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Five winter wonderland getaways for whole family

By Lynn O’Rourke Hayes, FamilyTravel.com
Published: February 3, 2024, 6:05am

Make time for a winter getaway. Here are five ideas to consider.

Beaver Creek, Colo.

Winter trips to this Colorado mountain town offer an invigorating blend of high-altitude adventure, luxurious amenities and quality family time. After an action-packed day of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing or Nordic skiing, be on the lookout for the warm chocolate chip cookies served each afternoon, a long-standing Beaver Creek tradition. Later, relax while strolling through the charming town where high-end shopping and culinary options beckon. For an extra special dining experience, an open sleigh-ride to Beano’s Cabin or Allie’s Cabin won’t disappoint. The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek’s ski-in, ski-out accommodations simplify the parental ground game. Located just steps from the ski school, an on-site ski rental shop, and a signature ski concierge, guests will also appreciate access to BEABA’s luxurious and elegantly designed baby products, complimentary s’mores kits by the outdoor firepit, family board games and kid-specific spa treatments at the Exhale Spa.

For more: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/colorado/park-hyatt-beaver-creek-resort-and-spa/beave; https://www.beavercreek.com; www.Colorado.com

Kingfield, Maine

Explore over 80 miles of trails via cross country skis or on snowshoes in the backcountry of Maine. From flat, wide trails to steep descents, trail difficulty ranges from beginner to advanced and offers something for every outdoor enthusiast. Enjoy your off-the-grid adventure by day and then relax in a comfortable hut overnight where a warm bed and tasty meals await. Considered “boutique hostels,” the huts, run by a nonprofit organization, feature state-of-the-art green-energy systems that generate and store their own power. Make tracks from hut to hut on your own or with a guide.

For more: www.mainehuts.org

Keystone, Colo.

Spend your snowy getaway on the slopes of this Rocky Mountain resort, you’ll find tucked away in the White River National Forest. Keystone Resort, the largest ski area in Summit County, offers 3,000 acres of easy-to-expert terrain on three impressive peaks. Look forward to something for everyone in your clan, from gentle groomers, rolling cruisers and steep bumps, to gladed terrain, and powder-filled bowls. From the friendly reception center and up-front parking reserved for families, to the scores of red wagons spread throughout the property to ease the transport of little ones plus gear, Keystone, a Vail Resort, is committed to making mountain time memorable for you and your clan. The Kidtopia program offers a range of activities for children including giant snow forts, arts and crafts, ice-skating, and scavenger hunts. Ask about private ski and boarding lessons for family groups.

For more: www.KeystoneResort.com

Santa Fe, N.M.

Head to this capital city in the Sangre de Cristo mountains for a family-friendly adventure.

Located 16 miles from Santa Fe, it’s a world-class area offering terrain for the most adventuresome powder hounds as well as groomers, glade skiing and a freestyle terrain park. When not on the slopes, immerse yourselves in history, culture, a serious art scene and exceptional cuisine. There is wide range of options that will engage the kids including hands-on classes, scavenger hunts, museums, climbing walls and chocolate factory tours.

For more: www.SkiSantaFe.com; www.SantaFe.org

Smugglers’ Notch, Vt.

This New England resort is committed to making family vacations just that — a vacation for every member of the family. All-day children’s programs are an option for those parents who want their kids to learn to ski or board in small groups of similar ages and skills. There are first-timer programs and ways for teens to enjoy the mountain by day and to take part in dodge ball and ping-pong tournaments, laser tag, dance parties and teen jeopardy when not shredding on the mountain. The resort also offers an extensive adaptive program, providing therapeutic recreation for children and adults of all abilities.

For more: www.Smuggs.com