With snow starting to fall on the mountains, it’s time to think about packing your ski bags for some family fun on the slopes. There are tons of great ski resorts across North America, but not all of them are the perfect choice for a family ski holiday. To be considered one of the best family-friendly ski resorts, they must offer instructions suitable for all ages, have special slopes that are just for beginners and a range of runs that aren’t too difficult for kids. Having a huge step up in difficulty from the beginners slopes to all the runs off the chairlift can put a lot of kids off skiing. Other factors include pricing for lift tickets and equipment rentals, childcare or kids’ camps, plus a variety of non-skiing activities for everyone to enjoy.
Beaver Creek, Colorado
The wonderful thing about Beaver Creek is that it is a very self-contained resort. This helps parents feel much more at ease about their children skiing on their own. The kids will love ice skating in the middle of Beaver Creek Village or riding a tube down Haymaker Tubing Hill. You can also get lost in the Marmot Maze before stopping in one of the many surrounding restaurants for an afternoon snack or a warming cup of cocoa.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available for kids as young as three as well as adults. The night before your kids’ ski lessons, you can take them to Riperoo’s Rockin’ Registration. They offer food and fun while getting your children registered for their lessons and fitted for their rental equipment. At 3 o’clock every afternoon, enjoy a fresh chocolate chip cookie being served by chefs.
Big White, Canada
The Big White Resort in Canada offers plenty for the family to enjoy on a ski holiday. As well as magic carpets, there are several easy but fun beginners runs at the base of the mountain. It’s the perfect spot for kids to gain confidence with chairlifts and actual runs. They can even practice going through the trees to find Winnie the Pooh’s house, play in a half pipe, try bumps and jumps and a variety of terrain.
In addition to skiing, you can take a turn around the ice skating rink, go for a sleigh ride or take a free mountain tour. They also offer ski lessons for children aged three and up. You and your child can opt for a 2-hour Mom/Dad & Me ski lesson for just $69. Family ski packages can be found for as low as $524 per person for 6 days and seven nights. Children 5 and under ski free and the mountain offers very reasonable packages for beginners that include your pass, gear hire, a lesson and access to the magic carpet and all the beginner runs.
The snow here is dry and the humidity low so you don’t need to worry about the kids getting too wet but this is Canada so temperatures can get cold. Bring plenty of warm layers. Merino layers, such as icebreaker clothing, is a good choice as it keeps the kids warm even if they do get a bit wet from a stray snowball getting inside those ski suits!
Big Sky, Montana
The Big Sky Resort in Montana offers everything you could want for a ski holiday, and at a price that is easier to afford with room rates starting at $119 a night. Another bonus: kids under 10 ski for free! There is also a Kid’s Club at the resort offering a lot of indoor and outdoor activities for children, including arts and crafts, face painting and pizza parties.
All across North America, you can find ski resorts that will give your family a memorable winter holiday. Whether you want a luxury trip or something that is easier to fit into your budget, you will be able to find exactly what you are looking for.