With hundreds of ski destination options across North America, choosing the perfect one for yourself, your family or group of friends that fit your budget and preferences can be daunting. That’s where we come in with our handy roundup, comprised by our well-traveled staff and MOUNTAIN TRAVEL EXPERTS, who average 26 years in the ski-travel industry. Based on our deep knowledge, we’ve matched each skier or group type to several ski resorts that will accommodate them best.
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Park City, Utah
The largest ski area in North America provides varied terrain from groomed runs to terrain parks, but boasts 60 percent dedicated to beginner or intermediate skiers and riders. “Park City Mountain is great for families because there is more to do than just ski, says Ski.com Mountain Vacation Expert Jamie Bangerter, “Park City actually has a charming Main Street with lots of history and things to see.” Downtown Park City has over 100 restaurants sure to please every palate, while nearby Gorgoza Tubing Park is great for an off-hill activity, the historic town features an old mining history and museums, and the nearby Utah Olympic Park from the 2002 games hosts many activities for families. In addition, the resort has a mountain coaster, nighttime sleigh rides and world-class terrain parks where the pros are busy training for the Olympics. The “proximity to Salt Lake City airport makes vacations at Park City ultra-convenient, you can get to the resort in just around a half an hour,” says Ski.com’s Dan Sherman. The convenience of which lessens the schlep factor that comes with family ski trips and a lot of gear.