EWING, N.J. - Family Vacation Critic, TripAdvisor's family travel site, has released its annual list of the Best Ski Resorts for Families, this time naming the best resorts for the 2015-2016 ski season. Editors of the site chose the list based on a number of family-specific factors, including special programs for kids, lessons and slopes for all ages and skill levels, and money-saving packages and promotions.
"Choosing a ski destination for the family isn't as simple as just heading for the nearest mountain – families need a resort that offers a safe environment for every age, while also offering enough to keep everyone entertained," explained Lissa Poirot, editor-in-chief of Family Vacation Critic. "For families with skiers of different skill levels, the most important thing to look for is a resort that offers lessons, trails and programs to best meet the individual needs. Beyond that, convenience is key, and resorts that offer plenty to do beyond the slopes – whether it's kids' clubs, family activities or even an indoor pool – always stand out as being ideal for families."
This year's list of winners includes:
- Okemo Mountain Resort – Ludlow, VT
Family Perk: Kids Night Out - a childcare program for ages 6 months to 6 years -- and Kids' Night Out X for ages 7 to 12 years, offering age-specific activities like pizza, movies, swimming and skating.
- Stratton Mountain Ski Resort – Stratton, VT
Family Perk: Group ski lessons for ages 3 to adult, customized by age group.
- Camelback Mountain Resort – Tannersville, PA
Family Perk: Ski and snowboard lessons, tubing, two terrain parks and a mountain coaster.
- Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort – Hancock, MA
Family Perk: Ski and snowboard lessons are available to kids ages 3 to 14, and include lunch and hot chocolate breaks.
- Beaver Creek Resort – Beaver Creek, CO
Family Perk: Beaver Creek Loves Kids and Beaver Creek Loves Teens programs for families, including pizza parties, arts and crafts, and mountain excursions.
- Badger Pass Ski Area – Yosemite National Park, CA
Family Perk: Badger Pups Downhill Ski/Snowboard Program includes two lessons for kids 4 to 6, and an All Day Kids Camp is available on holidays and weekends.
- Greek Peak Mountain Resort – Courtland, NY
Family Perk: Junior Ride and Ski School for kids as young as 3 years of age, and an on-site Youth Center with plasma TVs, an arcade and more.
- Smugglers' Notch – Jeffersonville, VT
Family Perk: Lessons for all age groups, plus a FamilyFest Package that includes lodging, lift tickets, activities and more.
- Northstar California Resort – Truckee, CA
Family Perk: Teen Alley, with video games, music, movies and special events.
- Aspen/Snowmass Ski Resort – Snowmass Village, CO
Family Perk: New Kids Ski Free promotion for the 2015/2016 season, and a Very Important Kids program with free activities for kids and a meal discount for families.