Northern Rockies

Best in the West 2018: Kid Friendliness

The results of our reader-ranked survey of the top 10 kid-friendly resorts in North America.


No. 1: Deer Valley, UT

“Super kid friendly, the kids’ programs are unmatched!”

Photo courtesy of Deer Valley Resort.


No. 2: Snowmass, CO

“Snowmass has some of the best lifties that I’ve ever met when it comes to helping out kids! Patient and courteous. Not to mention the ski school itself is top-notch.”

Photo courtesy of Aspen Skiing Company.


No. 3: Brighton, UT

“Brighton is the best place to take family trip or youth groups, there’s a reason it’s famous for good ski instructing and good terrain for all abilities.”

Photo courtesy of Brighton Ski Resort.


No. 4: Keystone, CO

“They really cater to kids, from the snow forts, kids’ programs, and plenty of kid-friendly terrain.”

Photo courtesy of Tom Cohen, Keystone Resort.


No. 5: Winter Park, CO

“Family skiing at its best, plain and simple.”

Photo courtesy of Chris Wellhausen, Winter Park Resort. 


No. 6: Steamboat, CO

“Super family friendly, not just the ski school and instructors, but all the employees are great with kids as well!”

Photo courtesy of Larry Pierce, Steamboat Ski Resort.


No. 7: Northstar, CA

“Lots of navigable terrain that you can do with your family, and a great ski program for the kids. Overall a great family mountain.”

Photo courtesy of Northstar Resort.


No. 8: Whitefish, MT

“Three generations of my family have grown up skiing here, Whitefish is amazing! There’s great terrain for all levels, making it perfect for families.”

Photo courtesy of Whitefish Mountain Resort.


No. 9: Copper, CO

“It’s the perfect family resort at a reasonable cost, hands down our favorite place to ski as a family!”

Photo courtesy of Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain Resort.


No. 10: Beaver Creek, CO

“I took my kids here there whole lives, and now we’re all going with my grandkids! The terrain is challenging and rewarding to accommodate our entire family with varied abilities year after year.”

Photo courtesy of Jon Resnick, Vail Resorts.

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