Best Ski Resorts for Families in Colorado

All of Colorado ski resorts make for amazing family vacations. From magical events to ski trails just for kids and more, your family is sure to find a perfect winter escape. Full list of Colorado ski resorts

Two red and black Aspen Snowmass gondolas dangle over the ski area with hotels, mountains and a bright-blue sky in the background. Everything is covered in a layer of snow.
Skiing beneath the gondola at Aspen Snowmass
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Here are a few options for families looking to create lasting memories in Colorado this winter.

Crested Butte

Crested Butte Mountain Resort's Mountain Adventures Camp lets mom and dad go ski or snowboard while the kids skill-build and make new friends over three days. The resort also has trails especially for kids, including one that winds through the trees, as well as its own mini Elk Avenue (Crested Butte’s Main Street) with facades along the trails for kids to ski through and play in. Kids can also ski through a bear cave, Forest Service lodge and gold-mining building.

Snowmass

On select nights during ski season, bring your family to Elk CampSnowmass' on-mountain restaurant, which transforms on Ullr Nights into a nighttime winter wonderland with rides on the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, opportunities for snowbiking, as well as s’mores and hot chocolate by the bonfire. Snowmass Village is also home to the Treehouse Kids Adventure Center, which offers child care with themed playrooms, as well as ski and snowboard lessons. Many evenings, kids can gather 'round the campfire for Old West storytelling and marshmallow roasting.

Beaver Creek

We can't mention Beaver Creek without giving a shout-out to its innovative 3pm cookie program: Warm cookies served at the end of the ski day as you leave the slopes and head to après activities. In addition to this delight, there's also Thursday-night lights (a glow-stick ski procession followed by fireworks), a tubing hill and ice-skating. 

Keystone

Keystone Resort's Kids Ski Free program for families gets the little one on the slopes when their families stay two or more nights in Keystone. While there, the fam must be sure to take advantage of the Fun Zones — snow forts and tubing mean the kiddos can play, then when they're hungry you can head into the Summit House for snacks and chocolatey cocoa. For unparalleled ease, there's also the Free Family Front-Row Parking, just steps from the gondola. Other family amenities include complimentary red wagons to help guests transport their gear and children to the lifts, plus lessons that are perfect for everyone.

Winter Park

Check out Winter Park's Coca-Cola Tubing park, which is open into the evening, for hot chocolate, four tubing lanes with a conveyer lift (perfect for tired ski legs!) and a warming hut. Amtrak has also reintroduced its route between Denver's Union Station and Winter Park Resort for skiers and boarders looking for a relaxed ride to the slopes — this'll make your ski trip more focused on family time and less on driving. The trip takes only two hours. Read more about snow tubing in Colorado

Vail

Kiddos age 3 and up can learn to shred via ski and ride lessons. As part of Vail's Ski School, Walking Mountains Science Center Naturalists give kids slopeside nature lessons about the Rocky Mountains that surround them. Tubing and jaw-dropping scenic gondola rides are also perfect for family outings, as is The Nature Discovery Center, which offers free snowshoe tours which are both fun and educational (ages 10 and up). After a full day, the family-friendly Bistro 14 is the perfect place to refuel.

Copper Mountain

Check out the Green Acres Snow Play and Sledding Zone, where you can build snowmen and zoom down the hill until sunset. Woodward 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.

Steamboat Springs

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. Their Red Wagon program is a way to help families loaded down with gear get to and from the slopes without any cryin'. And once you get your brood back to your lodging and settled, there's no need to put the boots back on — have your groceries delivered and sit down to family dinner without any fuss. 

Durango

Purgatory (formerly Durango Mountain Resort) offers the Power Kids Season Pass free to children 12 and under. 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. Purgatory also offers winter tubing, so you can zoom down snow-covered hills with your little ones with stunning mountain views as the backdrop. Find more winter train rides in Colorado

Breckenridge

With oodles of wide, gentle trails at the base of Peak 8 and Peak 9, there's plenty of room for new skiers to get things off to the right start at a relaxed pace. Off the slopes, there's ice skating, an Alpine slide, a mountain-top children's museum, lots of family-friendly dining spots and other activities. For the competitive family, Breckenridge participates in EpicMix (as do Vail, Beaver Creek and Keystone), a mobile app that keeps track of the vertical feet your family has covered, lessons completed, lift rides taken and many other ski-vacation stats to boast about when you return home. For older kids skiing without their parents, it'll tell you where on the mountain they last checked in — all they need to do is wear their EpicPass.

Glenwood Springs

A few miles south of Glenwood SpringsSunlight 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. Ski for the day, then swim and stay at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool where you can splash away any sore ski muscles. Sunlight also hosts a Family Snowmobile Tour short enough (one to one and a half hours) to keep everyone interested. Learn more about Colorado's smaller ski areas

Want More?

Remember, nearly all of Colorado's 28 ski resorts have family activities, including nighttime fun. Need lessons? Many resorts and ski areas offer ski and snowboard schools and programs. Also check out our full list of Colorado ski resorts and ski-town activities for summer.