Aspen/Snowmass -- Colorado
One of Aspen's four ski mountains, Snowmass is by far the most family-friendly. Picture an on-mountain children's area with its own lift, three race courses, moguls, and even a mini-terrain park.
Why kids love it: Once they've learned the basics, they'll swarm the adventure zones and make friends with characters such as Burnie the Bear.
Why parents love it:This is Aspen, after all, with more trendy shops and restaurants than you can visit in a week.
Why families love it: Tubing lovers will flip over Tube Town, with a rope tow and warming hut.
For non-skiers: Have fun at the free sled and toboggan hills.
Children's programs: Snow Cubs offers daycare on and off the snow for kids 8 weeks to 3 1/2 years old; group and private ski lessons are offered for ages 3 and up. Kids 3 to 10 can participate in a Night Hawks program with evening activities.
Lodging: Stay in a slopeside condominium, or try the ski-in/ski-out Silvertree Hotel. 800-598-2004; www.aspensnowmass.com.