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The 7 Best Ski Resorts for Families

Before you had kids, ski trips were all about hitting those double black diamonds and then, of course, the bar. Now they’re all about finding new fun ways to entertain the youths without driving yourself crazy in the process. Here are seven awesome resorts kids (and adults) of all ages will enjoy. (Psst, there’s even one where your pup can come along.)

STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT (STOWE, VT)

Best for: Families that want to do more than just ski

If it’s good enough for the Von Trapp family, then it’s good enough for yours. The real Sound of Music clan settled here after fleeing Europe and continue to run the Trapp Family Lodge today. The mountain has plenty of beginner-level trails, but there are also a number of other activities available like baking classes, yoga and snowshoeing. Oh, and don’t forget to pop by the Ben & Jerry’s factory in nearby Waterbury for a tour and a scoop of Chubby Hubby.

NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA RESORT (TRUCKEE, CA)

Best for: Families who get bored easily

Are your little ones constantly complaining that there’s nothing to do (despite all the toys piling up in your basement)? Well, they’ll have nothing to gripe about with the Tahoe Value Pass, which allows access to not one, not two but three awesome resorts, Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar. Bonus: If your kids really do manage to ski all 283 runs before the end of your vacation, they’ll still be entertained by the tubing hill, bungee trampoline and build-your-own-s’mores cookouts Northstar offers.