Best Ski Towns

Mt. Shasta Ski ParkYou know a great ski town when you see it: cute chalet-style hotels or a rustic lodge crowning a quaint pedestrian village nestled next to the slopes, boutique ski shops with gear you can’t afford after outfitting everyone from the toddler to the teen gracing every corner, coffee bistros with frothy hot chocolate and biscotti located within walking distance of the chairlifts. But the best ski towns for families need more than that: they need affordable ski ticket prices and lodging, extra activities for those stormy days or non-skiing family members, and a fun, kid-friendly atmosphere in which everything is centrally located. There are plenty of such best family ski resorts in North America; the following are a handful of our favorites.

Park City, Utah

Bend, Oregon

South Tahoe, California

Kellogg, Idaho

Keystone, CO