The United States is a very diverse country, offering an amazing variety of world-class ski destinations from the East Coast to the West Coast. For families seeking skiing adventures, many U.S. ski resorts offer a range of kid-friendly amenities – from daycare to ski school to equipment rentals – ensuring that children of every age can enjoy the fascinating experience of skiing in some of the world’s most scenic mountains.
But the family focus of these resorts often extends beyond the snow. Many of them also offer services such as daycare, soft play areas and fully supervised meal times for children, allowing parents to indulge in more adult-oriented activities and pursuits. If you want to plan a lifetime ski vacation with your loved ones and are looking for the best resorts to visit, we’ve picked 10 family-friendly resorts.
Alta Ski Resort
From an old silver mining town to the top of Mount Mount Baldy, Alta Ski Area is 2,358 feet high and guaranteed to snow year-round. While it may be known for its large alpine skiing facilities, Albion Basin and Collins Canyon have two-thirds of the slopes for beginners and intermediate skiers, making it perfect for families. the Alf Engen Ski School offers half-day and full-day ski lessons for kids, with 45-minute sessions for children under four years old. And kids from two months to ten years old can enjoy ski-free days at Alta Children’s Center as part of a family package. Other notable kid-friendly amenities include the Alta Lodge Kids Club, which offers daily après-ski activities and dinner for parents to enjoy at the Sitzmark Bar. Meanwhile, a fully stocked room at the Cedar Lodge features foosball, pool, ping pong, karaoke and classic arcade games.
With plenty of ski-in and ski-out accommodations, as well as convenient extras like free designated family parking and a free equipment cart, Keystone Resort was designed with families in mind. It’s 70 miles from Denver and has the longest ski day in Colorado, with the slopes open until 8 p.m. on weekends. The resort’s playground paradise — Kidtopia — features the world’s largest snow fort, as well as free, family-focused activities like scavenger hunts and adventure walks every day. Nighttime activities include sledding and ice skating, and the resort’s 15 restaurants will impress even the pickiest of eaters.
Polaris California Resort
Polaris Ski Resort offers a winter wonderland for families of all ages, with over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain and trails for all levels. Juniors will enjoy the terrain park and ski lessons with jumps and bumps testing available for all children ages three and up. Greenwich Village sits on a 10,000-foot ice rink and offers a variety of dining options from waffles to Mexican grills. Visitors can even make their own Lake Tahoe souvenirs at a pottery and candle-making workshop. To make matters worse, Polaris has created its own ” s” moressmobileie, a dedicated daily delivery service that offers free s’ habits.
Big Sky Resort
Located in the northern Rocky Mountains, just 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky offers quiet slopes for beginner climbers. There are plenty of lodging options, from slope-side condos to ski-in/ski-out cabins with hot tubs and pools. The resort offers daycare for children six months and older and a full hot tub, fitness center and daily yoga for adults. Cross-country skiing is popular here, as well as snowshoeing and winter hiking. Other backcountry adventures for children include “nature zip lines,” trampolines and big swings, and dog sledding.
Sun Valley Resort
Built in 1936, Sun Valley Ski Resort was the first ski resort ever built in the U.S. It also boasted the world’s first chair lift. It has been updated since then, but still retains the unique character of a traditional family resort. Families can choose from two mountains with slopes for each skill. Older kids and experienced skiers will love “Bald Mountain”, which has some of the best training grounds in the world. Younger skiers and snowboarders can enjoy the more moderate 600-foot vertical Money Mountain, and its three terrain parks. Other family-friendly activities include sledding, ice skating, ice shows and a movie theater.
Smugglers Notch Resort
Located in Vermont, Smugglers Notch offers family-friendly ski breaks every season. The resort features 78 trails, including the only black diamond run in the east, which spans three mountains and is connected by eight elevators. A carefully designed ski and snowboard program helps kids get acquainted with the slopes and offers therapeutic recreation for those who need special assistance. Other mountain activities include tubing, snowmobile tours and boarding. funZone 2.0 offers 26,000 square feet of children’s entertainment, an indoor playground, arcade games and a rock climbing wall. For teens, the supervised center offers a “parent-free shelter” until 8 p.m. with an Xbox 360, pool table and music.
Deer Valley Resort
For a family-friendly ski break with a little luxury, Deer Valley Resort offers fine dining, boutique shopping and five-star accommodations, all with the skier’s comfort in mind. Stock your energy on the ski slopes with things like ski valet service and an on-site Cadillac shuttle. Ticket sales are also limited, ensuring shorter lines. The Deer Valley Ski Resort School offers top-notch instruction for kids and a schedule that includes mascot spray contests and ice cream making. Thrill-seeking teens will enjoy snowmobile trips, as well as skiing, bowling, billiards and ski arcade games.
Diamond Mountain Ski Resort
With unparalleled views of Lake Tahoe, Diamond Peak Ski Resort is a great value with a family-friendly base, a series of cultivated slopes, open woodlands and cross-country skiing. This 655-acre mountain is much gentler than its neighbors, which makes its 30 trails more accessible. This resort is also wallet-friendly, offering elevator tickets, Flex passes and affordable lessons with a limited child-to-teacher ratio. There are plenty of accommodations to choose from, including the 422-room Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, a year-round heated pool, shallow children’s pool and two whirlpools.
Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort
This 4,800-acre resort spans two states – Nevada and California – with an impressive 97 names to choose from. Those not interested in skiing can take the 3.9-mile Paradise Gondola to Adventure Peak for ski tubing and UTV guided tours. This resort is equally popular for backcountry entertainment, which includes movie screenings, magic shows and ice skating. Finding accommodation is a breeze, with over 10,000 beds within walking distance from the resort’s four entrances.
Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort
Ice castles, hot chocolate trails and snow sculpture contests: These are just some of the non-ski activities families can look forward to at this inclusive, friendly Wisconsin resort. Families have 23 runs to choose from on the 120-acre site, for beginners through experts. What really sets this resort apart, however, are the ski tubes, which have 22 runs over 1,000 feet long, and childcare for children ages 3 to 6, including skiing and snowboarding. The resort does not offer its own accommodations, but there are many hotels nearby, two of the best being the Abbey Resort and the Bay Hotel at Lake Geneva.