Smugglers’ Notch – Ski On / Ski Off, Slopeside

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North Star Lodge at Killington

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Aspen – FP Condominiums

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Sugarbush Condominiums – Ski On / Ski Off

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Mount Snow’s Snow Lake Lodge

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Vail Cascade Resort & Spa – Ski On / Ski Off

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Mount Snow Condominiums

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Mount Snow Grand Summit Resort Hotel – Ski On / Ski Off

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Aspen – Stonebridge Inn at Snowmass in Aspen

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Trapp Family Lodge at Stowe

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Stowe Mountain Lodge – Ski In / Ski Out Luxury!

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Guide to Planning the Perfect Winter Family Vacation – Part 6

Outdoor Activities for Every Age & Interest

If your family represents a wide range of ages and interests, be sure the resort you choose has something for every family member to do. You don’t want to discover that kids under two are not welcome at the nursery, squashing your skiing plans, or that children’s ski and snowboard classes meet only in the afternoon leaving you in charge of the morning’s entertainment.

Family-centric resorts will have activities and ski programs for even their youngest visitors.  Discuss the programming available for your children with the reservationist or resort personnel, or check out the details online. Then don’t be afraid to register your children.

Grouped by both age and ability, older children should have an appropriate level of teaching sophistication in their ski and snowboard camps. Find out the hours and whether lunch is included. Is their meet-up location convenient to where you will be staying?

Yes, teenagers want activities too. They may have very definite ideas about this winter vacation you are planning, and those ideas may not fit exactly with what you envision for them! Teenagers often prefer the company of their friends to their family. A program specifically designed for adolescents can help them have a great time as well. Inviting a friend along on the trip may make the vacation more fun for everyone.

With the children well tended, it’s time to think about yourself. What activities are available for you? Part of the excitement of a winter vacation is trying something different. How about snowmobiling? Can you take a spin on an ice rink? What about cross-country skiing lessons or tours? If lessons are available, are they part of the package and if not what do they cost? Snowshoeing has become popular in recent years. As a sport it is very low-tech, easy-to-learn, and gives you access to the quiet snowy woods.

One more important factor to keep in mind: find a winter vacation spot where you won’t be automobile dependent. If family members have a way to get around to various activities, either by walking or riding a shuttle, parents won’t be stuck in the chauffeur’s role.

Suppose you don’t envision an active vacation for yourself, or not everyone in your family is interested in skiing or snowboarding? Then be sure your destination resort has other options available. Log on to a resort’s website to investigate, or call the resort for specific information.

This guide is reproduced with the permission of the authors and collaborators (Nancy Illeman Rock, Barbara Thomke, Karen Boushie, Stacy Maynard, Priscilla Emerling, Kate Peatman & Jim Espy).  The full guide can be found at or download your own copy at