Family Fun on the Slopes: Our Top Resorts for the Whole Crew

Great Family Friendly Ski Resorts

Discover the best family ski vacations in the U.S. and Canada with slopes for all skill levels—with a focus on beginner programs, top ski schools, and fun off-slope activities.  

A family takes in the scenery and enjoys a day of skiing in Keystone, CO.

A family ski trip is about more than just the slopes—it's about the memories you make together, laughing over hot cocoa, exploring first tree runs together, catching a live musician at apres, and watching the little ones—or the big ones—conquer their first green run.

While there are many mountains to choose from, certain resorts stand out for their family-friendly amenities, top-notch ski schools, and off-slope activities for family fun for all.

Here's your guide to a few of the best family ski resorts, where fun and learning go hand in hand, adventure awaits at every turn, and the slopes are just the beginning of your winter vacation fun. 

Beaver Creek: Where Every Detail Counts

Beaver Creek isn't just a resort; it's an experience, a place where luxury and family fun merge as one.

Beaver Creek sets the stage for unforgettable family moments with its pristine slopes and top-tier amenities.

  • Signature Parks Collection: designed with beginners and intermediate skiers in mind. 
    • Haymeadow Park—A comforting introduction with gentle slopes and magic carpets, for those just starting. 
    • Red Buffalo Park—Near the summit, this is ideal for families ready to take in majestic views together.
    • McCoy Park—the newest addition, offers 250 acres of family-friendly terrain. 
  • Thursday Night Lights: A magical evening 'glow run', complete with fireworks.
  • Ice Skating: The heart of Beaver Creek Village transforms into an ice rink.
  • Family Pizza Night at Blue Moose: A dining experience for everyone, from the pickiest eaters to gourmet pizza lovers.

Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School ensures that by your third lesson, you're confidently skiing down green runs, or the next lesson's on them.

Keystone: Opening a World of Adventure

Keystone stands out as a premier family-friendly destination, renowned for its welcoming atmosphere and activities tailored for families

A variety of fun-for-everyone features, mix of off-slope activities, and selection of beginner and intermediate trails, makes Keystone an ideal choice for families ready to add skiing and snowboarding to their activities list.  

  • Peak Fun for All: Head to the top of Dercum Mountain to explore the world's largest mountaintop snow fort or do some tubing.
  • Beginner Slopes: Schoolmarm & Endeavor are perfect for beginners and families, with gentle slopes, fun features, and Kidventure zones.
  • Beginner-mediate Slopes Too!: Get a taste of high-alpine terrain suitable for skiers and riders of all levels with Bergman Bowl.
  • Kids Ski Free: Kids 12 and under ski for free with a two-night lodging reservation.
  • Ice Skating at Lakeside Village: Keystone's five-acre lake transforms into a magical ice-skating wonderland, complete with a Zamboni-maintained surface.
  • Scenic Gondola Rides: Take in the breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains.

Keystone's Ski & Snowboard School, is at the heart of its family-friendly reputation—with personalized lessons in a fun, safe environment. 

Okemo: Vermont's Family Ski Haven

Okemo in Ludlow, Vermont, is known for its welcoming atmosphere and offerings that cater to families and beginners. 

With its meticulously groomed trails and snowmaking abilities, Okemo provides a safe and enjoyable learning environment, making it a top choice for those new to skiing or looking to improve their skills in a friendly setting.

  • Beginner-Friendly Slopes: A mix of gentle trails perfect for beginners, offer a scenic and fun introduction to skiing.
  • Innovative Learning Areas: Dedicated zones are equipped with features designed to help build skills in new skiers and snowboarders.
  • Family-Oriented Activities: Beyond skiing, there's a variety of winter activities—from The Snowground Playground to ice skating to a mountain coaster ride.
  • Dining and Après—The resort's vibrant après-ski scene and cozy dining options provide the perfect end to a day on the slopes. Après Afternoons happen every Saturday 2pm – 5pm during the winter season.

Okemo's Ski and Ride School is known for its experienced instructors who specialize in creating a supportive and educational environment for learners.

