Family ski and snow adventures provide outdoor fun and lasting memories. Here are five places to get cozy with the kids:
Sunlight Mountain Resort; Glenwood Springs, Colo. Choose this relaxed, family-friendly resort's Ski, Swim, Stay package for a multifaceted winter getaway. Ski or ride on fresh powder, soak and swim in the Glenwood Hot Springs pool, and stay in one of 10 participating lodges where rates start as low as $99 a night. What's more, kids under 12 ski free. Families will also have access to snowmobile tours and Nordic ski trails as well as a range of spa services. The Glenwood Vaudeville Review, offering G-rated comedy and entertainment, is good for a laugh.
Liberty Hill Farm; Rochester, Vt. Fire up for your snowy adventures with farm-fresh meals served with care on this picturesque New England dairy farm. The winter package includes lodging and a hearty breakfast, plus discounted ski passes for local downhill and cross-country outings. Help out in the barn, go sledding or make tracks through local farm meadows. Afterward, return to the cozy kitchen, where straight-from-the-oven baked goods, local cheddar and warming drinks await.
Contact: 802-767-3926; libertyhillfarm.com
Park City Mountain Resort; Park City, Utah. A 50th anniversary — the resort opened in 1963 — is something to celebrate. Thus, families visiting this high mountain home of the 2002 Winter Games will benefit from a slew of special packages, giveaways, events and celebrity guest appearances throughout the season. When not carving turns, there are plenty of shops, galleries and restaurants to tempt the whole family along the city's historic Main Street. Ask about family value deals that include free nights and discounted lift tickets.
Contact: 1-800-331-3178; parkcitymountain.com/site/vacation-planning/lodging/package-deals
Taos Ski Valley; Taos, N.M. An 18,000-square-foot children's center can serve as home base for the junior ski set on a mountain that collects more than 300 inches of snow and boasts an equal number of sunny days. The scenic resort offers ski tubing as well as a children's ski area with a dedicated equipment shop, pint-size lifts, lessons, camps and kid-friendly terrain. Day care for children 6 weeks and older is available. Ask about early-season discounts.
Northstar California Resort; North Lake Tahoe, Calif. After a day on the slopes, sweeten the experience by creating your own s'mores around a warm and toasty fire pit. Expand your sporting endeavors by taking a spin on the 9,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink or sampling lift-served snow tubing. The destination mountain resort offers groomed trails for every ability as well as terrain parks and tailored glades for tree-skiing. You'll also find plenty of cross-country options, snowshoeing and shopping to engage your clan.