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Top family friendly ski destinations in North America

Weather permitting, opening day on the mountain is just around the corner. Whether you’re seeking a simple day trip for a beginner lesson on a bunny hill or an extreme adventure with express chair lifts and gondolas, this list has something for skiers of all ages and levels. It’s not too late to plan a getaway, and most destinations have Covid-19 safety precautions in place to allow you to hit the slopes safely this season. 

Big White Ski Resort (Kelowna, BC) – photo by Isaac O

Methodology: This is an all-time list of the best family friendly ski destinations in the US and Canada according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the ski resorts category with a large concentration of reviews mentioning relevant keywords, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning those keywords. All businesses are planning to open by mid-December for the season, conditions permitting, as of November 12, 2020. We included only three maximum businesses per state for geographic diversity.

Killington Ski Area (Killington VT) – photo by Rich H

  1. June Mountain Ski Area (June Lake, CA)
  2. Whistler Blackcomb (Whistler, BC)
  3. Loveland Ski Area (Georgetown, CO)
  4. Perfect North Slopes (Lawrenceburg, IN)
  5. Wolf Creek Ski Area (Pagosa Springs, CO)
  6. Mt Rose Ski Tahoe (Reno, NV)
  7. Big Sky Resort (Big Sky, MT)
  8. Deer Valley Resort (Park City, UT)
  9. Red River Ski Area (Red River, NM)
  10. Sugar Bowl Ski Resort (Norden, CA)
  11. Diamond Peak Ski Resort (Incline Village, NV)
  12. Mt Shasta Ski Park (McCloud, CA)
  13. Pats Peak Ski Area (Henniker, NH)
  14. Mont Tremblant Ski Resort (Mont-Tremblant, QC)
  15. Sunlight Mountain Resort (Glenwood Springs, CO)
  16. Killington Ski Area (Killington, VT)
  17. Alta Ski Area (Alta, UT)
  18. Ski Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM)
  19. Shawnee Peak (Bridgton, ME)
  20. Gunstock Mountain Resort (Gilford, NH)
  21. Hoodoo Ski Area (Sisters, OR)
  22. Bryce Resort (Basye, VA)
  23. Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville, MI)
  24. Whitefish Mountain Resort (Whitefish, MT)
  25. Big White Ski Resort (Kelowna, BC)

There are plenty of other options to play in the powder this season. As always, we encourage you to check business listings and websites for current information, day passes, COVID precautions, etc. Stay safe out there and enjoy!