Skiing in Utah’s “Champagne Powder” is the stuff of legends. But that perfect snow and rugged mountain terrain isn’t just for experts. You’ll find ski resorts catering to skiers of all abilities, and the proximity of these three to Salt Lake City’s airport makes family travel easy.
In a class by itself, Deer Valley sits high above Park City and is known for its customer service and family-friendly vibe. The daily number of skiers is limited, so lines are short. The resort also offers a fully licensed day care center for children, in addition to lessons for all ages. Luxury family accommodations are right at the base.
While experts in the family will find plenty of challenge in the 100-plus runs spread across six mountain faces, major improvements for this season seek to make more terrain available to less-experienced skiers. A new $10 million chairlift carries skiers from Snow Park base to the gentle slope of Little Baldy Mountain, and the ski school and beginner area has been upgraded.
It’s hard to beat the more than 500 inches of annual snowfall at Alta, located in Little Cottonwood Valley, near Salt Lake City. Like Deer Valley, Alta is for skiers only, with no snowboards allowed. Although the terrain is tilted to intermediate and advanced skiers, newer skiers find plenty of beautifully groomed trails. There’s also a good ski school, as well as a day-care program for youngsters.
A plus for families is the availability of hotels at the base, offering family-sized rooms and suites, as well as all-inclusive meal packages, allowing families to spend a ski holiday right at the resort.
Like Alta, Brighton is about skiing, not the apres-ski life. With the same annual snowfall as Alto, Brighton has the advantage for families with riders, as snowboards are also welcome here. Riders and free-style skiers will find five separate terrain parks with some of the best rails, jumps, jibs, pipes and other features in the industry.
A plus for families with young children, those 10 years old and younger ski free. And skiers with limitless energy can extend the day on lighted slopes six nights a week.
With much of the country still swathed in winter gloom, Alabama’s Gulf Coast offers a fun beach getaway for family travelers. Contrary to popular belief, Gulf Shores isn’t just white sandy beaches and clear blue skies; it is a hotbed of historical attractions, giving the whole family a vacation to remember.
United Airlines officially became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight training school with the opening of United Aviate Academy on Jan. 27. The moment was made even more historic with its inaugural class, which is 80 percent women and people of color.
Spring is right around the corner, making it the perfect time to start planning your 2023 spring family travel. With temperatures rising, the best spring vacations involve camping in the great outdoors. Make this next camping trip the best with these must-have essentials.
Family travelers can find fun in the Florida sun at Orlando World Center Marriott, the largest Marriott hotel in the world! Here’s a look at what the hotel has to offer:
Plan ahead to finish holiday shopping early and gift your family an award-winning European 2023 summer vacation with Celebrity Cruises and leave the holiday hassle in your wake. With the most unique itineraries of any cruise line, Celebrity is the perfect choice for your summer escape.
National parks are high on the list of popular destinations for family travel. These protected, treasured landscapes and natural wonders include Grand Canyon, Arizona; Yosemite, California; Zion and Arches, Utah; and the dramatic Maine coast at Acadia National Park.