Top Teaching Programs at Family Ski Resorts - My Family Travels

Which North American ski resort has the best children's program? For 2008, Ski Magazine and look at different aspects of what makes a snowsports destination great for families.

Children’s ski programs are becoming a mainstay of major winter resorts, but which destinations have the best? When researching the choices for your next ski vacation, it always helps to look to the experts.

Ski Magazine 2008 Picks

We wanted to share with you the resorts selected by Ski Magazine and its expert editors as “Great Family Resorts” in North America, based on convenience, creative programs, and service. They are:

1) Beaver Creek, Colorado

2) Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

3) Deer Valley, New Hampshire

4) Northstar at Tahoe, California

5) Okemo, Vermont

6) Park City, Utah

7) Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont

8) Snowmass, Colorado

9) Steamboat, Colorado

10) Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia


KidznSnow 2008 Picks

One of our favorite snowsports websites,, did a different round-up of their “Great Family Destination Vacation Resorts.” Besides their fine beginner facilities (especially those geared to the youngest kids) and learn-to-ski and ride programs, recommends these resorts for their cozy family atmosphere and great prices. Their picks:


* Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

* Lake Placid, New York

* Sunday River, Maine

* Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont

* Okemo, Vermont

* Boyne Mountain, Michigan

* Crystal Mountain, Michigan

* Banff-Lake Louise, Alberta

* Panorama, British Columbia

* Silver Star, British Columbia

* Steamboat Springs, Colorado

* Winter Park, Colorado

* Vail, Colorado

* Breckenridge/Keystone, Colorado

* Sun Valley, Idaho

* Park City, Utah

* Grand Targhee, Wyoming

* Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia

* South Tahoe, California and Nevada

* North Tahoe, California and Nevada

* Mammoth Mountain, California

* Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

For more in-depth ski resort reviews and winter touring ideas, check out the reviews of contributing editor Laura Sutherland (author of “The Best Family Ski Vacations in North America”) that examine the top ski resorts for families with children of all ages and skiers of mixed abilities.

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