There are a lot of mountain resorts in North America that cater to families.

The after-ski scene is just as fun as skiing is. Families can enjoy the entire ski experience at many resorts that offer alternative snow-related activities. The charm of the slopes is still present despite some resorts changing over the past few years.

Before you book your vacation, make sure to check out the ski school questions. Some mountains teach children as young as 2 years old, while others require that the child be at least 4. Although not all, many offer some form of child care.

If ski school is a must-have for your vacation, double-check the options to make sure they fit your ski vacation goals.

You should research the lift ticket and pass options at the resort you choose. You will want to purchase your tickets or make reservations prior to your arrival at a resort that will hit capacity limits well in advance. The company will limit ticket sales when pass holders no longer need to make reservations. Advance reservations are required at many Ikon resorts.

Check out the current offerings at the top rated North American mountains that are some of the best places for families.

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Beaver Creek Resort, Colorado

Colorado is home to the friendliest slopes for children. It's easy to get to this resort from both the East and West Coast.

The new, 250-acre, lift-served expansion was opened last year. The mountain experience is elevated with 17 new groomable trails and two additional chairlifts. BEACON CREEK KIDS Ski and Snowboard School is the leader in the industry.

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Cookie Time is at the bottom of the mountain where kids and adults can enjoy free cookies. It's very popular with families. The Ice Cream Parlour at the top of the mountain is a great place to get a sugar rush while on the mountain.

There will be open-air sleigh rides again this winter. A new Northern Italian menu offers a la carte options to satisfy the whole family.

There are a lot of things to do off the mountain, including ice skating, snow tubing, and even dog sledding.

The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek has 25,000 World of Hyatt Points, Hyatt Residence Club has 21,000 World of Hyatt Points, and The Ritz-Carlton has 84,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

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Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort. HYATT

Keystone Resort, Colorado

Out of all the Colorado ski resorts, Keystone is the most popular for children.

Dog sledding, snow tubing, ice skating, and sleigh rides are all part of the resort's offerings, but there are also kid programs and accommodations that are a bit more resistant. Your kids will never be bored with on- mountain experiences such as snowcat skiing, night skiing, and the Snow Fort. The resort has a lot of family conveniences, such as free front-row family parking and red wagons that can be used to tow skis, boards or even tired kids.

You can get a jump start on your family ski trips if Keystone opens in October. You can get exclusive access to the first tracks an hour before the general public on Nov. 11, 18 and Dec. 2 if you are a holder of the epic pass.

There is a wide range of terrain within the resort. Kids 12 and under ski free when you stay at one of the resort's properties for two nights or more, with no Blackout Dates.

You can stay at the Hyatt Place Keystone from 12,000 World of Hyatt points or you can rent a house nearby.

Keystone Resort, Colorado. KEYSTONE RESORT

Snowmass, Colorado

You can check out a high-end ski resort visit off your bucket list if you go to the Aspen ski area. The Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center is an all-inclusive kids club for children between the ages of 8 and 4 years old. While older kids take part in ski school, the center can be used by little ones. Children as young as 2.5 years old can join ski school lessons.

Other activities include snow tubing. Ullr Nights will be held on select dates throughout the winter, and will include activities for the whole family. Fire dancers, kids snow biking, and kids tubing are included in this.

The base area at Buttermilk will be completely renovated this season. The new 9,000 square foot building will include an expanded bar and outdoor patio as well as additional services, a renovated and rebranded restaurant and a better experience for guests. The world cup will be held in Aspen in March of 2023.

If you use your 50k free night certificate, you can stay at Viewline Resort Snowmass.

There is a way to save money on a trip.

Inside the Snowmass Treehouse. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

Copper Mountain, Colorado

If you're looking for a ski resort experience that's cheaper than its neighbors, Copper is a great choice. There are a lot of activities for all ages at this resort.

In addition to skiing in prime snow conditions, you'll also have a roller coaster, snow tubing, ice skating, and snowshoe tours. When there is a full moon, Copper Mountain will offer guided full moon snowshoe tours.

The copper maze will be back for a second year. The maze is made entirely of snow and is a great place for kids to play.

The Woodward Copper Barn is located on the mountain. There is an action sports playground with multiple skate/scooter/BMX zones, indoor Park Ski and Burton ParkBoard training, spring floor, tumble track, five Olympic-grade fly-bed trampolines and one 12x12-foot Super Trampoline. Woodward is a great off- mountain activity.

