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Family Skiing

- (And Other Snow Sports)


"Family skiing" here means not just skis and poles but also snowboarding, snow-shoeing, and other fun in the snow. In fact, there's an activity for everyone during a ski trip to the mountains these days (if you count sleigh-rides, tubing, and spas.)

There's nothing as exhilarating as a snowy mountaintop; also a ski trip can truly be together-time, enjoying the thrills, chills (and maybe even a few spills) as a family.

1. Where to Go; Money-Saving Tips

Photo courtesy of Sun Peaks ski resort.
Photo courtesy of Sun Peaks Resort, BC.
Major points to consider, when choosing your family ski destination. Don't forget to factor in "airport-to-slope" time! Also: many tips reduce the cost of family skiing.

2. Resorts A to Z

Alta, Utah Photo ©  Teresa Plowright
Photo © Teresa Plowright.
Virtually all ski resorts put out the welcome mat for families. Kids' programs, ski and boarding schools, child-care centers with infant care, cool teen programs... Check out a selection of top family ski resorts.

3. Destinations, by Region

Photo courtesy of Smugglers' Notch.
Photo courtesy of Smugglers' Notch.
Find choice spots for family skiing, in New England, PA, NY state, Colorado, Utah, Canada, and more.

4. Kids Ski Free

Photo courtesy of Steamboat Springs.
Photo courtesy of Steamboat Springs.
Skiing and snowboarding are expensive pursuits, especially for families: with multiple lift tickets to buy, and kids growing out of their equipment every year. It helps, that there are several different types of "Kids Ski Free" opportunities.

5. More Tips: Get The Most From Your Day

Further advice for family ski trips: making the most of your ski day; practical tips on the slopes with kids.

6. Fun Things to Do at Ski Resorts (Besides Skiing or Boarding)

Snow bikes, photo courtesy of Vail Resorts.
Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts.
Of course, snow vacations are great when everyone wants to strap on gear and slide down the slopes. But what if some in the party don't ski or board? Fortunately, there are great ways to still have fun as a group, and each year ski resorts are adding more activities -- even novel ones such as ice-climbing.
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