Vail -- Colorado
Vail is known for its challenging terrain, especially the Back Bowls and the new Blue Sky Basin, but the big news is that it's also great for families. What little one wouldn't like exploring a Wild West jail or a cave filled with fun eco-facts?
Why kids love it: There are 12 Kids' Adventure Zones for children to explore on skis and snowboards, and kids' theme days include race day with ribbons.
Why parents love it: The menus at Chaos Canyon Kids' Cafe will take the tears out of family dining.
Why families love it: Half the fun of going to Vail is wandering the streets of the village itself with its Tyrolean atmosphere, shops, and restaurants.
For non-skiers: Try snow tubing, snowmobiling on a special kids' track, laser tag, ice-skating, or snowshoe tours.
Children's programs: Ski lessons are given for ages 3 and up, all-day ski or snowboard lessons for ages 7 to 14. The Small World Play School offers daycare and crafts for non-skiing children from 2 months to 6 years.
Lodging: Good family-friendly options include the Landmark in Lionshead and the condos at Manor Vail. 800-270-4870; www.vail.com.