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Ski and Snowboard with kids is a stand-alone print magazine with 130 pages on family skiing and snowboarding. Looking for a family ski holiday? - This is the ultimate guide in Australia for family skiing and boarding for families with a passion for the white stuff.

We cover ski lessons for kids, driving tips, the best ski resorts for families in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Europe and South America along with some surprise destinations.

There is information on ski resorts, family ski destinations, family ski chalets, products and everything related to skiing with kids and travelling to the snow.

Check out our 2016 Ski & Snowboard Awards for the best family friendly snow holidays carefully selected by our expert judging panel.


New Zealand 





Gear, Agents and Tips

Feature Stories

What do kids know about snow?

Check out the adorable new video from Thredbo Resort for this winter season!

New Zealand


Queenstown Variety

With her daredevil children spice leading the way (kind of), Tracey Spicer braves Queenstown’s snow quartet and discovers that variety is the key to a winter escape.


Swiss BelResort Coronet Peak

Situated in a quiet location nestled in the mountain side. It is the closest hotel to the Coronet Peak Ski Field, only 6 minutes from town and lake Wakatipu and 1km from the Shotover River Jet which offers a range of adventurous activities

Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown is the ideal place to stay and experience Queenstown - a winter wonderland. Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu, Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown boasts breathtaking views over the lake and surrounding mountains.


Discovery Sherwood Hotel

Only a few minutes from Queenstown, set above the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu with enviable views of the Remarkables Mountain peaks, Discovery Sherwood provides an idyllic setting for your holiday. 

Ski Canada

Kids Central at Cardrona

Ben Dark heads to Cardrona slopes in New Zealand and discover the joys of a family ski trip.

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Kiwi Ski

Here we outline of all the amazing possibilities that await you the next time you consider skiing in New Zealand.

Mt Hutt

Mt Hutt, New Zealand

Dig out your woollies and pack for adventure! As well as everything you need for high altitude antics, excitement and relaxation, kids4free means families can treat themselves to the winter wonderland holiday of a lifetime.

Ski New Zealand

Skiing in New Zealand - a handy guide to choosing a ski resort in NZ

For those who just want to hit the slopes, New Zealand boasts about two dozen ski and snow boarding areas. Some are large commercial operations with grand lodges, extensive ski schools and sophisticated snow-making equipment. Others are smaller club-operated enterprises, with limited facilities and a welcoming attitude to visiting families.

Cardrona NZ

Cardrona Alpine Resort

Cardrona is located in the Crown Range only 60mins/57km easy drive, shuttle or bus trip from Queenstown and 35mins/30km from Wanaka. Cardrona is renowned for being NZ's fun and friendly mountain and a natural choice for families, beginners and intermediates. The terrain at Cardrona helps make it an easy place to ski and perfect for those who are still learning.

Stella Resort Group

Stella Queenstown

Stella Hospitality Group offers resort accommodation in Queenstown. Stella Hospitality Group provides a central booking service and single point of reference for all accommodation needs - giving you the confidence in dealing directly with the resort experts.

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Lake Ohau Lodge

A holiday is only a holiday when everyone is relaxed. At Lake Ohau Lodge it's easy. We offer a dinner, bed and breakfast package in 4 standards of accommodation to suit all budgets. The kids are fed early and afterwards while the parents are dining they can go and watch a DVD, play ping pong or have a spa while hanging out with their new buddies met at the kid's dinner.


Ski Canada

Skiing the White and Silver

Big White and Silver Star are two of Canada's best loved ski resorts. Read this article to understand why!

Canada's Snow Show

Canada certainly knows snow. Learn more about all the awesome Canadian ski options.

Ski Adventures with Helen Robilliard

Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peaks Resort, located in the central interior of British Columbia, is one of the best ski destinations in Canada for families.

Ski Adventures with Helen Robilliard

Stonebridge Lodge, Big White

With 88 luxury condominiums located in the centre of the snow bound village, nestled between the Easy Street Home Run and the Bullet Express Chair Lift you can simply walk out the door and enjoy all right at your doorstep. The Village Centre Mall and Ski School are just a two minute walk. The ski instructors can even drop the kids back to your Stonebridge home if pre-arranged.

Ski Adventures with Helen Robilliard

Family Holidays with Heather Robilliard's Ski Adventure Canada-USA

Pack up the whole family and ski British Columbia, Canada with Australia's top ski and snowboard vacation operator, Heather Robilliard's Ski Adventure Canada-USA. Have more fun than you can imagine while learning from some of the best instructors in the world at Silver Star Mountain Resort. 

