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best family ski destination

best family ski destination

Looking for opinion on top 3 - 5 family ski destinations in US. All beginners
asked by martindjag@comc... 3 years 6 weeks ago
answers (6)
Brian Head, UT: beginners on one mountain and the rest on another, and adult lift tickets are only $49. Oh ya, Utah powder!!!
Steamboat Colorado! Everything is geared toward family - depending on ages your kids can fly free and ski free, plenty of beginner slopes and plenty of challenge for the advanced skier. Lots of activities for all ages - rent a condo at Trappeurs Crossing for great family fun evenings and convenient shuttle service all over the Yampa Valley. And the powder is guaranteed.
Why even look for a ski "Destination" if you are all beginners?!! Why spend the air-fare and lodging for Bunny Hills?? Ski the hell out of the little hill close to home until you are all at least mid-intermediates. Then you can enjoy a good BIG hill! OK here's some I like, and the reasons -- AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA -- Small, friendly & cheap(er) - Sunlight: one base, near Glenwood Springs (hot springs) and Aspen; Sol Vista: 2 mountains, one base = easy to get back together; Ski Cooper (not Copper Mtn): beginner runs all come to one base (side lift has the hard stuff); Loveland: has one very small ski area (Valley) with bunny hill and a top-to-bottom green, and another large ski area (Basin) with 3 (of 6) chairs having top-to-bottom green runs. -- BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB -- Big Resorts - Keystone: a resort with 3 mountains, and all greens are on the front mountain, but has a beginner chair and a magic carpet at the TOP of the mountain for great snow for beginners (avoid the urge to ski "Schoolmarm" until you are sure 3 miles non-stop will not wear your most beginner out! -- so down-load the gondola to be fresh for the next day), central to all of Colorado; Breckenridge: great town, 2 mountains with green, and a third (Peak 7 ) with very easy blues, lots of other stuff to do; Copper Mtn: "naturally separated terrain" means the greens in one part with "green" base, blues to the left and black further left, also has a more-difficult green area at the top. -- CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC -- I DO NOT suggest Steamboat for beginners!...basically the only green runs are at the low-altitude base which can be sparse or slushy snow, there are no greens above the gondola, and the few from there are LONG catwalks (often narrow) and one run will likely exhaust you for the day, expensive and discounts are rare....however, a great town with lots of other stuff to do.
I'm obviously biased working for a Park City company, but this is honestly a fantastic destination for families! Deer Valley's perfectly groomed runs and varied terrain make trying new slopes incredibly easy for beginners, and there's a wide range of green and blue runs all over the mountain so you won't be limited to a single hill. Park City is fantastic if you have snowboarders in your group as well. Both of these resorts are very beginner-friendly with great programs for kids. You can't beat the landing-to-lift-line time, either. Park City and Deer Valley are both less than an hour from the airport. Once you become intermediate skiers, Canyons Resort will be a lot of fun for you, but I would wait until you are able to enjoy its more advanced terrain. I hope this helps!
Northstar At Tahoe is a medium-size resort that should keep skiers of all age happy. It's compact base area is easy to navigate.
Park City Ski Resort. I am being bias since I am from Utah. It's a great town. Lot to do after skiing and great foods. Like ResortWest said, it easy to get to and fun. You won't regret it.

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