Family Ski Vacation Ideas

Best Family Ski Vacation Idea #1: Killington Ski Resort, in Vermont makes a great New England ski vacation idea for the family. They have over 150 trails so everyone can go at it no matter what their experience level. The terrain is extremely varied so you have a lot of choices here too. Killington has a long season with lots of natural snow augmented by man-made snow.

It’s the region’s largest ski resort with an incredible number of accommodations available from condos and motels to lodges and country inns. The family is not limited to just skiing. Ice-skating, snowshoeing and sleigh rides are available.

Killington also caters to the younger children. Childcare is offered at the Killington Children’s Center. Introduce the children to skiing and other outdoor activities with the First Tracks program.

For children 6 to 12 there is the Superstars all-day skiing program and for teens 12 to 15 there is the Killington Teen Ski.

Best Family Ski Vacation Idea #2: Moving south from Killington you will find another excellent Vermont family ski vacation idea, Mount Snow. This ski resort really caters to families.

Their Kids Rule Adventure Week features free lift tickets for kids under 12, pizza & movie night, a scavenger hunt, character breakfast with the Snow Monsters and more.

There’s Kids Ski & Learn Free Weeks in January. Mount Snow has learning programs for all ages with the emphasis on Fun.

They feature a rope tow and beginner chairlift, certified ski and snowboard instructors, special teaching terrain and indoor learning facilities.

Best Family Ski Vacation Idea #3: Crested Butte Mountain Resort, in Colorado, is set in an incredibly beautiful spot surrounded by six mountain peaks. Their expert areas include steep trees and bowls on advanced terrain. There’s a superpipe, Canaan terrain park, kid's park, tubing hill and plenty of beginner’s area.

This family ski resort features free skiing all season for children under six. Childcare for infants is available at Children’s Ski Center. There are several instructional programs for children 2 to 7 and 8 to 12. Other activities you may want to try are horseback riding on snow-packed trails or hot-air balloon rides from Bighorn Balloon.

Best Family Ski Vacation Idea #4: Winter Park Resort, also in Colorado, is often called Colorado’s favorite ski resort and it probably lives up to that name. It’s one of the largest ski complexes in the western United States.

Winter Park is known for its friendly down-to-earth atmosphere, user-friendly terrain and family oriented activities. Discovery Park is a unique beginner’s area designed to facilitate learning-to-ski. It’s great for children and novices to practice on.

Winter Park has a top-rated children’s ski program at the Children’s Center with lots of programs for all ages. Off the slopes everyone can enjoy riding the giant inner tubes at Fraser Tubing Hill. Take a spin on a snowmobile, go on a night sleigh ride or gather for dinner around a bonfire. This is a good choice for a family ski vacation idea.

Best Family Ski Vacation Idea #5: Silver Mountain Resort, near the small town of Kellogg, Idaho, gets over 300 inches of snow every year. It was formerly a silver mining area but when the silver ran out the locals turned to tourism to keep the town alive.

It is now booming as a popular ski destination bringing in skiers from around the world. Besides skiing, the resort's ski village features a 42,000 square-foot indoor water park with a surfing machine, a lazy river and water slides. The mountains have miles of paved biking trails. This is a great family vacation idea.

Best Family Ski Vacation Idea #6: An excellent California family ski resort is Soda Springs Winter Resort. It's located on Donner Summit only two hours from Sacramento. At Soda Springs the focus is on the kids. They've got both beginner and intermediate trails that are great for families. And Soda Springs knows that kids love tubing so they have tubing park the teens and another one for the younger kids.

At Planet Kids the 10 and under family members can have a good time on the tubing carousel, the moving carpet ride as well as snowboarding and skiing. Soda Springs small compared to its large scale neighbor, Squaw Valley, but it makes up for size with inexpensive rates and a fun family oriented agenda.

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