Ski Big White, Canada

Big White and Silver Star Resorts, British Columbia, Canada

Canadian winters are all about snow, especially at British Columbia's Big White and Silver Star Resorts.  With an average of 7 meters of Mother Nature's finest, feather-light, champagne powder falling annually, a truly spectacular world of snow ghosts, snow bowls, and mountain beauty is created.

Deep Powder Tours Ski Holidays

DEEP POWDER TOURS Ski Holidays are a licensed I.A.T.A International Travel Agent with experience booking and managing snow holidays in Japan since 1993.



Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

Aspen Snowmass is made up of four separate ski resorts that are within a 15km radius of each other: Aspen Mountain (aka Ajax); Snowmass; Aspen Highlands; and Buttermilk Mountain. Aspen Mountain looms above the town of Aspen, Snowmass is a 20-minute drive from downtown Aspen, and Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands are only a few minutes away from town.


Telluride, Colorado

Telluride is an old Victorian mining town set in a spectacular box canyon walled by 4000m plus peaks: the location is breathtaking! Telluride Ski Resort offers an unmatched mountain experience for all levels of skiers and snowboarders thanks to some of the most spectacular terrain and scenery in North America.


An insider's guide to Telluride

Telluride, with its spectacular vistas, historic old town and world-class skiing, is home for Charity Banker and her daughter. Here's the insider's scoop.


Vail Mountain

Vail is where outdoor pursuits meet village sophistication. Offering more than 2,104 hectares of developed ski and snowboard terrain including seven legendary Back Bowls in winter, and flourishing with new summer activities in preparation for the debut of Epic Discovery in 2016, the options for year-round adventure are endless.

Park City Mountain Resort, Utah

A winner in our Ski & Snowboard awards, home to over 7,300 skiable acres with a good mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. Park City has it all

Read more: Park City has struck it rich with two worldclass ski resorts, writes Helen Hayes

The bright lights of Aspen

The lure of the slopes in Aspen Snowmass keeps Neil and Sam Perry going back for more.

Top 10 reasons to ski Vail

If the value of the Epic Pass doesn’t get you, then these 10 other reasons will have you booking a family holiday at Vail, writes Rachael Oakes-Ash.


There is big skiing to be had in the states of Wyoming and Montana, with wildlife and stunning scenery par for the course, writes Helen Hayes.

Five Star Kids Top 10 USA Ski Resorts

Five Star Kids shows you where to find all the services, well-appointed accommodation and child-sized amenities luxury seekers have come to expect.

Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley

Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley is pleased to welcome guests to the Best Ski Hotel in the World, as awarded by the World Ski Awards, to enjoy legendary services and accommodations, and skiing and recreation.

Waldorf Astoria Park City

Waldorf Astoria Park City, famous for world-class dining and signature spa treatments, offers an idyllic luxury mountain vacation for its guests with a variety of year-round seasonal activities.

St. James Place Beaver Creek

St. James Place is located in the heart of Beaver Creek Village. Your family will truly enjoy coming home to these unique accommmodations, steps from the Village plaza and ski slopes.

Breckenridge Ski Resort

With over 200 restaurants, bars, and shops and numerous year-round activties and events, Breck embodies more than just a destination. It's a place where families can come to rejuvenate, explore, escape and adventure.

Telluride Ski Resort

Recently Ranked by Condé Nast Traveler as the No. 1 Best Place to Ski & Stay in North America, Telluride lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful place you’ll ever ski.

All About Aspen

Celebrity chef, Neil Perry, takes his family to Aspen and gives us the low down on the good food and great skiing the area has to offer.

Ski Canada

The playgrounds of Colorado

This article will take you from Aspen to Telluride and show you all the snowy goodness in between.

Jackson Hole Resort Lodging

Jackson Hole Resort Lodging offers the largest number of Jackson Hole, Wyoming vacation lodging rental properties in Teton Village (at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort), as well as condo rentals and homes at The Aspens and Teton Pines

Ski Canada

Wild West Skiing

Alex, our kid reporter, gives his opinion on skiing in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

Tops for Teens

Take a look at the best resorts for teenagers in North America.

Ski Colorado USA

Ski Colorado

Pamela Wright road tests some of Colorado's best skiing destinations, including Aspen/Snowmass and Steamboat. 

Ski Adventures with Helen Robilliard

Family Holidays with Heather Robilliard's Ski Adventure Canada-USA

Pack up the whole family and ski British Columbia, Canada with Australia's top ski and snowboard vacation operator, Heather Robilliard’s Ski Adventure Canada-USA. Have more fun than you can imagine while learning from some of the best instructors in the world at Silver Star Mountain Resort. 

