While the youngest skiers in your family might be the most enthusiastic on the mountain, there's even more adventure to be had on the days you're not skiing bell-to-bell.
After eating lunch on the mountain, your little adventurers will love exploring and learning about the wildlife on the mountain from a local naturalist. "Ski with a Ranger" is a great way to recharge and refresh for the last part of the day.
Snowbird might be the perfect place to celebrate the winter holidays as a family. From the Hanukkah candle lighting after a day on the slopes or the Christmas eve parade and fireworks (after a day of skiing for free if you are one of the first 50 people to dress up like Santa).
Solitude mountain is the idyllic stay for families, with a Swiss-inspired village that serves up yoga, S'mores, avalanche dog demos and movie nights for guests. Plus kids four and under ski for FREE. My fave, start them off on the Link Lift.
Pull out the family calendar and find an evening where everybody can go night skiing at Brighton. PLUS, kids 10 and under ski for free, even during the day :)
Any 12 year old with a lift ticket can compete in the mini slalom and slopestyle competition known as Grom Fest.
The Snowbasin event calendar runs deep. My favorite is their snow carnival, featuring races, face painting, a scavenger hunt, avalanche beacon drill stations with ski patrol, music, and free food.
We get it, those little legs get tired after a long day of skiing. Let your kids use their arm muscles (and keep the adrenaline just as high) on the winter ZipTour at Sundance. Flying over the mountain is just as much fun as flying down it!
Park City Mountain
Hit the outdoor ice rink at the Park City Mountain Village for an evening of laugher and fun under the lights.
If you have a few days to explore Deer Valley (and hopefully take advantage of one of the complimentary Mountain Host Tours), be sure to check out the "Snowshoes and S'mores". The short snowshoe hike will end at a mountainside camp fire, equipped with the finest ingredients for s'mores.
Spring skiing at Beaver Mountain is as groovy as it gets. Your family will LOVE the Snoopy Carnival at Beaver Mountain. From the snow maze to the luge through the trees, everybody will have a great day. And the bonus? Costumes are encouraged!
One of the highlights of your family's winter will be the Star Party at Brian Head. The staff from Cedar Breaks Park will point out constellations, planets, neighboring galaxies, and swirling nebulae for you to view through the telescopes. Dress warmly and enjoy the complimentary hot chocolate!
If your family's legs are exhausted after a day of skiing, but you're not quite ready to call it a day, check out the tubing hill at Cherry Peak. Your legs will thank you as you take a ride up the hill on the magic carpet, and your older kids will be excited to stay out as late as 9 p.m.
You want in on a little secret? Fridays at Eagle Point is one of the best places in the state to score fresh snow. Why? Because Eagle point is open Fridays to Mondays which means that any snow that falls on Tuesday through Thursday is untouched. Your family will thank you.
While the After School Program is a MUST for locals wanting to teach their kids to ski, if you're in town for the weekend, your family will love learning to ski together in the group lessons. Instead of feeling the rush of a larger resort, learn at ease in the intimate instructional setting.
Woodward Park City
While Woodward Park City is a dreamland for kids (and adults!) of all ages, check the kids in for a two hour session of indoor or outdoor play while you grab a cocktail and enjoy watching them flip and fly on trampolines and into foam pits.