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Making Slopeside Memories

By  Lynn O'Rourke Hayes


Top notch ski resorts are more eager than ever to capture their share of the family travel dollar. Choose your favorite high altitude getaway and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that deals abound for everything from lodging to lift tickets.


Here is a handful of resorts where the snow is calling:


  1. Telluride, CO.  Tucked in a beautiful and majestic box canyon, this extraordinary resort opened Revelation Bowl this year, news that will put smiles on the faces of your family’s powder hounds. Beginners and intermediates love the mountain for wide expansive runs and access to terrain and views typically reserved for the experts.  
  2. Contact:;  800-778-8581

  1. Snowmass, CO.  Already popular with families, Snowmass kicked it up a notch with the debut of their $17 million Tree house Kids' Adventure Center and the mid-mountain Elk Camp Meadows Learning Area. The creatively designed center makes it easy for parents to check in for ski or snow board school, and take care of rentals or last minute slope- side needs. Children from eight weeks and older are welcome at the Center. Snowmass is just nine miles from Aspen.
  2. Contact:;  800-525-6200

  1. Smugglers Notch, VT.  Tucked in Vermont’s Green Mountains, and surrounded by 3000 acres of forest, this resort literally “guarantees” your family will have a good time. With a slew of special programs for children from six weeks to late teens, “Smuggs”, as its known among regulars, has focused on the family market with intensity. Their Snow Sport University promises to take your skills to the next level. There are terrain parks, fun zones, game nights, fire works, sleigh rides, cross country ski trails and teen centers.
  2. Contact:; 800-419-4615

  1. Beaver Creek, CO.  A favorite for our family, Vail’s sister resort, Beaver Creek is modern, yet cozy. With the ambience of an Alpine village, après ski, families enjoy strolling through the square or joining in the ice skating parties on the outdoor rink. New last year : the eight-passenger Buckaroo Express Gondola whisks beginners to their own manicured terrain. After a day on the mountain (there are more than 146 trails) you’ll be mesmerized by the sweet smell of hot cookies offered slope side by smiling mountain hosts. Don’t miss McCoy’s for après ski music appropriate for all ages. 
  2. Contact:; 800-900-5949

  1. Big Sky, MT.  You’ll never fight the crowds at Big Sky Resort. Take advantage of the Lone Peak Pass ( and you’ll also have access to the trails at neighboring Moonlight Basin. By doubling the resort fun, you’ll enjoy the largest single ticket expanse of ski terrain in the United States. Located near Yellowstone National Park and 45 miles from Bozeman, the combined lift ticket provides access to more than 5500 acres of powder possibilities, magnificent views and very few lift lines. Both resorts have family packages, ski and board schools for all ages and a range of child care and family activities.
  2. Contact:; 800-548-4486

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