Ski Aspen Snowmass USA

Low and no-cost things to do in Aspen/Snowmass

Yes, it is possible! Aspen/Snowmass has something for all budgets and it’s easy to live like a king on a pauper’s budget.  From food and spirits, to community culture and events, to recreation and pampering, there are many bargains to be found at Aspen/Snowmass.  

Ski Colorado USA

Skiing in Colorado

A holiday in Colorado is all about getting back to nature and enjoying the region's amazing mountain landscapes.  With many kids skiing programs and tours, the kids are sure to love it.   

Its a dogs life in Aspen

It's a Dog's Life in Aspen

It is said there is a dog for every two people in Aspen/Snowmass (Colorado, USA). Well, the dogs are in the right place, because in this town they are treated like royalty. Dogs can spend their day cross-country skiing or snowshoeing with their owner, meeting other dogs in the park, shopping a bit and snoozing in a five star, five diamond hotel. Talk about a dog’s life.  


DEEP POWDER TOURS Ski Holidays are a licensed I.A.T.A International Travel Agent with experience booking and managing snow holidays in Japan since 1993.

Mammoth Lakes Tourism

Mammoth... The name says it all! Surrounded by 2.2 million acres of national forest, Mammoth Lakes is California's premier 4 season alpine destination. World class lodging and dining awaits, as well as outlet shopping.


Sushi on snow

Whether your family are experts on the snow or just starting out, Japan offers a wintry experience unlike any other, write Amelia Hungerford and Natarsha Brown. has a long history of sending customers on amazing snow holidays. Having organised ski holidays since 1992, has grown into an International travel company dedicated to providing incredible holidays to the best ski resorts of Japan.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Hanazono Niseko is located in the southwest corner of Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido. Hanazono Resort lies 1000 metres below the spectacular peak of Mount Niseko-Annupuri, offering you one vertical kilometre of stunning powder snow in the winter and an unprecedented variety of activities during the rest of the year.

Ki Niseko- Japan's newest ski-in ski-out luxury resort/hotel

Nestled less than 100m from the Grand Hirafu high-speed gondola, Ki Niseko defines mountain luxury. With everything you need right on your doorstep: natural onsen hotsprings, bar, restaurant, cafe, massage and private ski valet, Ki Niseko delivers an ideal setting for all-year-round adventures and relaxation.

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Joys of Japan

Japan has over 600 ski resorts - let us help point you in the right direction.

Sushi, snow and skiing

Find out why Japan will give you the perfect combination of skiing and culture.

Myoko, Niigata Prefecture

Cara Wagstaff goes cross country skiing on soft white powder and nude bathing in Japan's famous hot springs

HT Holidays

Located in the beautiful natural surrounds of Niseko Hirafu Alpine Resort, Hokkaido Tracks Holidays designer accommodation and premium guest services offer a luxurious experience in one of Asia's premier four-season destinations.



DEEP POWDER TOURS Ski Holidays are a licensed I.A.T.A International Travel Agent with experience booking and managing snow holidays in Japan since 1993.

Hokkaido Tracks

Located in the beautiful natural surrounds of Niseko Hirafu Alpine Resort, Hokkaido Tracks Holidays designer accommodation and premium guest services offer a luxurious experience in one of Asia’s premier four-season destinations.


APPI Resort 

Visit APPI - Amazing scale, Priceless winter experience, Perfect winter resort Inviting you to Japan - during December to May because of high quality of powder snow and just 200 min from Tokyo on the bullet train and connecting bus from Morioka.

Evergreen Outdoor Center

Evergreen has a longstanding reputation of providing quality snowsports instruction that covers all aspects of what makes skiing and snowboarding so much fun. Kids camp programs are designed to allow children to ski with others of the same age and ability. More advanced skiers and riders also can step up their game with specially coached programs focusing on park, freestyle and alpine racing.

Ski Sapporo Japan

Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo, the capital of Japan's northernmost island Hokkaido, is the gateway to the best skiing and snowboarding in Japan. Over 10 ski resorts are accessible from this one city, with many of the larger ones open for night skiing.

Lodge Scole

Set in a stunning and picturesque setting, Lodge Scole in Zao Onsen offers the ultimate authentic experience of a skiing holiday in Japan. With an expansive ski area available, Lodge Scole is able to accommodate to all levels of skiers and snow boarders, from little beginners to the very advanced, and for those experienced few who feel brave enough, there’s the opportunity to can have a go at skiing off-piste through the trees.


Hoshino Resort

Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU is a family friendly resort located at center of Hokkaido with easy access from major international and domestic airports Hokkaido is the most northern island of Japan.



