Top 10 List of the Best Family Ski Resorts
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Smugglers' Notch is a resort area in Jeffersonville, Vermont. Its namesake is a narrow notch (mountain pass) running adjacent to Sterling Mountain, which smugglers used many years ago. Smugglers' Notch is nicknamed Smuggs. It consists of three mountains: Morse Mountain, Madonna and Sterling Mountains. The resort attracts skiiers in the winter and summer vacationers during the warmer months.
In the winter the resort centers around skiing and snowboarding. "Smuggs" claims the second highest snowfall average in Vermont behind Jay Peak. A fleet of Hall double chairlifts service a variety of terrain, including novice trails at Morse Mountain and The Village area and intermediate and expert terrain on the main mountains, Sterling and Madonna. Smugglers Notch has been rated the number one family ski resort for years
Okemo Mountain Resort is a ski resort located in Ludlow, Vermont. Before becoming a popular ski resort destination, Ludlow was originally a mill town, and was the home of a General Electric plant until 1977. The resort experienced 600,000 skier visits in 2009. Parents Magazine rated it the Top US Family Snow Resort.
Park City Mountain Resort
Park City Mountain Resort is a ski resort in Park City, Utah. The resort has been a major tourist attraction for skiers from all over the United States, as well as main employer for many people in Park City. Park City, as it is often called by locals, holds many training courses for the U.S. Ski Team, including slalom and giant slalom runs. The resort hosted all snowboarding events and the men's and women's alpine giant slalom events in the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Resort is owned by Powdr Corporation. Until 1996, it was known as Park City Ski Area.
Big Sky Resort is a ski resort located in southwestern Montana in Madison County, an hour south of Bozeman via U.S. Highway 191 in Big Sky.
Opened in late 1973, Big Sky has grown over the last 35 years. Trademarked as the "Biggest Skiing in America" through the Biggest Skiing in America Pass, skiers and riders have access to over 5,000 acres (20 km2). Three-quarters of the vast terrain is Big Sky Resort, with the remaining trails at Moonlight Basin. The Biggest Skiing in America Pass combines the two resorts making Moonlight Basin accessible from the Lone Peak Summit and via the Challenger Lift.
Big Sky Resort also offers meeting space for conferences, weddings and corporate retreats. Other offerings include golf, zipline, frisbee golf, scenic lift rides, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and tennis.
Beaver Creek Resort is a major U.S. ski resort near Avon, Colorado, run by Vail Resorts. The resort comprises three villages, the main Beaver Creek Village, Bachelor Gulch, and Arrowhead to the west. It is the sister resort of Vail, Colorado. Beaver Creek is a regular host of Alpine skiing World Cup events.
Steamboat Ski Resort is a major ski area in northwestern Colorado, operated by the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation in Steamboat Springs. It is located on Mount Werner, a mountain in the Park Range in the Routt National Forest. The ski area first opened on January 12, 1963.
The ski area has 165 named trails spread over 2,965 acres. Fourteen percent are classified as beginner level, forty-two percent as intermediate, and forty-four percent as advanced. It also contains the Mavericks Superpipe snowboard/skiing superpipe one of the premier pipes in North America.
Northstar at Tahoe is a year-round resort situated near the North Shore of Lake Tahoe in Placer County, California, approximately 200 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area. The 3,000-acre resort features 2,280 vertical feet of downhill terrain accessed by 19 lifts (including 8 express lifts), a snowmaking system, a cross-country center, the new Village at Northstar, on-site lodging and summer activities including an 18-hole golf course and a lift-served mountain bike park. It has been owned by Vail Resorts since 2010.
Over the last several years, Northstar-at-Tahoe has transformed into a year-round mountain resort including a new village featuring a variety of shops, restaurants, art galleries, jewelry boutiques, luxury condominiums and a 9,000-square-foot skating rink. There are plans to further expand the terrain with the cutting of new and the addition of new lifts. Recently, a new Ritz-Carlton opened to provide luxury accommodations reflecting the desire to attract a more affluent clientele.
Snowmass is a part of the Aspen/Snowmass ski resort complex located in western Colorado near the town of Aspen, Colorado. It is owned and operated by the Aspen Skiing Company. Snowmass is the largest of the four Aspen/Snowmass mountains, comprising 3,128 acres. The mountain is most notable for its wide cruiser runs, family-friendly atmosphere, and extensive ski-in/ski-out lodging. Despite its family reputation, the resort also contains several terrain parks, extensive extreme skiing terrain, mogul runs, and gladed terrain. Snowmass is undergoing massive changes, including a new gondola along with a new Base Village and extensive improvements to the relatively outdated on-mountain infrastructure.
Snowmass has the most vertical feet of skiing of any ski area in the United States.
Whistler, British Columbia
Whistler is a Canadian resort town in the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains in the province of British Columbia, Canada, approximately 125 kilometres (78 mi) north of Vancouver. Incorporated as the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), it has a permanent population of approximately 9,965, plus a larger but rotating "transient" population of workers, typically younger people from beyond BC, notably from Australia and Europe.
Over two million people visit Whistler annually, primarily for alpine skiing and mountain biking at Whistler-Blackcomb. Its pedestrian village has won numerous design awards and Whistler has been voted among the top destinations in North America by major ski magazines since the mid-1990s. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler hosted most of the alpine, nordic, luge, skeleton, and bobsled events, though freestyle skiing and all snowboarding events were hosted at Cypress Mountain near Vancouver.
Badger Pass Ski Area is a small ski area located within Yosemite National Park. Badger Pass is one of only two lift serviced ski areas operating in a US National Park (Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area in Olympic National Park is the other). It is situated five miles (8 km) south-southeast of the Chinquapin intersection of Wawona Road (HWY 41 continuation) with Glacier Point Road in the southern area of Yosemite National Park. Glacier Point Road provides the access to this ski area. During high snow level and/or ski season, Glacier Point road terminates at Badger Pass ski Resort. Under these conditions, the remainder of Glacier Point Road is used for cross-country skiing access to Glacier Point and other destinations in the high country.
The nearest community to Badger Pass is Yosemite West.
Distance mileage table for facilities and communities near Badger passBadger Pass is at about 7,200 feet (2,200 m) in elevation at the restaurant and services buildings. At the summit of the downhill ski lifts, elevations rise to 8,000 feet (2,400 m). This 90-acre (36 ha) skiing area provides 10 runs and 5 lifts with downhill, snow tubing and snow boarding facilities. There are also training areas with instructors for beginners and novices that need "brushing up". A special snow tubing area has been added to better assist beginners. This is located near the cross-country equipment rental area. For safety reasons, this area is "roped off" so that skiers can not enter the area.
In addition to the downhill facilities, there are extensive cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails. In fact this is one of the highlights of the Badger Pass/Yosemite National Park winter activities. There are over 84 miles (135 km) of trails encompassing many of the tourist sites in Yosemite. In addition, two overnight huts are available for extended winter trips into the wilderness.