How To Choose The Best Ski Resort For Your Family

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Skiing can be an excellent activity for all the family to enjoy. The trick is to find a ski resort which is suitable for all members of the family. There may be some people who are expert skiers while others are beginners. You may also have people joining in with the trip who are more interested in the après ski activities. If you have children travelling with you then you need to make sure there is plenty to keep them entertained as well.

Here are some of the things you need to consider when you are choosing a ski resort that is suitable for your family. We are also going to give you some tips about the best family friendly resorts in North America.

What you need to think about when choosing a ski resort for the family

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A skiing trip can be a big investment from a financial and a time point of view. It’s very important to make sure you get a good return on that investment. This is why you need to pay careful attention to what is offered at a resort before you book. Does it offer the type of skiing you prefer? Does it provide skiing opportunities for every member of your party? Are there other activities available for anyone who does not want to ski a great deal?

You also need to think about considerations such as childcare and how easy it is for you to reach your destination. All of these factors are important when it comes to ensuring you have a holiday to remember for all of the right reasons.

Five great ski resorts for families

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We have put together a list of five resorts you may want to consider if you are taking a skiing vacation with your family

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole resort in Wyoming offers excellent skiing opportunities for advanced and intermediate skiers. The resort is not just about skiing either. If you take your family to Jackson Hole, they can enjoy activities such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing, paragliding, wildlife tours and museum and gallery visits. Their “Kid’s Ranch” offers top notch ski instruction for the young ones. The slope-side Teton village has places to eat and some basic shopping but if you want more, head down the mountain to the town of Jackson where its small western town ambiance offers a much larger selection of restaurants and shops. There is something to entertain everyone, including people who do not want to spend too much time on the slopes.

Park City, Utah

Park City, Utah is located just a 35 minute drive away from Salt Lake City International Airport, so it’s pretty easy to get to. It features more than 7,300 acres of skiable surface which includes runs for beginners, intermediate skiers and advanced skiers. The resort caters for the whole family, with a dedicated children’s program and women’s ski camp available. The town of Park City also offers the traveller its abundance of restaurants, art shops and nightlife.

Keystone, Colorado


If you want to enjoy night skiing then you may want to visit Keystone ski resort in Colorado. Visitors to the resort can also enjoy activities such as tubing and sleigh rides. The resort also offers excellent accommodation and dining opportunities, so it’s the perfect place for a family break. The village at the base of the mountain can also offer all of the amenities one could hope for including restaurants and shops. For those who place a high priority on shopping, visit the outlet mall “Red Village” in the neighbouring town of Silverthorne.

Big Sky, Montana

If you are taking children on a ski vacation you may be interested in the kids club which is available at Big Sky resort in Montana. The club is available each day throughout the season; from 4pm to 6pm. Places are limited so if you visit the resort you need to make sure you book your children into the club as soon as possible. There is plenty for the whole family to enjoy at Big Sky; aside from the skiing, there are also zip line tours, climbing walls and dog sledding trips to enjoy.

Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont

Smuggler’s Notch advertises itself as a family friendly ski resort. It emphasises the amount of fun that can be had enjoying activities such as zip lining, skating, yoga and winter walking. There is also a wide range of dining and shopping experiences available at the resort. After shopping you can relax with a swim or time spent in a hot tub.

All of the resorts we have suggested provide ski and snowboard schools for the kids and adults as well as an excellent experience for the whole family to help them enjoy their ski vacation.

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