Swiss Bliss

The Jungfrau region is one of Switzerland's favourite family destinations where you can not only ski, but do everything from make your own chocolate to be photographed with James Bond, writes Bronwen Gora.

Phuket Sports Club

Celebrate Christmas in Lapland with 50 Degrees North

We all love the thrill of showing our kids the best that life can offer and Christmas is never better than in its traditional homeland. A landscape of snow, Finnish Christmas traditions and cuisine combined with Santa and his Elves will set their imagination soaring. 50 Degrees North will do the thinking and planning for you so sit back and enjoy an amazing family experience.

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Into Italy

Italians love family - and your family will love skiing in Italy.

Phuket Sports ClubMaison De Famille Les 5 Freres, Val d'Isère

Les 5 Freres will not only match, but far exceed the wishes and expectations of modern families wanting to experience the mountains of Europe. It is ideally located in the heart of the old village between the church and the Tourist Office and is conveniently close to the slopes. Whether you're after one bedroom, two bedrooms, or a whole floor... they'll adapt their space to your group's needs and wants.

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Ski Italy

Australian families can stop fantasising Italy's majestic mountains. It's not just the legendary slopes and snow parks that make the Italian Alps such a fairytale destination. It's also the quaint historic villages, the magnificent local cuisine and wines and the lure of muscle-reviving hot spas.

 Sweet Swiss

Switzerland is renowned the world over for the sweetness of its slopes. We've outlined some great, family-friendly options to help you with your trip planning!

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Awesome Austria

From Innsbruck and beyond! Discover the family sweet-spots for skiing in Austria.

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Picture Perfect Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps, is picture-postcard pretty all throughout the year, but it becomes simply magical in the winter. With fantastic family-friendly resorts, festive Christmas markets, seasonal attractions, loads of snow activities, and spectacular scenery, the variety on offer is dazzling for skiers, snowboarders and even free-riders.

Dolomites Ski Tours

The Dolomites Mountains of northern Italy is emerging as a “buzz” destination for many Australian skiers in search of new horizons.

Ski Gear, Agents and Tips

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Burton Snowboards are committed to growing snowboarding. The future of the sport depends on the next generation, and with some of snowboarding's early pioneers now having kids of their own, the joy of standing sideways is now being passed on to younger members of the snowboarding community.

K.I.S.S. Travel International

Vail Resorts (USA) has bought Perisher in NSW and now those with the Epic Australia season pass can enjoy lift access at any Vail resort for no extra charge. And it's not just those under the Vail banner that have slashed their prices... ski resorts nearby offer some great rates, too!

What ski gear your kids need

Advanced technology makes for a sweeter time outside with no-fog goggles, tech mittens and hard to crack helmets. Rachael Oakes-Ash discovers the top 6 items your ski trip can't be without.

Top tips for absolute beginners

Skiing and snowboarding are two of the few sports families can enjoy together, regardless of age or experience. But if you're heading away on your first family ski trip, take heed of Aleney De Winter's hottest hacks for a cool snow holiday.

How to be avalanche aware

If your kids are heading into the backcountry, they need to understand the danger posed by avalanches. Helen Hayes shares some tips on what to learn and where to learn it.

AMPED The Ski Adventure Travel Specialists

Amped have first hand experience at the greatest ski resorts in the world. Amped will provide the best advice when planning your ski or snowboarding holiday with the family.

Snowcapped Travel

Snowcapped Travel specialises in providing a wealth of knowledge for guests, staff who love to ski the world over and who love to provide guests with a ski holiday that is right for you and your family based on their experience.

Top Snow Travel

Top Snow Travel are the France and Europe snow travel experts who customise quality ski holidays to suit your needs and budget. At Top Snow they strive to deliver excellent value with the best fit for you on your perfect snow holiday!

Larry Adler

With over 30 years experience in ski hire, rent-a-ski is Australia's leading ski and snowboard rental destination. Whether you're a first-time skier or snowboarder, an advanced snow hound who likes the latest demo equipment, or a family looking for great value, Larry Adler rent-a-ski's got you covered.

Ski & Board Surrey

"Huge range of new and pre-loved snow gear and equipment - Our customers love our massive range, our prices and our honest advice. There is no other snow store like ours - We aim to offer you everything 'Over And Above' what you would expect to find at any other store."

Rhythm Snow Sports

Serving the NSW snowy mountains since 1985. Drop in and pick up your snow-chains, toboggans and apre boots, no hire is too big or too small! Rhythm Snow Sports has excellent staff members who are happy and willing to help you with all your needs.

