Thinking about a ski vacation can be an overwhelming process. Reaching a destination resort with the family in tow is a major investment of both time and money. Getting to that perfect destination can require driving in snowy mountains or wading through busy airports. How do you know that you will get the bang for the buck that you are looking for? The best answer is to go large and find a resort that offers a little something for everybody in the family.
A sure way to enhance your chance at a successful family vacation is to choose a reputable resort with a focus on the family experience. Here are the top 3 American ski resorts for families:
1. Steamboat. Steamboat is located in Northern Colorado and is accessible by vehicle 3 and 1/2 hours from Denver or the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Like the other resorts on this list, Steamboat is not inexpensive. However, Steamboat is a good bet for a great family vacation. This old cowboy town is quaint and entertaining for all ages. The resort averages more than 360 inches of champagne powder each year. That means there is a good chance you’ll experience a famed Steamboat powder day during your stay. Steamboat sports an excellent ski school that caters to families. The resort offers après ski for adults and children alike along with nighttime fun like snow tubing for all ages.
2. Killington. Killington is the New England ski destination for families. Like the other resorts, Killington offers a little bit of something for everybody. Killington is located in Central Vermont, 11 miles from Rutland. Killington is a driving option for east coasters not interested in shelling out money for a flight west. Killington offers a vast amount of terrain spread over six mountains; a very good, kid centered ski school and many family activities in Rutland. While the Killington lift system can move the crowds, it is advisable that you avoid skiing here on the weekends; make this a destination for a family ski week.
3. Breckenridge. Breckenridge is in the central Colorado mountains and two hours from Denver. Like Steamboat, an airport taxi for the family to your temporary mountain home is a good option for getting here. Breckenridge doesn’t have a reputation for steep terrain but it’s another surefire destination for families searching for that perfect ski getaway. The resort is a first class operation. The town of Breckenridge is also centrally located to other Colorado ski destinations like the experts favorite Arapahoe Basin or another family favorite Keystone. The famed Vail Resort isn’t far down the road either.
Deciding on a destination for a family ski vacation is not an easy task. Consider what each family member is looking for during the vacation and then try to hit a homerun by finding the ski resort that will meet everybody’s needs. The three ski resorts mentioned here are a pretty sure bet when booking the family ski trip.