Steamboat -- Colorado
This Rocky Mountain resort consistently wins awards for its children's program. Best of all, parents can enroll kids, buy lift tickets, and rent equipment at the one-stop Kids' Vacation Center.
Why kids love it: The indoor weeknight Kids' Adventure Club for children 4 to 12 offers supervised games, movies, and snacks. Weekly Activity Night includes pizza and activities.
Why parents love it: The Kids/GrandKids Ski Free program allows children to ski free with paying parents or grandparents for five or more days.
Why families love it: Among the places to explore is the Rough Rider Basin, a kids-only zone with teepees, a Colorado mine shaft, and a log cabin playhouse, accessible by its own surface lift.
For non-skiers: Strap on snowshoes for a guided full-moon tour.
Children's programs: Activities are available for ages 6 months to 6 years, with ski lessons and age-appropriate outings such as gondola rides, sledding, puppet shows, and movies.
Lodging: The area boasts numerous hotels and condos, but the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel offers on-site daycare, ski valet service, a game room, and seasonal vacation packages. 800-299-5017; www.steamboat.com.