The Western Territory Expansion was undertaken by copper last year. The west side of the mountain is designed to inspire beginner skiers, kids and families to connect with Copper's history and heritage. The enhanced kids' tree trail will improve the on- mountain skiing and riding experience.

This winter, copper will celebrate its 50th anniversary. You will be able to see more resort activities, promotions and 50th anniversary items. The company will give more details on how it will honor this important milestone.

You can use your credit card points and miles at the new hotel at the mountain base.


Deer Valley Resort, Utah

When kids are just getting their bearings and making big side-to-side turns on a slope, it can be scary for them to interact with snowboarders.

Snowboarders are not allowed at the ski resort Deer Valley. The children's adventure area on the mountain allows your kids to practice new techniques on 14 small trails and there is a small cabin hidden in the woods. The mountain limits ticket sales in order to keep crowds at a minimum.

The Deer Valley Children's Center offers full-day child care with many activities, as well as outdoor and indoor playground, if you're looking for a ski resort that can entertain a non-skiing child. The facility can be enjoyed by children from 2 months to 12 years of age.

There are activities on the mountain. Intermediate and expert skiers can learn about the history and terrain of the resort on Mountain Host Tours. You can ski with an Olympian if you want to go big.

You can visit Woodward Park City if you drive a few miles away. There is a ski and snowboard terrain park, a seven-lane tubing park, foam pits, and a skate park here.

Use your Marriott Bonvoy points to stay at either St. Regis Deer Valley or Sheraton Park City.

Deer Valley Resort in Utah. ZIA HANSEN/GETTY IMAGES

Northstar California Resort, California

The Northstar Resort is located on the California–Nevada border and is great for families. The Kids Adventure Zone has two mountain areas with blue trails that are safe for skiers and snowboarders. The mountain is celebrating its 50th anniversary this winter and there will be a lot of fun.

Tst is one of the mountain's most unique traditions. You can enjoy a glass of apple cider or a glass of champagne while you relax here. On Saturdays from 2 to 5 p.m., families can enjoy apres skiing by cozying up around the fire pit and listening to live music. You can enjoy hot cocoa and s'mores.

If you happen to be in the area over the holidays, the village becomes a winter paradise. It's possible for your family to enjoy the holidays on the ski slopes.

The Nordic Center has over 22 miles of trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat-tire biking.

You can stay at The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe from 88,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

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Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Vermont

It is known as "America's Family Resort" due to its focus on the entire family experience. There is an award-winning Snow Sport University that starts lessons with children as young as 3 years old. There are two magic carpet rides at Sir Henry's Learning and Fun Park. The same instructors are requested by families every year.

For those who already know how to ski and board, the mountain has 78 trails, eight lifts, and the highest vertical drop in northern Vermont at 2,610 feet. There are over 1,000 acres for skiing and riding.

A shuttle will take you wherever you need to go if you stay at the resort.

Is that not a skier or snowboarder? There's no problem. Non-skiing activities include tubing, cross country skiing, swimming and ice skating. The updated Fun Zone 2.0 features a Ninja Warrior course, laser tag, miniature golf, an arcade, large inflatable slides and more.

When the sun goes down, the day isn't over at Smugg's. The winter schedule has yet to be set, but typically there are fun family activities every night, including bingo, a family gaga ball and a Winter Carnival with fireworks.

Night skiing, glow tubing, and night lessons are available. The ultimate way to end a winter day is to snowshoe on a lantern-lit trail to a bonfire and make s'mores before returning.

You can use your flexible points to wipe away the cost at either Club Wyndham or Smugglers' Notch.


Stowe, Vermont

There are plenty of blue trails and a world-class ski school at Stowe. The Adventure Zone was a hit last year and will be even better this year. It's appropriate for anyone in the family to enjoy skiing or boarding through the trees on Mount Mansfield.

A new high-speed, detachable six-pack will be available for families this winter. Lift lines will be reduced and skiers and riders will have more direct mountain access.

After a great family day on the slopes, take in a free skate at the outdoor ice rink or embark on a snowshoe tour through the woods. The Adventure Center will be open to the public during the winter season.

You can hop on a Tradewind Aviation flight from Westchester County Airport outside of New York City to Stowe Morrisville State Airport. The cost of flights can burn a hole in your wallet, but you can purchase a ticket book to reduce the cost a bit. All of your ski gear is free.

The ticket prices are the main issue with the mountain. The ski pass can save you money. If you want to ski only the east coast mountains, you could look at the Northeast Value Pass.

