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.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Kevin Cass /Shutterstock In the Southern end of the valley in Wyoming is Jackson Hole, known for plenty of summery outdoor adventuring and access to countless trails in the nearby Tetons. Come winter, it’s a skiing paradise. Since Yellowstone isn’t too far away, you can make this a vacation the whole family will never forget.
Though Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa falls on the more expensive side, with nightly rates at $459 for a family of four in a bi-level suite, it includes a long list of kid-friendly activities. From snowshoeing and ice-skating to sleigh rides through the town, tubing and wildlife safaris, you can actually sit back and relax in your Jacuzzi, without worrying if they kiddos will keep you up at night. Get in a wintery mood with these stunning photos of National Parks covered in snow.