Winter isn’t just coming. It is here. The sudden drop in temps has made it clear that it is time to hit the slopes. That may seem like a daunting task for folks with inexperienced young ones, but learning to ski and making it a domestic affair is one of the best ways to get outside in the winter months. It also creates a lot of great memories for the family unit. So, grab your gloves, find your skis and get ready to swish down the mountains with these fantastic family ski spots both near and far.

Photo: Wisp Resort

Wisp Resort
For those of us who really want to get our tykes outdoors, Wisp is the place to be. There are full and half-day programs for the little ones that include lift tickets, instruction and equipment (which let’s face it is half the battle). At about 180 miles from the District and near Deep Creek Lake Wisp offers more than just bunny slopes and black diamonds. Swoosh down hills in snow tubes, take to the ice on skates and explore snowshoeing or just sight see with a sleigh ride.

296 Marsh Hill Rd. (McHenry, Md)
301-859-3159
Online: wispresort.com

massanutten-ski-resortPhoto: Massanutten Resort

Massanutten Resort
Get ‘em started early is what you often hear. Massanutten Resort, just a two hour drive south of the DMV, has a Mountain Cruisers Children’s Program offering up skiing lessons for kiddos ages 4 to 12. Keep in mind that popularity has a price and reservations are required for this program. Open year round with night ski available and hiking this resort is a fun find for families.

1822 Resort Dr. (McGaheysville, Va)
540-289-9441
Online: massresort.com

Photo: Andrea Lacross-Dickerson

Stoweflake Mountain
The New England experience is complete when you arrive at this Stowe, Vermont resort. With 75 years of experience their ski school has the tiny tot instruction thing down pat. When the slopes have worn you out families can nestle in for a sleigh ride, catch a big one while ice fishing or whiz around on skates. Daily tea with cookies for the littles is also offered and parentals can warm up with hot cider and appetizers.

1746 Mountain Rs. (Stowe, Vt)
802-253-7355
Online: stoweflake.com

Photo: Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain
Located five hours from the Capital this small town feeling resort has a friendly-staff and way more than just a chance to play in the powder. Camelback Mountain shows off 30 ski-trails with lessons for all ages on over 166 skiable acres. Snow tubing at the biggest snow tubing park in the USA is fast fun as is the zip line and Mountain Coaster that is guaranteed to shake it up. Don’t forget to head over to the Indoor Aquatopia Waterpark with its 13 water slides, wave pool and a chance for everyone to relax on the lazy river.

301 Resort Dr. (Tannersville, Pa)
570-629-1661
Online: skicamelback.com

 

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—Victoria Mason