You can stay at either The Lodge at Spruce Peak or the Trapp Family Lodge.

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Jay Peak, Vermont

The indoor water park at Jay Peak is great for families who want to take a day off from skiing or have something to do after school. There is a kids' play area at the Jay Peak Pump House. Water park access is included in a number of lodging packages, or you can purchase a day pass.

There are two arcades, a climbing gym, an ice skating rink, an indoor ropes course and a movie theater. The activities that have been closed for the past few seasons hope to be back up and running this winter.

There is a surplus of ski-on/ski-off condo and hotel options that give families the chance to stay in accommodations that work best for their needs. Children as young as 6 weeks old can be cared for at Jay Peak during the day and in the evening.

At Jay Peak Resort, you can stay in a hotel, a condo or both. You can use your points to book on- mountain condominiums.

Jay Peak, Vermont. JAY PEAK RESORT

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Located just over the Vermont border is New Hampshire's answer to family oriented skiing.

At the home of the family-friendly Omni Mount Washington Resort, there is a 62-mile trail network for cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, snow tubing, canopy tours and a sports center with indoor and outdoor heated swimming facilities. The kids' adventure center has been closed for the past two seasons but is expected to open again this winter.

Ski lessons will not be the same as they were before the epidemic. The mountain will most likely only offer private and semi-private lessons during the winter. If a full-day ski lesson at a reasonable cost is necessary for your child, then you might want to wait another year.

It was one of our favorite ski trips of the season when my family stayed at the Omni a few years back. We never had to leave the resort area since there were so many things to do and eat there.

It is no surprise that the resort is a great place for families to stay. There should be no shortage of fun activities for the entire family at the mountain.

The Mount Washington Resort is a great place to stay.

It's a step back in time.

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. COLEONG/GETTY IMAGES

Whiteface, New York

Lake Placid has hosted the Winter Olympic Games two times. Whiteface Mountain has non-skiers ages 6 and under a camp with arts, crafts and more. The longest intermediate run in the Northeast is 2.1 miles and allows for more time on the mountain than off.

You should know that Whiteface only offers morning two-hour lessons if you need them. You can fill your time by checking out the Olympic sites and activities, which include a chance to experience bobsledding.

Third and fourth graders will receive a free sky day with the Learn to Ski or Ride Passport program. More information about the program will be announced this autumn.

You can stay at Whiteface Lodge and Resort, Whiteface Inn and Suites Lake Placid, Courtyard Lake Placid, or Grand Adirondack Hotel.

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Camelback Resort, Pennsylvania

The Eastern Pennsylvania slopes might not have as many runs as other destinations. The Great Wolf Lodge and the Kalahari Resort are located in the Pocono Mountains. There is a great non-skier combo at the nearby Camelback Mountain ski resort.

Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy the adventure park, snow tubing, and skiing and snowboarding.

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Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort, Quebec

You don't have to cross the pond to ski at this French-inflected retreat just a couple of hours outside Montreal. One of the best ski experiences in North America has the highest peak in the region. The Mother Nature Camp offers a full day of activities for children ages 1 to 6 years old.

At the base of the mountain, guests can find a European-style pedestrian village. You can get to the bottom of the slopes from the front of the hotel. There is a lot to do in any weather with its colorful and historical buildings.

On a non-skiing day, take the kids and hit the snow-covered trails for fat tire biking, winter dune buggy rides, snowshoes, ice fishing, sleigh rides and even ice climbing. There are four slides, indoor and outdoor hot tub, 35 interactive water games, and a new fitness room at the Brind'O Aquaclub. Laser tag and a virtual reality arcade can be found here.

You can stay at the Residence Inn Mont Tremblant Manoir Labelle or the Le Westin Tremblant.

It is possible to ski in Canada for less than in the U.S.

Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec, Canada.  PGIAM/GETTY IMAGES

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

There is a family-friendly focus at British Columbia'sWhistler. There are more experienced and faster skiers at the resort's Enchanted Woods. You can either go to the exciting Tube Park.

Families will be entertained with the mountain's free Fire and Ice performances on Sundays, as well as the return of the Magic Castle and Tree Fort outdoor playlands. Families can swap their ski boots for ice skates for free in the village.

You can stay at The Westin Resort & Spa, The Four Seasons Resort Whistler, Delta Hotels Whistler Village Suites, or a combination of the three.

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Bottom line

Wouldn't it be great if you could take your family on a winter vacation? You can use points and miles to plan your ski trip.