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Beaver Creek, Colorado

Beaver Creek, Colorado

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Beaver Creek wins awards for its guest services -- and for good reason: It's got a million super-cool touches that make things easier for families. If you've never skied in Colorado before, it's the ideal place to start. There's loads of snow and lots to do, but it's not so big that it'll overwhelm you or the kids.

Just for Kids: Rent your gear at the Children's Center, then walk a few steps to the Ski and Snowboard School for a wide range of programs for kids 3 to 14. Here, your 3-year-old can take his first lesson in a two-hour "mini mice" session that even includes a nap. This year, Beaver Creek has opened a new Buckaroo Express Gondola just for children. If your kids are already comfortable skiing or boarding, take them to Park 101, a beginner terrain park that lets them do a little hotdogging.

Family Fun: Nabbing a table for lunch in a hot, crowded ski-resort cafeteria can be a nightmare, so you'll love this: Greeters at the Spruce Saddle Lodge (970-845-9090) find seating for your crowd. The resort also serves warm chocolate-chip cookies every day as you leave the mountain. If your kids aren't too wiped out, there's plenty to do in the village at night, including ice skating and pizza at the Blue Moose (970-845-8666). Need a day off the slopes? Head into the nearby town of Eagle for bowling at The Back Bowl (970-328-2695).

Parent Perks: You can order your lift tickets online and have them sent to your home so you don't waste time waiting in line when you get there. Moms (and dads!), give your sore legs a treat by getting a massage at the Allegria Spa in the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa (970-748-7500).

Where to Stay: Condos in the village start at $180. Feel like staying in a hotel? Try The Pines Lodge (970-754-7200) close to the village, or save money by staying at Comfort Inn in Avon (970-949-5511), just a shuttle ride away from the resort.

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