Stowe: A Blend of Charm and Skiing Excellence

Stowe is known for its picturesque landscapes and beginner-friendly slopes, making it an idyllic destination for families new to skiing and snowboarding.

Nestled within the classic New England charm of Stowe village, the resort offers a blend of introductory terrain and vibrant town life, for a ski vacation that's as fun on the slopes as it is off of them.

  • Gentle Learning Slopes: Wide, gentle beginner trails, like Inspiration, make the perfect setting for first-time skiers and families looking to ski together.
  • Top-Tier Ski School: The resort's ski and ride school is celebrated for its skilled instructors and comprehensive learning programs designed to boost confidence and skills.
  • Adventure Triple Lift: Accesses a variety of beginner-friendly runs, so newcomers can experience different aspects of skiing within a safe learning zone.
  • Village Life: The historic town of Stowe, with its quaint shops and eateries, offers an escape, soaked in the charm of Vermont's ski culture.

At Stowe, the Ski and Ride School is at the heart of the family experience, offering tailored lessons that cater to beginners of all ages. Off-Slope Adventures Await

Heavenly: A Heavenly Start for Beginner Skiers

Heavenly is perched above the sapphire waters of Lake Tahoe, making for a picturesque paradise for families and beginner skiers alike. 

In addition to a variety of beginner-friendly programs designed to make first-time skiers and snowboarders feel right at home, its unique position at the border of California and Nevada offers breathtaking views.

  • Dedicated Beginner Areas: Specific zones like the Boulder Lodge and California Lodge base stations, make for a comfortable learning environment.
  • First Timer's Programs: Tailored lessons for adults and children ensure a positive and supportive introduction to skiing and snowboarding.
  • Easy, Wide Slopes: Beginners can explore almost the entire resort on easy slopes, for adventure without the intimidation.
  • Scenic Gondola Rides: Experience Lake Tahoe's beauty from above, with unforgettable panoramic views. 
  • Heavenly Village: The heart of the resort, offers shopping, dining, and an active apres scene for everyone.
  • Outdoor Adventures: Get into snowshoeing, tubing, and more, for off-slope adventure.

Heavenly's Ski & Ride School is at the forefront of beginner instruction, offering group and private lessons that emphasize fun, safety, and skill development.

Whistler Blackcomb: The Ultimate Family Winter Playground

Among the stunning peaks of British Columbia, lies Whistler Blackcomb—the epitome of a family-friendly ski destination set in Canada's most picturesque landscapes. 

With its expansive terrain and an abundance of activities both on and off the slopes, Whistler Blackcomb transcends the traditional ski resort experience.

Here's a closer look at what makes Whistler Blackcomb a must-visit for families of all sizes, skill levels, and ages.:

  • Olympic Learning Area: Tailored for beginners, this area offers magic carpets and gentle slopes, making first ski experiences fun and safe.
  • World-Class Snow School: Comprehensive lessons for all skill levels.
  • Designated Family Zones & Enchanted Adventure Trails: Features like the Magic Castle on Blackcomb and the Tree Fort on Whistler, keep the excitement alive for kids and intermediates alike.
  • bubly® Tube Park: Multiple lanes for the whole family to tube down the mountain.
  • Whistler Village Charm: Pedestrian-only streets are lined with a variety of shops, eateries, and après-ski venues for post-ski relaxation and entertainment.
  • Cultural Venues and Special Events: Explore events like the Whistler Film Festival, art exhibits, and museums for a touch of education and sophistication.
  • PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola Rides: Take in breathtaking views, summit restaurants  and access to both mountains, even if you’re not skiing. 

Family Skiing Beyond the Slopes

What sets these resorts apart isn't just their exceptional skiing conditions but their understanding that family vacations are about more than just the skiing and snowboarding. 

From Beaver Creek's guaranteed lessons to Keystone's mountaintop snow fort, and Okemo's mountain coaster, these resorts offer unique experiences that make for an unforgettable family ski trip. 

So, pack your skis, gather your loved ones, and set off for an adventure that will be with you forever.