Top 20 Family Ski Resorts in North America

Colorado, British Columbia, and Vermont Have Some of the Best

Looking for a ski resort that goes above and beyond for families? Check out some of the best ski resorts in western and eastern parts of North America based on service, off-hill activities, trail grooming, slope challenge, dining options, and more. 

Believe it or not, you can even find kid-welcoming resorts where your children can stay free, ski for free, or even eat for free.

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    Bald Mountain, Sun Valley Resort Idaho
    Bald Mountain, Idaho.

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    Sun Valley is one of the best family-friendly ski resorts. Period. The short lift lines, a variety of well-manicured slopes, and friendly staff are major benefits. Sun Valley SnowSports School offers children’s all-day group lessons for skiers’ ages 4–12 and for snowboarders ages 6–12. Camp-style lessons go from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. For kids under age 4, the school offers MiniCubs, a 1 1/2 hour lesson.

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    Big White Ski Resort BC, Canada

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    Boasting six lifts, 118 runs, and British Columbia's world-famous champagne powder, this resort has a laid-back, family-friendly vibe where kids can be kids. 

    The Kids' Center has been designed as the ultimate playground with lots of games, activities, of course, skiing. It's the perfect place to introduce kids to the sport of skiing or improve their skills and build confidence on the slopes. 

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    Blackcomb mountain, Whistler, BC

     

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    This goliath resort manages to deliver a perfect ski vacation for families, making it easy for kids to get their snow on. There is a separate family zone on Whistler Mountain and multiple children's areas distributed throughout the ski resort. The Children's Adventure Park, the Big Easy Terrain Garden, and the Tree Forts are very popular with kids. For the bigger kids, there are many events as well as a zipline flight over Whistler. 

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    Deer Valley Ski Resort, Utah

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    Deer Valley offers a terrific daycare program, well-groomed slopes, good food, and top-notch service. Childcare activities include storytelling, art projects, imagination activities, singing, a lot of play time and toys, as well as quiet time. The center has built-in reading nooks for entertainment purposes and performances and outdoor and indoor playgrounds.

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    Steamboat Resort

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    Steamboat offers a superb kids program, powdery snow, great variety of terrain, and the town has character in spades. The Kids' Vacation Center has all-day group lessons for children ages 2 1/2 to kindergarten-age. Children are grouped by age and development and spend their time doing engaging activities inside and outside. 

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    ​Sun Peaks Ski Resort

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    This large ski resort near Vancouver gets high marks for kid-friendliness. It offers the Sundance Kids Center, a fun, activity-filled room for children 18 months to 5 years old, and two outdoor playgrounds.
     

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    Keystone Resort, Colorado

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    This resort gets raves for its all-budgets approach, wonderful daycare for little ones, and a plethora of kid-friendly activities, from Camp Keystone to The Schoolyard, a dedicated family trail with adventure zones.

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    Snowmass Ski Resort Colorado

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    Snowmass is the family-centric sister to Aspen that gets high marks for its kids' learn-to-ski program, excellent terrain, and great lift system. The Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center includes six interactive, nature-themed rooms designed for specific ages, bringing the outdoors inside. Kids can scale the aspen leaf-climber in the Alpine Climbing Room, preschoolers can explore the Bear Den, and infants and toddlers can spend some downtime in the Butterfly Room.

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    Brundage Mountain Resort Idaho

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    This lesser-known resort in the Payette National Forest gets high marks for its kid-friendly vibe and long cruiser runs. Brundage offers daycare and ski lesson combos for the smallest skiers.
     

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    Park City Mountain Resort

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    Park City has excellent learn-to-ski programs, great terrain for all ages, and a ton of fun things to do at the resort and in town. There's an alpine coaster, the Flying Eagle zipline, snowmobiling, and sleigh rides that are perfect for kids in the winter spirit.

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    Smugglers’ Notch Resort

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    Year after year, Smuggs is rated No. 1 for families in the East, with one of the best ski programs in the industry, a plentiful number of on-mountain condos, diverse terrain, top-notch daycare, and few crowds.

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    Holiday Valley Resort

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    Holiday Valley offers a good value, a variety of slopes for everyone in the family, and a town that has tons of charm. Lift tickets for kids age 6 and under are free, and junior rates are available through age 11. Mountain Adventures ski and snowboard learning program and the daycare center are open daily during the winter season. 

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    Mount Sunapee Ski Resort

    Mount Sunapee Ski Resort

    Sunapee has great grooming and snowmaking, plus a kid-friendly vibe that makes it a perennial favorite for families. The ski school has several learning levels and the Mother Goose Child Care Center, located in the Learning Center Facility, is for children ages 1 to 5 years old. ​

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    Okemo Mountain Resort

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    This resort gets high marks for its variety of excellent terrain, ultra-family-friendly atmosphere, and slopeside condos with wood-burning fireplaces. Ski programs start for children as young as two years old and include kids through their teens, where group classes are also a fun way for older kids to socialize.

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    Jay Peak Resort

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    This classic New England mountain has some fabulous off-mountain options, such as the massive Pump House indoor waterpark—good all year-round.

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    Bretton Woods Ski Area

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    Bretton Woods offers gorgeous scenery, excellent lodging, a good ski school, and lots of varied terrain; it makes this resort a favorite among ski families. There's also a two-story climbing wall in the lodge and kiddie-size Polaris snowmobiles to take out for a spin.
     

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    Mont Tremblant village
    Mont Tremblant village.

     

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    Mont-Tremblant is great for on-mountain dining, offers lots of family activities, and maintains runs for every age and ability. 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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    Waterville Valley Resort

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    Along with easy access off the I-93 and short lift lines, families love the slew of kid-friendly activities, Nordic trails, terrain parks, and tubing hill. There is indoor rock-climbing to challenge the kids, indoor ice skating, and even 2-mile dog-sledding excursions.

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    Snowshoe Mountain Resort

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    Within reach of Washington, D.C., West Virginia's largest ski resort offers a great ski school and tons of facilities for families. The resort has snowmobiles for exploring Snowshoe’s backcountry. Not for the faint at heart, the "Cabin in the Woods" escape room serves up riddles, mystery, and mountain folklore for the most daring guests.

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    Attitash Ski Resort

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    The Attitash Ski Resort in Bartlett, New Hampshire, is a great place for families with many nearby lodging options. Children can get lessons for the day or​ if you live nearby or weekly lessons for the season.