Best Family Ski Resorts for a Wonderful Winter Vacation

Are you wondering what the best family ski resorts out there are?

When winter's chill starts creeping over you, you may be tempted to load up the family and head to a ski resort for a wonderful, fun-filled day on the slopes. However, you may not know which areas provide the best slopes for your family.

Here is a list of the best family ski resorts that offer something for everyone in your group, from the beginner to the expert (and the ones that don't want to hit the slopes at all).

Some of the best family ski resorts are those that usually don't cater to the superstar crowd. At these slopes, you face shorter lines, less harried staff and quiet hours in which to bond as a family. Also, you want to consider the lodging at the ski resort you pick for your family vacation. Some resorts offer large lodge-like hotels, while others offer individual cabins. Pick the one that will best suit your family's needs and personality.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado offers a great ski package for the beginners. If you and your family wish to learn how to ski, this would be an ideal spot. Their Ski School helps beginners learn the basics and enjoy the sport. The town itself is an historic landmark, so there are other attractions than the slopes to help you and your family have a great vacation.

Big Sky, Montana also boasts a great Ski School, and they have a special kids "after hours" club, where your children can unwind and meet others their own age. It is also within driving distance of Yellowstone National Park if you wish to experience nature without hitting the slopes.

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Smugglers Notch, Vermont is a great destination for a family ski vacation, especially if your children are beginners or novice skiers. They have an excellent children's program that is run by highly professional instructors who truly love the sport.

Sugar Mountain, North Carolina is also a great getaway for your family ski vacation. With an excellent Ski School that teaches not only the ins and outs of skiing but also snowboarding, your family is destined to have a great time. Also, since most people don't associate the southeast with ski resorts, you will face smaller crowds and more quiet time. Sugar Mountain also hosts Sugar Fest every December, which includes skiing, ice skating, and tubing.

Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia is also one of the best family ski resorts to consider when planning your family vacation. Snowshoe has a number of amenities, including the Big Top (an arcade and game room for all ages), fine dining, snowmobile tours, sleigh rides, and a kids-night-out (giving the parents some much needed alone time). They also have excellent ski instructors to help the beginner learn the basics and enjoy skiing.

When planning your family winter vacation, consider one of these resorts as your destination. Skiing is a great family activity that involves physical activity, skill and togetherness in a winter wonderland. These are just a few of the best family ski resorts you can choose from.

(written in June 2011)

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