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10 Best U.S. Ski Resorts for Families

By Kathleen Squires
November 24, 2013; 7:15 AM ET

We've all heard that the family who plays together stays together. Even if a clan contains all types-from shredders to spa-lovers-the slopes can offer wintry entertainment for varying activities, skill levels, and tastes. The following resorts across the country have a reputation for being especially kind to kin. Not only will kids of all ages find happiness at these spots, there's plenty for parents to enjoy, too.

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Where: Beaver Creek, CO

The promise of hot chocolate on the mountaintop in the morning and a warm chocolate chip cookie break each afternoon awaits at this picturesque resort. In addition to seemingly endless entertainment options from sleigh riding to shopping to a skating rink, Beaver Creek has been recognized by the National Ski Area Association with an award for overall safety.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Beaver Creek Guide

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Where: Stowe, VT

This New England ski area is home to one of the most well-known families in the world: the Von Trapps of Sound of Music fame settled in Stowe after they fled Europe. The family continues to run a lodge in town, the Trapp Family Lodge, where families can enjoy miles of cross-country skiing on property, along with activities such as baking classes and yoga. Mount Mansfield lies just minutes down the road. And the famous Ben & Jerry's factory offers tours, and tastings, in nearby Waterbury.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Stowe Guide

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Where: Lake Tahoe, CA

The Tahoe Value Pass allows access to three resorts-Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Northstar-so there's little risk of becoming bored in Tahoe. Families especially enjoy Northstar for its tubing hill, bungee trampoline, moonlight snowshoe tours, and après-ski activities such as "build-your-own-smores" cookouts right in the village at an outdoor firepit.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Lake Tahoe Guide

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