Crested Butte Mountain Resort has three new trails for kids, including one that winds through the trees, as well as its own mini Elk Avenue (Crested Butte’s Main Street) with façades along the trails for kids to ski through and play in. Kids will also be able to ski through a bear cave, Forest Service lodge and gold-mining building. The resort's Adventure Park with a Zero Gravity BagJump, rock-climbing wall and bungee tramps are becoming perennial family faves.
Friday nights during ski season, bring your family to Elk Camp, Snowmass' new on-mountain restaurant, which transforms on Ullr Nights into a nighttime winter wonderland with events Ullr’s Ghost Ship made of snow with lights and a slide, a Viking sledding hill, snowshoe tours as well as s’mores and hot chocolate by the bonfire. For little chefs, the Little Nell in Aspen is hosting a series of cooking classes for kids four and up that will teach them to create savory and sweet items along with kitchen skills.
Keystone Resort's Kids Ski Free program for families to take advantage of and is introducing a family ski trail. The Schoolyard can be found on Keystone's signature green slope, Schoolmarm. For unparalleled ease, there's also the Free Family Front-Row Parking, just steps from the gondola. Other family amenities include wagons/gear chauffeurs to help guests transport gear to and from the lifts. There's also a weekly Kids Après event, Sunday morning's Ripperoo Brunch, a mountaintop Snowfort and the fourth-annual Kidtopia programming.
Woodward at Copper’s Barn, an indoor playground with year-round ski, skate and bike programs offers ramps, foam pits and fly-bed tramps for those of all skill levels to practice tricks for their next trip down the mountain. For some friendly competition, Copper Mountain also offers Alpine Rush Zip Line where two riders can soar side-by-side 30 feet above the West Lake ice skating rink up to 30 miles per hour.
Known as Ski Town U.S.A., Steamboat Springs has become one of the best family ski resorts in North America with options on and off the slopes for kids. Steamboat provides the perfect environment for kids and families learning how to ski with kids-only magic carpet lifts, private full- and half-day lessons for the whole family, and Sunshine Family Trail's Snow Monsters, Steamboat Olympians and other characters along the way.
The Polar Express returns to the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a Christmasy ride where kids get into their PJs for hot cocoa and cookies and a reading of the Polar Express before a visit to the “North Pole” where they are greeted by Santa and his helpers, Christmas carols and a Sleigh Bell gift. Durango Mountain Resort now offers hour-long dog sledding with Durango Dog Ranch, where riders speed along the Old Flume Trail pulled by Siberian and Alaskan huskies.
A few miles south of Glenwood Springs, Sunlight Mountain Resort covers 680 acres of skiable terrain, including one of the longest runs in the state. Friendly and affordable, it's a spacious place to hone ski skills. Starting at $99, their Ski Swim Stay package offers a lift ticket, admission to the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, slopeside or in-town lodging and free skiing for kids 12 and under with a paying adult.