5 Great Family-Friendly Skiing/Riding Destinations

How will you and your family spend your next winter vacation? If hitting the slopes, terrain, and trails excites your imagination and gets everyone in your brood excited, then a visit to a family friendly skiing and riding resort is just what you need to bring that imagination to life!


In the United States and Canada, there are several activity-packed resort destinations to choose from and no matter which one you choose, you’re guaranteed to find activities that interest every member of the family.

Here are some great places to consider for your next winter vacation:

The Pocono Mountains – Located in Pennsylvania, and famous for its resorts, the Pocono Mountains offer lots of fun and exciting family oriented activities. Boasting 185 slopes and trails ranging from beginner hills to steep expert slopes, the Pocono Mountains are a wonderland to behold! The Blue Mountain Ski Area has the highest vertical in Pennsylvania, and is where skiers come to experience modest mountains and impeccably groomed trails. However, if skiing is not your activity of choice, then there’s always snow-tubing. Look no further than Camelback Mountain for the largest snow-tubing park in the United States. With two Magic Carpet Lifts to carry you to the top of the mountain, and 42 tubing lanes to plummet you back down, there’s no doubt you will have the most exhilarating experience of your life! Whether you plan to go skiing, snow-tubing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling – you name it , you can do it all at the Pocono Mountains.

Loveland Ski Area – As one of the oldest ski areas in the country, and one of 28 ski resorts in Colorado, Loveland has an estimated 1,800 acres of terrain for pure enjoyment and is where you go to solely ski and ride. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced skier, there are classes offered twice a day–morning and afternoon–to teach techniques relative to your skill level. This is a great way for beginners to learn and to build confidence and have fun while doing it.

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts – Nestled under the Sierra Nevada Mountain range are some of the most premier ski resorts waiting to show you the time of your life. Covered with 400+” of the fluffiest snow anywhere, and boasting 300+ beautiful sunny days each year, Lake Tahoe is the perfect vacation destination for the family. Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Northstar California are a mecca of beauty and packed with more entertainment and creative learning experiences than you can imagine . . .so much so that it will fast become one of your family’s favorite places to visit. So whether you’re planning to go skiing, sleigh riding, snowmobiling, snow-tubing, or ice skating – Lake Tahoe has you covered! However, if snow play doesn’t excite you, then delight yourself with a bit of shopping, a boat cruise, or perhaps a visit to the spa for a luscious day of pampering.

Alta Ski Area – Favored not only by the locals, the Alta ski area in Utah has become a favorite of many tourists. Known for its great customer service, awesome terrain, and inexpensive lift tickets, Alta is definitely worth considering if you are planning a family vacation or you’re a beginner just learning to ski. While snowboarding is not permitted at Alta, it is at the Snowbird Ski resort which connects to Alta and is accessible via ski lift. With both areas combined, visitors have double the terrain– which means double the snow play, double the experience, and double the fun! For added convenience, Alta offers two ski-in and ski-out restaurants and a rental shop for its customers.

British Columbia Mountains – The British Columbia Mountains include 13 adrenaline-packed luxury resorts, and is where ski aficionados come for the thrill of a lifetime! Each resort has its own charm, and promises a unique experience for every customer. Whistler Blackcomb, Revelstoke, and Big White–to name a few– are some of the most popular resorts, and are known for their unparalleled vertical and varied terrain. If you are a non-skier, but still want to enjoy the snow, then snowshoeing and sleigh-riding might be just the activity for you.

There are a plethora of ski resorts to choose from, and these are just a few of the popular ones. But whichever resort you decide to visit, as long as you experience it with family, you’re guaranteed to have lots of fun and exhilarating moments that will last a lifetime. So get planning and let the fun begin!