Hit the Slopes! The 14 Best Ski Resorts for Kids

Snowplow parent? That's you -- when you hit the slopes with your kids at one of these family-friendly ski resorts! (16 Photos)

Ellen Parlapiano on Dec 4, 2012 at 4:19PM

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Hit the Slopes! The 14 Best Ski Resorts for Kids

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Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

Why it's special: You'll feel like you're skiing in the French Alps -- without having to cross the Atlantic. Just 90 minutes northwest of Montreal, this charming Canadian resort has foreign flavor (a Euro-styled village, with crepe stands and truffle shops) and ultra convenient lodging just steps from the beginner slopes, so you can ski in/ski out.

Children's programs: Kidz Club Daycare entertains children ages 1–6, with games, crafts and indoor/outdoor fun; and teaches preschoolers (ages 3–4) to ski in the Mother Nature Camp, which includes childcare and a half day lesson. The Snow School also offers group and private ski lessons for ages 3–16; and snowboarding instruction for ages 7–16. For teens, there's a 30-acre terrain park.

What to do off the slopes: For more snowy fun, try skating and tubing (both free for resort guests), snowshoe tours, horse drawn sleigh rides and dog sledding (complete with puppy snuggles and wet kisses). You can even bundle up the family and try ice fishing with a local guide. Mont Tremblant's mascot, a cute costumed reindeer named Toufou, hosts daily Crazy Games (anyone for Giant Volleyball?), and often drops in on resort activities. If you're starting to feel a bit chilly, gather round the fire pits or warm up indoors: While kids play a few rounds of paintball, you can take cooking lessons at the culinary school.

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