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    10 Best U.S. Ski Resorts for Families

    By By Kathleen Squires
    November 26, 2013, 7:30:08 AM EST

    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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    BEAVER CREEK RESORT 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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    TRAPP FAMILY LODGE 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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    NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA RESORT 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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