The best family ski resorts near NYC

Take your crew to the best family ski resorts for an amazing weekend of family fun. You'll find trails for all skill levels and more!
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Head to the best family ski resorts with your kids for a truly "cool" time this season! The entire crew will get confident on skis and snowboards with the help of mountain instructors at these sweet ski vacation spots, and before you know it, they'll be zooming past you on the intermediate and advanced trails! 
 
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Our guide to the best family ski resorts in the area are all accessible from NYC (assuming you have a weekend to travel), so it's a great idea for a small winter family vacation. Some spots even have snow tubing
 

Best family ski resorts for all ages

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Okemo Mountain Resort - Ludlow, VT

Travel time: 4 hrs and 45 mins by car

Grab winter by the horns and turn it into a family-friendly adventure with a trip to woodsy and picturesque Vermont. Slope-ready families will be psyched to tackle Okemo’s 120 snow-covered trails, and little daredevils can easily be found in one of three terrain parks. Youngsters (ages 3 and up) will have an easy time learning in group ski lessons to suit all skill levels, or snowplowing around on their own—kids ages 6 and under snag lift tickets for free! Check out a new six-passenger bubble chair with luxurious heated seats, and when your brood has had enough of skiing, brave the Timber Ripper mountain coaster, go snow tubing or try out the regulation hockey rink in the Ice House skating pavilion. After a long day, Kids’ Night Out gives Mom and Dad an evening to themselves while the kids chow down on pizza and enjoy movies, swimming, skating and other activities—just make sure to book ahead of time. Try Jackson Gore Village or Mountain Lodge at Okemo for family-friendly housing (Jackson has an indoor heated pool and hot tub!) 77 Okemo Ridge Rd, Ludlow, VT; 800-78-OKEMO, okemo.com

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Windham Mountain Resort - Windham, NY

Travel time: 3 hrs by car

Rising up 1,600 vertical feet and boasting over 50 trails, this snowy spot draws beginners and pro skiers alike; and while close enough for a day trip, Windham's amenities make it worthy of an overnight stay as well. An impressive array of lessons cater to all skill levels, plus an expanded Children’s Learning Center ensures that youngsters ages 2–7 are supervised and entertained with themed entertainment (think “Arctic Animals” and “Under the Sea”) throughout the day. Almost overshadowing the comprehensive kids' programs and copious ski-and-stay deals at the Winwood Inn is the kidcentric Adventure Park, with eight snowtubing lanes, ice-skating, zip lines and a kids' snowmobile area. 33 Clarence D. Lane Rd, Windham, NY; 800-754-9463, windhammountain.com

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Mount Snow - West Dover, VT

Travel time: 4 hrs by car

Off the beaten path of Vermont resorts, Mount Snow is secluded, laid-back and, when staying at the Grand Summit Hotel, a stone's throw from the chairlift. Convenient and comfortable lodging in the deep-country setting lets your family rest up for a full day of on-snow activity, whether in one of many ski school programs for both adults and children, at the extensive terrain park, or on the base area tubing runs, complete with a Magic Carpet lift. For a special treat, head out on a family excursion like Husky Works Mushing, which lets the kids imagine they’re starring in Balto as you get pulled by a team of Siberian huskies, or an Adams Farm sleigh ride through scenic landscape, led by Belgian draft horses. Look for seasonal Kids Discovery Days online! 39 Mount Snow Rd, West Dover, VT; 800-245-7669, mountsnow.com

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Hunter Mountain Resort - Hunter, NY

Travel time: 2 hrs and 30 mins by car

Families with little ones who are just starting out on the slopes will feel comfortable at this two-peak mountain resort nestled in the Catskills, which offers an even mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain (six lifts and more than 27 trails!). Get first-time skiers as young as 4 years old acquainted with the snow in one-on-one lessons with an instructor, or hit the hill as a family at an affordable price. This upstate getaway keeps kids entertained off the slopes as well, with the largest snow tubing park in New York State boasting 18 slippery chutes and a mini tubing park for kids. Daycare is available for kids ages 2–6, keeping them busy with indoor games, storytelling and crafts while you hit a few advanced runs just for the adults. For easy transportation from NYC, book your trip through Emilio’s Ski & Snowboard Shop or Urban Sherpa. (64 Klein Ave, Hunter, NY; 518-263-4223, huntermtn.com). We'd also recommend checking out the Ski and Stay deals if your schedules are flexible.

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Photograph: Courtesy Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort - Hancock, MA

Travel time: 2 hrs and 30 mins by car

This little Berkshire jewel hits the jackpot for families with its ski-in, ski-out lodge at the base of the mountain, plus top-notch full- or half-day kids' programs of various levels. With 45 skiing trails to tackle, a mountain coaster that flies through the woods at up to 23 mph (for ages 9 and up), and a Cub’s Den indoor playroom for little ones, your brood will stay entertained on and off the slopes. Make sure to round up the troops and take the chair lift to Hendrick’s Summit Lodge to warm up with a cup of cocoa and take in the views. 37 Corey Rd, Hancock, MA; 413-738-5500, jiminypeak.com

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Camelback Mountain Resort - Tannersville, PA

Travel time: 1 hr and 30 min by car

This beginner-friendly mountain lets families hit the slopes without leaving the tri-state area. The 1,200 onsite snow machines ensure that there’s plenty of the white stuff to shred on, and affordable 90-minute group lessons help visitors of all ages perfect their turns. This is one of the best places near NYC for kids' ski lessons, as the resort offers private lessons, half-day beginner lessons, 90-minute lessons and other options to help your kid master the slopes. The kids will also love taking a break from ski school to go tubing, fly down a zip line, get a rush on the 4,500-foot-long Mountain Coaster or hit up the adventure park. Even while the snow is falling on the picturesque Poconos outside, little ones can splash around in a wave pool or brave 13 different water slides in the massive Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark. Resort Dr, Tannersville, PA; 570-629-1661, skicamelback.com

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Mountain Creek - Vernon Township, NJ

Travel time: 1 hr 30 mins by car

Make tracks on some of the best terrain in the North East at this New Jersey resort with an impressive 1,040 vertical feet, 200 acres of trails and four mighty mountain peaks. Snag lessons tailored to the little ones through Mountain Creek’s Kids Kamp, which offers full- or half-day programs, and don’t forget to take advantage of other on-mountain fun including snow tubing (in 30 full-sized lanes), Zoom Ziplines and the Alpine Mountain Coaster, a two-seater toboggan that slides on rails, winding through the woods at about 30 mph. If you’d rather not drive, book through NYC Snow Bus, which offers pick-ups from Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn locations. For lodging, check out The Appalachian, complete with a heated outdoor pool and hot tub. 200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ; 973-827-2000, mountaincreek.com

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