Resorts of the Year 2019: Most Family Friendly in the East

Top 10 resorts in the East for Families, according to SKI's Reader Resort Survey.

1. Smuggler’s Notch, Vt.

Smuggs Top 10 Family

Smugglers' Notch, Vt.

"Smuggs consistently strives to take great care of its guests—and it succeeds!! The kid's programs are exceptional—our kids love them to the point that they beg to go even on days that my wife and I plan to stay in. The three mountains offer a wide variety of terrain that keeps the entire family happy and allows us to continually improve our skills."

2. Wachusett, Mass.

Wachusett Top 10 Family

Wachusett, Mass.

"Love Wachusett When you see the owners busing tables, loading lifts, and talking to everyone it makes you feel like you are part of the family. Great events, great staff, great place, can't say enough about it. The Crowleys do it right!"

3. Jay Peak, Vt.

Jay Top 10 Family

Jay Peak, Vt.

"Jay Peak is an amazing resort. The skiing is amazing, and the whole experience is top-notch. A very family-friendly resort although it is a great destination for all groups and ages."

4. Holiday Valley, N.Y.

Holiday Valley, N.Y.

Holiday Valley, N.Y.

"Holiday Valley is where I fell in love with the sport. My dad started taking me here from Cleveland when I was in elementary school, I have always considered it my home mountain. For the area, Holiday Valley has some great terrain."

5. Okemo, Vt.

Okemo Top 10 Family

Okemo, Vt.

"Okemo is a great family mountain. A perfect place to learn. A perfect place for a mixed skill level group. Expects can have fun and find challenge, and there is plenty of variety for the intermediate and beginner. Everyone can have a fun story at the end of the day." 

6. Sugarbush, Vt.

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"A ski valley with a soul: an owner who skis almost every day, a dedicated and friendly team, a family-friendly community with people of all ages who love to ski and ride and be outdoors, and an unspoiled and scenic landscape. Sugarbush is hard to beat."

7. Mad River Glen, Vt.

Mad River Glen, Vt.

Mad River Glen, Vt.

"Great place to ski, I feel like I'm home when I ski at Mad River. Also, no snowboarding. Great terrain and very family-friendly place."

8. Mount Snow, Vt.

Mount Snow Top 10 Family

Mount Snow, Vt.

"I'm 58 years old and have been skiing at Mount Snow since I was 8 years old. I commute from CT every week and ski three or four days. Myself and my two children in their mid 20s all have season passes."

9. Bretton Woods, N.H. 

Bretton Woods Top 10 Family

Bretton Woods, N.H.

"A great family mountain. The junior pass program is the best deal around for twelve and unders. When there is enough snow (and Bretton Woods seems to get an extra bump compared to everyone else), the trees are the place to be. Love this place."

10. Mount Sunapee, N.H.

Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire

Mount Sunapee, Vt.

"Great family programming and family vibe at Sunapee. Small enough to let the kids roam, but big enough for them to have an adventure. A win-win!"

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