Park City Mountain Resort -- Utah
All eyes will be on Park City this winter as it gears up to host six Olympic events. While the actual venues will be closed during the Games, families can ski and snowboard at the resort all season and get a taste of the excitement.
Why kids love it: Children can take ski-jumping classes from pros or try the Ice Rocket Rides (for kids at least 50 inches tall), which use the Olympic bobsled and luge track.
Why parents love it: When they need a break from the slopes, they can hit one of the great local museums.
Why families love it: The resort offers a magical wintry experience at Christmas, the Heber Valley Railroad "Polar Express" train to the "North Pole," where kids hear the popular children's book, sip hot chocolate, and ride with Santa back to the train depot. (Reserve ahead.)
For non-skiers: Stroll through the historic mining town of Park City, or ice-skate at the base of the mountain. Special concerts, festivals, and rodeos are planned for Olympic-year visitors.
Children's programs: Small-group ski lessons are available for ages 3 and up; indoor activities include music, crafts, and storytime. Mom, Dad & Kids ski lessons are available.
Lodging: Book early at hotels, lodges, and condos, and don't be shy about requesting rooms during the Games. Ask also about the special $20.02 lift-ticket price at participating hotels. 800-453-1360; www.parkcityinfo.com. Want tickets for the Winter Olympics? Go to www.saltlake2002.com.