“Choosing a ski destination for the family isn’t as simple as just heading for the nearest mountain – families need a resort that offers a safe environment for every age, while also offering enough to keep everyone entertained,” explained Lissa Poirot, editor-in-chief of Family Vacation Critic. “For families with skiers of different skill levels, the most important thing to look for is a resort that offers lessons, trails and programs to best meet the individual needs. Beyond that, convenience is key, and resorts that offer plenty to do beyond the slopes – whether it’s kids’ clubs, family activities or even an indoor pool – always stand out as being ideal for families.”
This year’s list of winners includes:
•Okemo Mountain Resort – Ludlow, VT
Family Perk: Kids Night Out — a childcare program for ages 6 months to 6 years — and Kids’ Night Out X for ages 7 to 12 years, offering age-specific activities like pizza, movies, swimming and skating.
Family Perk: Group ski lessons for ages 3 to adult, customized by age group.
Family Perk: Ski and snowboard lessons, tubing, two terrain parks and a mountain coaster.
Family Perk: Ski and snowboard lessons are available to kids ages 3 to 14, and include lunch and hot chocolate breaks.
Family Perk: Beaver Creek Loves Kids and Beaver Creek Loves Teens programs for families, including pizza parties, arts and crafts, and mountain excursions.
Family Perk: Badger Pups Downhill Ski/Snowboard Program includes two lessons for kids 4 to 6, and an All Day Kids Camp is available on holidays and weekends.
Family Perk: Junior Ride and Ski School for kids as young as 3 years of age, and an on-site Youth Center with plasma TVs, an arcade and more.
Family Perk: Lessons for all age groups, plus a FamilyFest Package that includes lodging, lift tickets, activities and more.
Family Perk: Teen Alley, with video games, music, movies and special events.
Family Perk: New Kids Ski Free promotion for the 2015/2016 season, and a Very Important Kids program with free activities for kids and a meal discount for families.
For more information, visit Family Vacation Critic’s full list of the Best Ski Resorts for Families.