If you are planning a winter vacation, check out one of the best family ski resorts as your destination. One reputable source for ranking ski resorts is SKI magazine. This magazine is one resource that readers keep going back to for the latest information on skiing and resorts. They rank ski resorts in the category of family-friendly programs. However, regardless of any official rankings, choose a resort that has the best programs and activities that interest your family.
1. Steamboat, Colorado
In 2008, SKI magazine named Steamboat the best family ski resort in the West. This is the sixth consecutive year that Steamboat has received this honor. Some reasons include their outstanding Kid's Ski Free program and the Steamboat Mountainwatch that provides quality child care. There are endless activities for the entire family to enjoy at Steamboat. From music to entertainment, there is something for everyone.
2. Deer Valley, Utah
This #2 ranked resort has been named one of the best family ski resorts. They offer everything from skiing to snowmobiling for the entire family to enjoy. This resort located in Park City, Utah remains a family favorite due to its various dining options, its entertainment and its wide range of winter activities. Some fun things to check out at the resort are their guided adventures such as snowshoeing, dog sledding and sleigh rides.
3. Beaver Creek, Colorado
Beaver Creek has family ski lessons and a wide range of family-centered activities such as ice skating, cookie time at the bottom of several slope locations, bungee trampoline, mountain tours and private and group lessons for children 3 years and up. There are also several programs for the entire family to enjoy. This resort offers play school and day care services as well.
4. Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
At this family resort, you are sure to find groomed runs, parks and terrain for all skill levels and some of the best activities around. The readers of SKI magazine voted this resort the best family resort in California. From skiing to mountain biking and from golfing to scenic lifts, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Not to mention the movie nights and live entertainment being offered as well.
5. Snowmass, Colorado
Snowmass is actually part of the Aspen Snowmass resort. This family-oriented destination consists of four resorts, Snowmass being one of them. When visiting, check out the Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center featuring a wide range of activities that any kid will surely enjoy. Whether it's the terrain park or the indoor ice skating, there is something for everyone!
6. Whistler Blackcomb, B.C
Not only is Whistler Blackcomb the Official Alpine Skiing Venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, it is also known as one of the top family-friendly ski resorts. Ski and snowboard lessons are available for the entire family from children to teens to even adults. Whistler Blackcomb offers licensed childcare for children age 18 months to 48 months.
7. Sun Valley, Idaho
Located in central Idaho, this resort is one of the best family ski resorts and is great for people of all ages. It offers a wide range of activities in addition to skiing, such as ice skating and sleigh rides. Skiers of all ages and skills can take part in Nordic clinics and classes.
8. Vail, Colorado
Vail is a well-known resort in Colorado and around the entire world. It offers outstanding skiing as well as a wide array of family-friendly activities. Lessons, child care and a nursery are all part of the resort's family offerings. There are many family dining choices as well as activities such as snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and horseback riding.
9. Park City Resort, Utah
Park City has a wide range of family activities. Their ski school offers both private and group lessons for skiers of all ages and skill. Besides skiing, the family can enjoy tubing, ice skating, cross country skiing and taking a sleigh ride. The outdoors are spectacular at this scenic resort filled with entertainment and activities that will satisfy the pickiest families.
10. Keystone, Colorado
Keystone is the perfect family resort. It is a great place to experience quality family time. From dining to activities there is something for every family member to enjoy. In addition to skiing, guests can enjoy tubing and sleigh rides as well. After playing hard, you can relax at the lodge and spa.