Jackson Hole, Wyoming
This laid-back resort near Grand Teton National Park has a rep as a place for hard-core skiers, but Jackson Hole is actually incredibly family-friendly, with an excellent kids' program and plenty of slopes for parents who haven't strapped on skis since high school.
Just for Kids: The Kids Ranch ski school is right in the heart of the village -- with its own fenced-off area for beginners, and dedicated slopes for children to try once they've gotten their ski legs. Kids can start lessons at age 3, and if you have a baby, you can feel good about leaving her at the top-notch childcare center, where they're pros at sitting for kids as young as 2 months.
Family Fun: Even if you don't ski, you can head up on the Bridger Gondola to the new restaurant complex, which has awesome views from 9,000 feet. And save time to see the historic town of Jackson, a 15-minute drive from the resort. This cowboy town has old-fashioned wooden sidewalks and a town square with massive arches made from elk horns at each corner.
Parent Perks: Sip a hot chocolate and watch your child's ski lesson while you hang out in an Adirondack chair on the heated outdoor patio at the Four Seasons Resort at Jackson Hole (800-295-5281). In the evening, sign the children up for the resort's Kids Night Out program (movies and games), then head over for a beer at local fave, The Mangy Moose (mangymoose.net).
Where to Stay: The village has condos for every budget; make sure you ask about the 5-night combo ski ticket/lodging packages for families (from $490 per person; jhrl.com). For a splurge, stay at the Snake River Lodge & Spa (800-445-4655), which has an amazing indoor/outdoor pool.