Temperatures are warming up but many ski resorts are planning to stay open for a few more weeks, beckoning ski families to shed heavy outerwear (but keep those helmets on) and enjoy bluebird days and a host of hopping spring time festivities.
After a few hours of skiing under sunny skies (slather on that sunscreen!), change into your jeans and T-shirts to check out free concerts, pond skimming, Easter egg hunts, wacky contests and other family-friendly resort festivities that traditionally kick off the spring season.
Choosing a resort that fits your family’s style, buying the right gear and packing efficiently are among the practical tips in this article for planning and enjoying a ski vacation with kids. Ready to hit the slopes one more time this season? Here are some of our TravelingMoms’ favorite ski resorts for families.
Colorado ski resorts are celebrating a record snowfall and warmer temperatures with free concerts and other spring festivities every weekend until the end of the season.
Beaver Creek, CO. SpringFest activities for all ages includes parades, comedy shows, glow stick ski-downs, fireworks, American Jukebox ice skate nights, complimentary snowshoe tours, teens trampoline tricks class, scavenger hunts, daily 3 p.m. Cookie Time, Family FunFest carnivals, science tents, Easter Egg Hunt and more. Save up to 35 percent off on spring lodging with Beaver Creek’s Spring Break Escape offer.
Alta Ski Resort, UT. At this family-owned, classic skier’s lodge, two kids ages 12 and younger eat and stay free when parents book a room for four or more nights April 1 – 18. In addition, a full breakfast and four-course dinner are included daily at no extra charge. There’s also a complimentary Kids’ Club, geared for ages 4 – 12, but there’s flexibility if younger kids are potty trained.
Park City Mountain, UT. Snowasis is a week-long family-friendly festival featuring outdoor events, scavenger hunts, live music, racing, carnival activities, movie nights and more. The Kids Après Party offers an array of activities. The Annual Easter Celebration and Hunt for the Golden Egg takes place from 9 a.m. to noon April 5. Looking for kid-friendly luxury lodging? The Montage Deer Valley Resort has prime location and many amenities.
Canyons Resort in Utah celebrates spring with a free10-day concert series in the Resort Village, and the annual Pond Skim on March 21, when costumed daredevils attempt to successfully cross a 100-foot pond on skis or a snowboard.
Belleayre Mountain, Highmount, New York. Whether you’re an alpine skier, snowboarder or cross-country skier, everyone is welcome to enjoy spring events, which include a tailgate contest, cardboard classic and dummy races on March 28, and Slush Cup on April 4.
Northstar California Resort. Families are invited to participate in an all-day jelly bean contest and Easter egg scavenger hunt, and enjoy complimentary face painting and photos with the Easter Bunny April 5. Crafts, live music and a kids’ Ripperroo Parade led by the Easter Bunny take place in the Village Egg-tivity Zone. Plus, save up to 30 percent on lodging in this charming village, containing a skating rink, movies, shops and restaurants.
Big Bear Lake, CA. Enjoy California sunshine during the resort’s Spring Break Deal, which includes two free lift tickets when you stay in a rental house or cabin at a rate of $500 or more. Valid at Bear Mountain through April 5, and at Snow Summit through March 29. Not valid with other offers.
Sun Peaks Ski Resort, Canada. Champagne powder, an adaptive ski program, and ski in/ski out lodging ensures there’s something for everyone. Retro outerwear is the theme for the Tod Mountain Days Spring Festival April 11 and 12. Join the fun by wearing bright one piece suits or just tuck your jeans into your ski boots.
Whistler, near Vancouver, British Columbia. Long easy runs through the family zone, a tree fort, family ski lessons, childcare and zip lines are among the many amenities found at this resort. Save with the Easter Stay & Ski Package from $149 per person April 2 – 6.