Best Family-Friendly Ski Resorts in Utah

By Stacy Zeiger , last updated December 23, 2011

Utah’s family-friendly ski resorts provide your family with a place to hit the slopes during the winter. Known for the Wasatch Mountains and a light, powdery snow that makes for ideal skiing conditions, Utah offers multiple places to ski during the winter. The best family-friendly ski resorts in Utah take advantage of these prime skiing conditions and offer additional opportunities to entertain all members of your family during your trip.

Brighton Ski Resort

For parents who want their children to learn to ski, Brighton Ski Resort offers multiple programs for children to enjoy. Daily skiing and snowboarding lessons last from two-hour sessions to all-day sessions that include lunch. Lessons are designed for children from ages four through 12 and are divided into groups by children’s age and ability level. Special pre-skiing lessons are also available for three-year-olds. While children take skiing classes, parents may accompany them or participate in their own skiing programs. Brighton Child Care also provides care for children starting at six weeks of age. The Brighton Lodge offers a family-friendly place to stay during your ski trip and multiple child-friendly meal options throughout its restaurants and cafeterias.

Park City Mountain Resort

Park City Mountain Resort is one of Utah’s most highly-rated ski resorts and has been designated as a top family vacation destination in Utah. Special packages make staying at the resort an affordable vacation option. Through the resort’s series of Kids Signature Program, kids from ages three through 14 have the opportunity to receive instruction in skiing and snowboarding. Classes are kept small, between three and five children, to allow children to receive the personalized attention they need in order to become experienced skiers and snowboarders. For more family entertainment, the resort has hidden Snowbugs throughout the trails and resort that children may find during their vacation while reading the accompanying “Adventure of the Snowbugs.” Ice skating, sleigh rides and dog sledding will also appeal to families.

Wolf Mountain

Visitors to Wolf Mountain will find family-friendly accommodations in the Wolf Creek area’s wide selection of rental homes. Families may purchase skiing passes for two children and two adults at special rates. Skiing and snowboarding programs are designed to appeal to skiers and snowboarders of all ages and ability levels, so there is guaranteed to be an instruction option to suit all family members. Special Wolf Pups classes offer half day and full day lesson options designed specifically for children visiting the resort.

Canyons Resort

Canyons Resort offers one of the largest ski resorts in Utah. Families may book special vacation packages that provide them with a one-bedroom to four-bedroom suite and lift tickets, along with access to the resort’s other amenities. In addition to a wide selection of classes for skiers of all levels, families will enjoy activities such as dog sledding, sleigh rides and snow cat rides. Special events, such as Western BBQs, are also held to entertain families after a day of skiing. Dining options at the resort include multiple family-friendly options.

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