Why we love it: Wide open terrain with no lift lines. You'll really feel like you are out West! Plus the ski school (CB Kids) has amazing instructors and a really low teacher/student ratio. Don't miss the trampolines after the ski runs close down. Plus, the on-mountain dining is excellent. You earned a big lunch, go get it at Ulley's.
About the town: The old mining town has lots of flair and flavor. From sushi to great coffee to souvenirs you'll find it all.
Why we love it: The ultimate in family-friendly ski fun. The village is set up to make it easy and fun for families to explore. Everything is close by—allowing families to spend more time on snow. Parents love the red wagons that make it easier to get around with all that gear. In addition to world-class skiing the Nordic Center get families out snowshoeing, tubing and cross-country skiing—this spot is worth spending 4 to 5 days.
About the town: The Village at Keystone has a variety of casual dining. It's not about the food, it's about spending time with family.
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Why we love it: The mountain offers a ton of glade skiing and groomers. There's also plenty of big bowls to keep the powder hounds busy. Families love how the village is easy to navigate and close to everything.
About the town: Steamboat is a great Western town with awesome restaurants and shopping. Don't miss the Old Town Hot Springs. They have been around for more than 100 years and purport to have healthy powers. Head to www.oldtownhotsprings.com for details.
Why we love it: It's not a destination resort, it's a day tripper mountain. And that's a good thing. The lines are not nearly as fierce as those at Aspen and Snowmass. It's a great spot to take little ones. But don't think this mountain is a joke—it's the real deal. And if you love terrain parks this is your spot. Don't miss the the views at The Cliffhouse restaurant where you can get Mongolian BBQ,
About the town:Aspen is the "big city" near Buttermilk, but families might choose to have dinner out at Snowmass Village instead. Aspen is gorgeous and fancy and fabulous. Snowmass Village is lower key.
For more planning ideas, visit our 2016/17 Family ski Guide
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