Offspring of the winter-inclined may be born with ski legs, but that doesn't mean there aren't extra considerations for planning a family ski trip. And for those completely new to descending snow-packed mountainsides on skis or boards, it's a whole other ballgame. To help you from bottom of the mountain to the top — and back down again — we've assembled some of Utah's best resorts for families, tips for starting ski school, and a few ideas for keeping things fun both on the slope and off. Your Utah family ski vacation starts here.

Short List: Utah's Greatest Ski Resorts for Families

 

Local Pick
Park City Resort
Searching for the perfect terrain? You're bound to find it among Park City's 7,300 acres. It's the largest ski and snowboarding area in the U.S. The best of Park City meets the best of Canyons with the amenities of Main Street and Canyons Village, the warm Orange Bubble lifts, and the beginner-friendly First Time lift. Once your skills are more advanced, you'll find plenty of room to spread out and explore.
Local Pick
Sundance Resort
Founded by Hollywood star Robert Redford, Sundance is a winter haven. Only an hour's drive from Salt Lake City via scenic Provo Canyon, Sundance offers families a playground of powder skiing, groomed runs, a ski school that focuses on your child’s needs and off-slope adventures.
Local Pick
Deer Valley Resort
If there’s one thing Deer Valley is known for, it’s an absolutely peerless level of service. Consistently ranked at the very top for on-mountain food and snow grooming by SKI Magazine, Deer Valley offers ski valets to schlep your little ones’ (and your own!) gear, pristine groomers perfect for learning, on-site childcare and a renowned ski school.
Local Pick
Beaver Mountain
Beaver Mountain was built with family in mind. It’s family owned, family operated, and 100 percent family oriented. With terrain ranging from deep powder to groomed bunny hills, plus a snowsports school and kid-friendly food at the lodge, Beaver Mountain is Northern Utah’s hidden family treasure.
Local Pick
Brighton Resort
Brighton is known as "The place where Utah learns to ski and snowboard—and keeps on learning." In 2013, Utah Family Magazine ranked Brighton #1 for family affordability and terrain. And all children seven and younger ski for free.

 

 

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