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5 U.S. ski resorts for families

From Colorado to Vermont to California, we round up the best picks across the U.S.

We've all heard that the family who plays together stays together. Even if a clan contains all types —from shredders to spa-lovers — the slopes can offer wintry entertainment for varying activities, skill levels, and tastes. The following resorts across the country have a reputation for being especially kind to kin. Not only will kids of all ages find happiness at these spots, there’s plenty for parents to enjoy, too.

Where: Beaver Creek, CO
The promise of hot chocolate on the mountaintop in the morning and a warm chocolate chip cookie break each afternoon awaits at this picturesque resort. In addition to seemingly endless entertainment options from sleigh riding to shopping to a skating rink, Beaver Creek has been recognized by the National Ski Area Association with an award for overall safety.

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Where: Stowe, VT
This New England ski area is home to one of the most well-known families in the world: the Von Trapps of Sound of Music fame settled in Stowe after they fled Europe. The family continues to run a lodge in town, the Trapp Family Lodge, where families can enjoy miles of cross-country skiing on property, along with activities such as baking classes and yoga. Mount Mansfield lies just minutes down the road. And the famous Ben & Jerry’s factory offers tours, and tastings, in nearby Waterbury.


Where: Lake Tahoe, CA
The Tahoe Value Pass allows access to three resorts — Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Northstar — so there’s little risk of becoming bored in Tahoe. Families especially enjoy Northstar for its tubing hill, bungee trampoline, moonlight snowshoe tours, and après-ski activities such as “build-your-own-smores” cookouts right in the village at an outdoor firepit.

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Where: Keystone, CO
While the snow fort “Kidtopia” — with its tunnels and climbable exterior — will enchant the little ones, weekend fireworks, parades, and mountain lightshows entertain any age at the snowy western respite of Keystone. Snowbiking, snowcat tours, and a horse-drawn wagon to dinner in a rustic cabin amp up the usual seasonal fun.

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Where: Park City, UT

Who wouldn’t be impressed by slopes where you can ski side-by-side with an Olympian? Live the dream at Deer Valley. Be sure to give Heidi Voelker, who will be on the premises all winter, a wave when she swishes by (or maybe ask her for a tip or two). NASTAR onsite ski racing provides another great reason to rub elbows with the athletes.

For even more family-friendly and gorgeous ski resorts, including Big Sky Resort where skiers can watch dogs sledding and Taos Ski Valley, which boasts a state-of-the-art children’s centet, go toFodors.com.