games, making Smuggler's Notch a delightful destination for kids seeking both adventure and amusement.


siberian dog sledding
Dog Sledding c/o Smugglers' Notch website



Smugglers' Notch


Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont

Stowe offers a distinctive lineup of kid-centric activities and programs, including the renowned Ski and Snowboard School, which caters to young learners with a blend of fun and education. The resort's Adventure Center is a hub for family entertainment, featuring an indoor climbing center, an ice skating rink and off-site movie theater. Additionally, Stowe's various seasonal events, like winter carnivals and ice skating parties, ensure that families have a memorable experience both on and off the slopes.


indoor rock climbing at Stowe Mountain Resort
Indoor rock climbing c/o Stowe website



Stowe Mountain Resort



Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont

Okemo is celebrated for its family-oriented atmosphere, offering unique programs like the Jackson Gore Ice House for ice skating and the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, which winds through the snowy forests. Okemo also provides a comprehensive ski and snowboard school for kids, ensuring they learn in a fun, safe environment. Snowtubing and sleeding



child snowtubing
Snowtubing c/o Okema site


Okemo Mountain Resort



Be sure to check with each resort for updated pricing, special events for kids and lesson packages. Whether it's your kids first time skiing or they're the next Lindsey Vonn, there's a mountain best suited for your family.


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