Instruction for beginners, childcare for little ones, options for non-skiers, and kid-friendly après ski activities – all must-haves for a family ski trip. The following resorts offer age-specific lessons and children-only ski areas for beginners. Day care services, with costs ranging from $5–16 per hour, are de rigueur and most take children from 2–3 years old.

In Pennsylvania, Camelback ( in the Poconos has almost as much to do off the slopes as on, including an indoor water park, scheduled to open in March. In western Pennsylvania, Seven Springs Mountain Resort ( has a full range of ski options, plus a terrain course for snowboarders. Non-ski activities include an indoor pool, mini golf course, and bowling alley, plus sleigh rides and horseback trail rides.

Hunter Mountain ( in New York’s Catskills has the option of half-day ski, half-day childcare on weekends and 14 beginner trails. It boasts the largest snow tubing park in New York, with 18 chutes and special kid-only lanes.

In the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Jiminy Peak ( focuses on families with lots of lesson options, a terrain park, and a “snow coaster,” a driver-controlled roller coaster. Day care is available from 6 months old.


Vermont’s Smuggler’s Notch ( is consistently voted the top family resort in the east, with activities for kids from 6 weeks to 17 years and programs for children with special needs. Its winter zip line tour is not to be missed.

​​ In Virginia, Bryce Resort ( is a cozy resort in the Blue Ridge. With eight runs (mostly intermediate), a Kinder ski school, and a separate snow tubing park, it’s makes a refreshing change from the mega-resorts. Massanutten Resort ( has skiing, snowboarding and tubing, with ski lessons from age 4 and snowboarding lessons from age 7. It also has a spa and a massive indoor water park where the temperature is a steady 84 degrees.

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