Five Ski Resorts for Your Family Vacation

By John Focht

Hitting the slopes for a weekend getaway or trip with the family is a fun way to break up the long winter months. When it comes to ski resorts, some of the world’s greatest ski resorts are right out your back door.

Here are a few of the finest ski resorts in the U.S. for families looking for good skiing and a little more.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Village, Wyoming:

One-Hundred Sixteen swishing trails line the beautiful mountain resort. Jackson Hole is one of the most amazing mountain ski resorts in the country and home to one of the most intimidating terrain’s in the world; Corbet’s Couloir.

Not for the faint of heart, Corbet’s Couloir has been skied by some of the best skiers in the world, while also scaring the ski lifts off others. For those not willing to venture down the trail, lifts pass over Corbet’s Couloir every ten minutes.

Jackson Hole provides entertainment for the entire family. From the kid’s ranch to tubing, and plenty of restaurants and evening entertainment, getting lost in Jackson Hole for a long stay is a terrific way to vacation with the family.

Whiteface Mountains, Lake Placid, New York:

For families on the east coast, some of the premium ski resorts in the country are within driving distance, or a short plane trip. But for top experience and tradition, Whiteface Mountains in Lake Placid, New York is worth the trip.

In addition to its 86 trails and 11 lifts, Whiteface Mountains was home of the 1980 Olympics. Enjoy some of the tradition of Whiteface and the town of Lake Placid. No matter the age of your children, Whiteface Mountains has something for everyone, including a Play-n-Ski which caters to the little ones, according to Family Vacation Critic.

Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville, Michigan:

Rated the best ski resort in the Midwest by Trip Advisor, Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Michigan, is a family owned resort established in 1956.

In addition to their 40+ slopes, Crystal Mountain provides family entertainment with bonfires, bingo nights, snow castle contests, and even Snow Monsters Story Time for the little ones.

Get top-notch skiing, relaxation, lessons, and more at Crystal Mountain.

Park City Mountain Resort, Park City, Utah:

One of three American cities to host the Winter Olympics, Park City is 30 minutes from Salt Lake City. Enjoy tradition and nostalgia from 2002 Winter Olympic games while at your stay at Park City Mountain.

In addition to skiing, families can enjoy the Alpine Coaster and Flying Eagle Zip Line, while getting the first time kids on the slopes in their ski and snowboard school.  Affordable package deals make Park City Mountain Resort a top notch ski resort for the family.

Appalachian Ski Mountain, Blowing Rock, North Carolina:

Now, let’s not kid ourselves, the south is not really known for its skiing. But let’s give them their do because there are a few mountain resorts for the families down south that within driving distance or a quick plane trip.

The Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock, North Carolina provides twelve slopes with half the terrains rated as more difficult, according to Appalachian Ski Mountain.  The southern slope also boasted 96 available ski days during the 2013-13 season.

So, for the families down south that want to get out for a ski weekend, but need a resort a bit more local, this may be an option for you.

This article was originally published January 13, 2014 on the Yahoo Voices Network!