Top 8 Family-Friendly Ski Destinations 2017

Kid Tested, Parent Approved: Natural Retreats’ Top 8 Family-Friendly Ski Destinations 2017

With so many impressive places to try out for the ultimate snow sporting experience it isn’t easy to pick just one. The travel experts on Natural Retreats’ Xplore Team have done research for you and hand picked their Top 8 Family Friendly Ski Destinations of 2017 for you. From Mammoth to Montana, if you’re looking for the thrill and chill of the perfect day on the slopes, check out our list and get planning for your next adventure with the whole family.

Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley has two mountains available and more than 3,400 vertical feet spanning over 2,000 acres of varied terrain, Sun Valley offers a memorable experience for skiers and riders of all abilities. The birthplace of destination skiing, a Sun Valley lift ticket will get you on any of the 17 chairlifts on Dollar and Bald Mountains. Not to mention, kids under 12 ski for free with the purchase of an adult ticket!

Big Sky Mountain, MT

Enjoy the Biggest Skiing in America where a single lift ticket gives you access to two world-class resorts: Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin. With over 5,000 acres of terrain and runs for every skill level, skiing and snowboarding in Big Sky is an experience that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Mammoth Mountain, CA  

Mammoth has 27 lifts and 3,500 acres to explore, Mammoth Mountain is certainly a top ski destination in North America. This huge mountain towers over 11,000 feet high and includes 150 trails for endless adventure. If you are looking for pipes, rails and hits, you’ll be right at home at the world-class snowboard park with 3 half-pipes and hundreds of jumps for boarders at every experience level. So wax your skis, tighten your bindings and get your board ready for the ultimate Mammoth Mountain experience.

Winter Park, CO

Winter Park Resort is Colorado’s longest continually operated ski resort and boasts a 75-year history. Spanning over 3,000 acres of award-winning terrain, skiers and snowboarders of every level are sure to find excitement all over the Seven Territories. The Village at Winter Park offers great dining options, shopping and other sources of fun including an ice rink, tubing, and other excitement. With 300 days of sunshine and an average of 320 inches of snowfall each year, Winter Park really is Denver’s playground.


 Northstar, CA

Northstar California combines California cool with upscale luxury to create a skiing experience like no other. 20 lifts and an average of 350 inches of snowfall make Northstar an exciting ski area with runs available for every skill level. This award-winning winter destination full of gorgeous Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe views will leave you wanting to come back for more. After skiing the almost 3,000 acres of terrain at Northstar, relax and refuel at the charming village. With great dining, shopping and entertainment, a trip to the village at Northstar is an adventure in and of itself.

Aspen, CO

Known around the globe as a world-class winter destination, Aspen is synonymous with the ski culture of Colorado. Famous for its steep terrain and great snow, Aspen Mountain – locally known as Ajax – is a great place to start. Take advantage of Ski Butlers, a full service ski and snowboard shop who will deliver your equipment and get fitted in the comfort of your accommodations. If there are any issues during your rental, Ski Butlers will meet you to fix those problems anywhere that is convenient for you.

Wolf Creek, CO

Whether you’re a seasoned skier or it’s your first time on skis, Wolf Creek Ski Area is a perfect day trip from Keyah Grande. With 430 inches of snow each year, Wolf Creek boasts the most snow in Colorado! In addition to plenty of fresh pow, you will find a ski school, dining and shopping in the village.

Teton Springs Lodge and Spa, ID

A variety of trail systems for adventurers of all ski levels are waiting at Grand Targhee Resort and Jackson Hole. Teton Springs Lodge & Spa sits right between Grand Targhee Resort and Jackson Hole, making it the perfect destination from which you can explore all of the trail systems of neighboring resorts. Explore the groomed cross-country trails of Grand Targhee which pass through scenic glades and meadows, or discover a wide range of terrain in Jackson Hole which offers multiple powder paradise resorts. There’s no skiing or snowboarding experience you can’t find within range of Teton Springs Lodge & Spa.

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