Family Vacation Critic – TripAdvisor’s family travel site – has released its annual list of 10 Best Ski Resorts for Families, selected by our family experts and based on family-specific criteria like programs for kids, lessons for all ages and money-saving packages.
Here’s their list, which mentions family perks at the various slopes:
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 7-12 years, offering age-specific activities like pizza, movies, swimming and skating.
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Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, Stratton, Vt.
Family perk: Group ski lessons for 3 and older, customized by age group.
Camelback Mountain Resort, Tannersville, Pa.
Family perk: Ski and snowboard lessons, tubing, two terrain parks and a mountain coaster.
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Hancock, Mass.
Family perk: Ski and snowboard lessons are available to for ages 3-14, and include lunch and hot chocolate breaks.
Beaver Creek Resort, Beaver Creek, Colo.
Family perk: Beaver Creek Loves Kids and Beaver Creek Loves Teens programs for families, including pizza parties, arts and crafts and mountain excursions.
Badger Pass Ski Area, Yosemite National Park, Calif.
Family perk: Badger Pups Downhill Ski/Snowboard Program includes two lessons for ages 4-6, and an all-day kids camp is available on holidays and weekends.
Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Courtland, N.Y.
Family perk: Junior Ride and Ski School for kids as young as 3, and an on-site youth center with plasma TVs and an arcade.
Smugglers’ Notch, Jeffersonville, Vt.
Family perk: Lessons for all age groups, plus a FamilyFest Package that includes lodging, lift tickets and activities .
Northstar California Resort, Truckee, Calif.
Family perk: Teen Alley, with video games, music, movies and special events.
Aspen/Snowmass Ski Resort, Snowmass Village, Colo.
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.