Lake Tahoe, California
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Here, you have a plethora of resorts and options to choose from, in all budget and price ranges. When you book a stay at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe (with rates for a family of four starting at $369 a night for a suite), you can skip driving and take their free ski shuttles and rent their on-site ski and snowboard rentals. When you’re not trying your hand at new tricks for the New Year, your family can snack on their many dining options or lounge in the indoor pool or spa to recover from a long day.
For another option, book your stay at The Village at Squaw Valley in North Lake Tahoe. Inspired by European ski resorts, there’s something for you and your partner, with more than 50 bars, restaurants and boutiques, all intermingled with condominium-style suites. Another fun perk of this Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is their “Kids Ski Free” package, where booking two nights at a slope-side room lets your kids take to the hills sans cost. And for families looking to save even more, each suite, with rates starting at $224 a night, features a full kitchen, private balcony, fireplace, and access to hot tubs.
Sun Valley, Idaho
CSNafzger /Shutterstock You might not think of Idaho when you first dream of a winter wonderland getaway, but in Sun Valley, you can explore Bald Mountain, Dollar Mountain, and other views. Known for more gentle slopes, it’s ideal for a quick getaway to introduce your children to snow without having to suffer through treacherous hills.
Consider booking your stay at Sun Valley Resort, which was founded in 1936 as America’s first destination ski resort, nestled among the Idaho mountains. For your bustling family of four, opt for the Stay & Ski Free Package that starts at $249 a night for both lodging and your lift pass. In addition to teaching your children about the winter sport you adore, you can also book sleigh rides, activities, and book a lesson at their ‘Terrain-That-Teaches’ program for beginners of all ages.
Beaver Creek, Colorado
Marshall Garner /Shutterstock In Colorado’s Rocky Mountains is the picture-perfect town of Beaver Creek, modeled after alpine villages, that offers beautiful slopes and a rich history. When you bring your family to this must-see destination, book your stay at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, with rates starting at $374 for a family of four. In addition to spending your day skiing and snowboarding, you can also enjoy dog sledding, snowmobiling, and more. For a night out, book a dinner at their on-site bar and grill that features local, natural, and organic dishes, as well as Colorado microbrews, wine and spirits for you and your partner. Psst…their complimentary ‘S’mores Happy Hour’ can’t be missed! Here are some more of our favorite small towns in the U.S. that will have you feeling like you’re in Europe.