Looking to hit the slopes this winter with the kiddos? We've rounded up our favorite cold weather destinations with the best ski schools so the little ones can learn and explore while you enjoy the mountain (or maybe just the spa).
The ski school at Beaver Creek is amazing. Very well run and organized. We’ve never had it fill up on us, but it might be worth registering online to avoid a wait. Take a free dial-a-ride to drop off, or have their ski nanny escort your kids from your condo to ski school. Kids love the afternoon cookies at the end of school.
If your kids are at least three years old and potty trained, Jackson's ski school is the place for them. Offering both ski and snowboard instruction, the school has a fun group of teachers and an organized system that will get even the most beginner of beginners comfortable on the slopes stat. For younger tots, daycare is offered, as are private lessons for all ages. (Adult instruction also available.)
Aspen is divided into four mountains, with Snowmass and Buttermilk offering the programs for the youngest children and beginner skiers. Their daycare centers also accept babies. Each has half- and full-day programs, giving parents some grown-up time on the slopes while the kids have a combination of ski school and playtime. They make friends, they learn to ski from the kindest instructors, and they return happy and exhausted. Pre-register online to have some of the paperwork complete, but show up early the first day since there are extra details to handle on check-in.