The Best Ski Resorts For Families

The miserable weather in the city should not be keeping families from playing together. Pack your bags and venture out on a ski vacation with the whole clan.

Resorts have recognized that people have different personalities and may like different winter activities, so many offer not only great terrain but also spas, kid-friendly adventures off the slopes and even daycare.[slideshow:96235]

Parents planning a ski trip don't want the mountain lacking in entertainment, lessons or separate areas for the little ones.

There's a lot to consider beyond the basics. Will it be too cold for the kids (or adults) to have a good time? Are the ski schools any good? Do they have a licensed childcare facility for when you want a night out? Are big crowds a problem? Is it too expensive for four people? How about trails that fit the whole family's skill level?

The resorts on the following list have been considered based on the answer to all of these questions. Other features that played a part in the decision were entertaining and safe kids programs, non-ski options, off the mountain activities, and ease of traveling. The locations vary geographically on purpose, so the list if not full of resorts in Colorado and Vermont.

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