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BEST FAMILY SKI RESORT

1Aspen Snowmass

Colorado

While the mountains of Snowmass and Buttermilk cater best to beginners, our judges also rate the picture-perfect village of Aspen and the impressive array of off-the-slopes fun for all ages at this four-mountain family favourite. Donít miss Ullr Nights, a Friday-night celebration with símores, tubing, snowbiking and kidsí activities.

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2Jackson Hole

Wyoming

3Mammoth

California

Cowboy country on snow: thatís how kids describe Wyomingís best-loved ski resort. There are friendly beginnersí areas, thrilling runs for experienced skiers like legendary Corbetís Couloir and animal experiences galore, with the National Elk Refuge and Yellowstone National Park on Jacksonís doorstep.

Freestylers canít get enough of this aptly named resort and its Unbound Terrain Parks, ranging from first-time riders to pros. Combine a sunny Californian holiday with a ski-and-ride adventure at Mammoth, thanks to a long snow season that extends into the northern summer.

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Telluride

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4Park City

Utah

=5Steamboat

Colorado

=5Telluride

Colorado

With plans underway to enhance the already family-friendly ski resort, Park City will be seeing a new high-speed lift as part of the creation of its High Meadow Family Fun Zone Ė an area dedicated for beginners, children and families. With plenty of gentle snopes and snowfall, childrens and family lessons and childcare available, the resort is a haven for shredders of all ages.

With a range of dining options to satisfy even the fussiest eaters, a Snowsports Ski School for beginners, a kids vacation care and a host of events including fireworks displays and torchlight parades, the whole clan is catered for at Steamboat. Kids under 12 ski free, making it the perfect option for little shredders.

The former Victorian mining town is known for its quaint shops and incredible ski terrain. With as many activities to do off the snow as there are on the snow and easy access to the towns directly from the resort, Telluride is a charming resort for all ages.

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Aspen snowmass

1Aspen Snowmass

Colorado

Not only is there spectacular assistance and terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, but Aspen Snowmass has plenty of other activities to keep the whole family entertained both on and off the slopes. Little and big kids alike will love the ski and snowshoeing tours and morning yoga classes, or getting their hearts pumping on the new Breathtaker Alpine Coaster or Snowbike tours.

=2Beaver Creek

Colorado

=2Park City

Utah

=2Vail

Colorado

3Mammoth

California

4Breckenridge

Colorado

=5Big Bear Mountain Resort

California

=5Jackson Hole

Wyoming

=5Steamboat

Colorado

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Best for beginners

Aspen snowmass

1Aspen Snowmass (Snowmass & Buttermilk

Colorado

Beginners of all ages are catered for at Aspen Snowmass with a range of classes for kids and adults. Adults can embark on Magic Group Lessons and be guided through Snowmass and Buttermilk by a pro, while the kids from the age of two can become for familiar with the slopes and develop their skills.

2Keystone

Colorado

=3Deer Valley

Utah

=3Mammoth

California

Best for advanced families

Jackson Hole

1Jackson Hole

Wyoming

With over 10 square kilometres of natural terrain and 90% of trails labelled for those of intermediate and expert levels, Jackson Hole is ideal for advanced families. The six different terrain parks and the legendary chute, Corbetís Couloir makes this a heaven for advanced snow sport families.

2Telluride

Colorado

3Vail

Colorado

Best for all-round family activities

=1Aspen Snowmass

Colorado

Whether itís a private family lesson so you can learn to tackle the slopes together, or a tubing run and snowshoe tour, Aspen Snowmass guarantees a great time for the whole family. With many specialised kidsí clubs and areas along with s'mores and hot chocolate around the bonfire, the resort is loaded with family-friendly activities.

=1Steamboat

Colorado

Steamboat has so much more to offer than just skiing. The whole family will love getting involved in horseback riding, snowmobiling, taking a dip in the hot springs or taking off for a sleigh-ride dinner.

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2Park City

Utah

3Vail

Colorado

Best village location and atmosphere

Aspen

1Aspen Snowmass

Colorado

The village of Aspen is an exceptional mix of cosmopolitan and tranquility. There are a range of shopping venues, five-star spas and eclectic dining venues available to keep the whole family occupied, while the arts and culture scene gives the village its unique character.

2Telluride

Colorado

3Park City

Utah

Best freestyle resort

1Mammoth Mountain

California

With perfectly groomed runs that cater for just about all abilities, Mammoth has something for all levels and ages. In addition to the array of pristine runs such as the Road Runner trail, there is a mammoth snowscape to entice all free-spirited freestylers.

2Park City

Utah

3Breckenridge

Colorado



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