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XTM Performance Snowear

XTM manufacture a range of quality ski/snow accessories and clothing, and are the official supplier of gloves, socks, bags, après’ boots and thermal underwear to the Australian Winter Olympic Team. A percentage of sales also goes towards nurturing the up and coming future champions of the snow sports arena. has a long history of sending customers on amazing snow holidays. Having organised ski holidays since 1992, has grown into an International travel company dedicated to providing incredible holidays to the best ski resorts of Japan.

Dive Fish Snow Holidays

Dive Fish Snow Holidays can provide a ski holiday your entire family will enjoy with all the best family deals on offer at the best family friendly ski resorts. Talk to the experts who have been there and have sent clients to North America for 27 years while taking advantage of our benefits for free.

Alpine World

Choose from our great variety of Thredbo accommodation, Jindabyne accommodation and Perisher accommodation or choose one of our packages to make your snow holiday even better value. Our accommodation and ski packages also cover Mt Selwyn and the Victorian resorts of Hotham, Falls Creek and Mt Buller.

Mogul Ski World

Your vacation makers not just reservation takers - Priding themselves in making your next skiing and boarding holiday extraordinary. With over 30 years of service they pay attention to detail and they care about their clients.

Wentworth Travel

Sydney's Eastern Suburbs Ski Specialists - With on the ground contacts in all major ski resorts, from securing the top ski guide, knowing the favourite restaurants or booking in advance the best spa and massage treatments, Wentworth Travel will tailor a special ski holiday for all the family to enjoy.

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Skimax Holidays

Skimax can help plan your holiday to the resorts of Canada, USA, Japan, South Korea, Europe, South America, New Zealand and Australia!

Travelplan Ski

Travelplan Ski is Australia's leading operator of quality snow holidays to the world's great ski resorts and one of the most successful and respected speciality travel wholesalers internationally.


Lochie Daddo's Top 10 Snow Holiday Tips for Success

Lochie Daddo loves to ski so much that he and his family go to the Australian snow whenever they can during the winter season. He is also an ambassador for Snow Victoria. Here. Read more for his recipe for a perfect ski holiday .

Club Med Europe

Ski jargon for first timers

Here all the lingo you'll hear on the slopes is layed out in simple terms, because it's important to know what you're exactly what you're doing (and unintentionally saying) when out on the snow fields!

Ski Canada

TOP 20 Best Snow Tips

What should you know before you go? Here you'll find a handy list of hints to help you get ready for your next ski getaway.

Ski Tips for Kids

Let your kids get used to the snow, and most importantly, let them have fun!  

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Lids On Kids

The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) together with the help of many others in the ski industry has developed this site to help educate parents about the benefits and limitations of helmets. Ultimately the choice of whether or not to wear a helmet is one of personal or parental choice.


Preparing your car for the snow

Heading off on a family snow holiday is a great adventure, but also one involving inherent dangers in treacherous road conditions. Motorists travelling on icy roads need to adjust their driving behaviour, prepare their vehicle in advance and take heed of expert advice.

Ski Features

Jingle Bells

Looking for some adventure off the snow? We've got you covered!

Ski Canada

Instructing. Your dream job?

Find out how to make a snow-lover's dream job a reality.

Olympic hope Anna Segal

We talk to Aussie Winter Olympic hopeful, Anna Segal, and get her chatting about all things slopestyle.

Ski Canada

Skiing V Boarding

Is there a winner? We ask a for a mother's view when it comes to the skiing or boarding debate.

Ski Argentina

South America in winter will provide an exotic twist to your next family ski holiday.

Be a ski instructor

Experts say that if you can turn your hobby into your work then life will be enjoyable, and for people passionate about skiing, it is all too easy to do - just become a ski instructor!

Club Med Europe

Ski on a Budget

Skiing doesn't have to break the bank, as the Perkins family discovered on a farm-stay holiday in Jindabyne.


Ski and Sushi

Want to spice up your ski holiday with a dose of culture? Look no further than Japan, the newest kid on the world ski stage...

Skiing with Kids

Unlike other holidays where activities are divided squarely into those for the kids and those for the adults, skiing is one of the few sports you can do together as a family regardless of age. Natalee Ward has this rundown on ski resorts in Australia and New Zealand, while Marc Llewellyn takes a look at what Canada has to offer.

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Family Skiing Holiday

Johanna Griggs and Sorrel Wilby both told us that a family skiing holiday is the best holiday they've had. With the combination of excellent facilities, fresh mountain air and all that exercise, it's perfect for parents and children of all ages. Click here to find out what is on offer for families at six Australian Ski Resorts.


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