Top 20 Family Ski Resorts in North America

The best kid-friendly ski resorts according to Ski magazine readers

Top Family Ski Resorts
••• Big White Ski Resort

Every year, Ski magazine surveys its readers to determine the best ski resorts in North America in various categories, ranking the best for service, off-hill activities, grooming, challenge, dining, and so on.

Looking for a ski resort that goes above and beyond for families? Consult this list of top 20 ski resorts for kid-friendly programming, as voted by the readers of Ski magazine.

Best Kid-Friendly Ski Resorts in the West

  1. Sun Valley Ski Resort: Sun Valley, Idaho
    What makes this place number one? Ski readers love the short lift lines, variety of well-manicured slopes, and friendly staff.
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  1. Big White Ski Resort: Kelowna, British Columbia
    Boasting six lifts, 118 runs and BC's world-famous champagne powder, this resort has a laid-back, family-friendly vibe where kids can be kids.
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  2. Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort: Whistler, British Columbia
    ​This goliath resort manages to deliver a just-right-sized ski vacation for families, making it easy for kids to get their snow on.  
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  3. Deer Valley Ski Resort: Park City, Utah
    Terrific daycare, well-groomed slopes, good food, and top-notch service make this a top pick in the West for Ski readers.
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  4. Steamboat Resort: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
    The readers of Ski love the super kids’ program, powdery snow, great variety of terrain, and the town itself, which has character in spades.
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  5. Sun Peaks Ski Resort: Sun Peaks, British Columbia
    This large ski resort near Vancouver gets high marks for kid-friendliness among Ski magazine readers.
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  1. Keystone Resort: Keystone, Colorado
    This resort gets raves for its all-budgets approach, wonderful daycare for little ones, and plethora of kid-friendly activities, from Camp Keystone to The Schoolyard, a dedicated family trail with adventure zones.
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  2. Snowmass Ski Resort: Snowmass Village, Colorado
    Ski readers fawn over this family-centric sister to Aspen, citing the kids’ learn-to-ski program, excellent terrain, and great lift system.
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  1. Brundage Mountain Resort: McCall, Idaho
    This lesser-known resort in the Payette National Forest gets high marks for its kid-friendly vibe and long cruiser runs.
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  2. Park City Mountain Resort: Park City, Utah
    Ski readers cite the excellent learn-to-ski programs, great terrain for all ages, and a ton of fun things to do at the resort and in town.
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Best Kid-Friendly Ski Resorts in the East

  1. Smugglers’ Notch Resort: Jeffersonville, Vermont
    Year after year, Ski readers vote Smuggs number one for families in the East, citing the best ski program in the industry, plentiful number of on-mountain condos, diverse terrain, top-notch daycare, and few crowds.
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  2. Holiday Valley Resort: Ellicottville, New York
    Good value, a variety of slopes for everyone in the family, and a town that has charm in spades are what stand out for Ski readers here.
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  3. Mount Sunapee Ski Resort: Newbury, New Hampshire
    Great grooming and snowmaking, plus a kid-friendly vibe, makes Sunapee a perennial favorite for families.
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  4. Okemo Ski Resort: Ludlow, Vermont
    This resort gets high marks with Ski readers for its variety of excellent terrain, ultra-family-friendly atmosphere, and slopeside condos with wood-burning fireplaces.
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  1. Jay Peak Resort: Jay, Vermont
    Ski readers note that this classic New England mountain has some fabulous off-mountain options, such as the massive Pump House indoor waterpark.
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  2. Bretton Woods Ski Area: Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
    Gorgeous scenery, excellent lodging, a good ski school, and lots of varied terrain make this resort a favorite among Ski readers. There's also a two-story climbing wall in the lodge and kiddie-size 60cc Polaris snowmobiles to take out for a spin.
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  3. Mont Tremblant Ski Resort: Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
    Great on-mountain dining, lots of family activities, and runs for every age and ability are just some of what Ski readers love most about Tremblant. When you're not on the slopes, you'll have a hard time dragging your kids out of La Source. the huge indoor waterpark.
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  1. Waterville Valley Resort: Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
    Along with easy access off the I-93 and short lift lines, families love the slew of kid-friendly activities, including nordic trails, terrain parks, and a tubing hill.
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  2. Snowshoe Mountain Resort: Snowshoe, West Virginia
    Within reach of DC, West Virginia's largest ski resort offers a great ski school and tons of facilities for families.
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  3. Attitash Mountain Ski Resort: Bartlett, New Hampshire
    The White Mountains resort is a great place for families with many nearby lodging options, say Ski magazine readers.
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