Searching for a family-friendly ski resort does not have to be a chore. There are many ski resorts in the United States that were designed with families in mind to make sure that your next ski vacation memorable yet manageable.
Most family-friendly ski resorts offer so much more than just skiing. Activities for children as well as the whole family are year-round and cater to families of every lifestyle and budget. We will cover five that cater to families with amenities to allow parents to enjoy a day of skiing.
If your children are not yet old enough to ski or snowboard you can have a relaxing day on the slopes. If you are new to skiing, it can seem a bit overwhelming preparing for your trip, especially if you are new to skiing. If you have never skied before,do not make the mistake of rushing out and buying all new clothing and equipment. Most of your equipment can be rented. If you have never been skiing before, here is a how to get started skiing guide to get you off on the right foot.
In the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City lies the Alta Ski Area. Opening its doors in 1939, Alta Ski Area is one of the oldest ski resorts in the United States. What makes Alta perfect for families is its abundance of small-scale slopes, quiet nightlife, and inexpensive equipment rental.
Do not be fooled by its no-frills approach however; Alta boasts some very good skiing with a nice selection of trails for families of all abilities. If you have daredevils in the family they are sure to be entertained within the terrain park.
Beaver Creek Colorado
With its abundance of well-groomed, wide trails perfectly suited for beginners and young ones, Beaver Creek Colorado is a perfect ski destination for families. One of its biggest selling points, is that once you park your car, you likely will not need to get in it again until you leave.
Nearly every hotel and restaurant is within walking distance. Beaver Creek also offers day camps for children of all ages where youngsters can learn archery, hiking, mountain biking, and even panning for gold.
WinterPark Ski Resort
Laid-back Winter Park Ski Resort in Colorado caters to families who want to get away from the wallet-busting commotion of the larger Colorado ski resorts. Like most family-friendly ski resorts, Winter Park offers an excellent ski school, wider slopes and easy to use lifts.
One of the biggest attractions for children is the popular Alpine Slide. The Alpine Slide consists of a sled (with an easily-operated handle break) and 3,000 feet of track that twists and turns its way down the mountain. This sure entertain and excite your kids enough to put their phones down!
Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah is more of an upscale choice for families who are looking to splurge a bit on their ski vacation. However, even though everything can come with a higher price tag at Deer Valley, the resort is anything but snobbish. Luxury amenities and amazing service are coupled with a warm, family atmosphere, making Deer Valley extravagant yet unpretentious – a truly unique combination. Even Deer Valley’s impeccably groomed slopes and trails seem indulgent.
Telluride Ski Resort
Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado is perfect for families with children who are a mixture of beginners and experts. Its massive 3,845-foot vertical drop and diverse terrain are sure to keep the more advanced skiers more than happy. For the first timer there is an abundance of calmer, smaller slopes for those just starting out. Telluride also offers a wide-range of activities for children including kids’ festivals, camps, scenic gondola rides, and even a public library.