Traveling north for an epic ski trip can be the highlight of the whole winter season for snow-bunny families. Maine just so happens to have a healthy lineup of family-focused accommodation options for those seeking natural slopes covered in fresh powder, but with the added conveniences of home, and then some. Keep this list of family ski mountains and local lodges in mind while planning your next family ski trip.
Hit the snow-tubing park with the family, or make your way to the cross-country ski slopes on the Nordic trails. Ski and snowboard with the family by day, rent fat bikes and check out local events before warming up with the older kids over brews at Lost Valley Brewing Company.
Head to Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine, for some fun family skiing and snowboarding, or sit back and relax on snow tubes while gliding (racing) down the mountain. Check out the long list of events happening at Black Mountain of Maine, including a Boogie Nights live music dance party.
Over on the Ragged Mountain overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Camden Snow Bowl offers a long list of winter activities beyond the slopes. Try fat biking with the kids, get your steps in while snowshoeing and try something new with Nordic skiing. There is, of course, the classic ski and snowboard slopes offered for families across all ranges of expertise and physical levels. Check out the trail map and mountain terrain statistics to see which trail is best for your family.
With 19 trails and even a few parks offering night skiing under the lights, Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine, is a throwback to good, old-fashioned family fun. The kids can take ski lessons and adults can brush up on their skills before heading out on the mountain. Experts and intermediate skiers and snowboarders can find fun activities, from racing and slope-side entertainment to night skiing and detailed mountain reports, for a well-prepared day out on the trails.
Literally built for family fun, Mt. Abram Family Resort offers trails for all experience levels. With 10 beginner slopes, 21 intermediate and 13 expert trails, everyone in your group can get the most out of the mountain. The ski area is located in Greenwood, Maine, just outside of Bethel and boasts a more than 1,150-foot vertical drop and elevation. There is a child care center for the little ones, so you can leave them in good hands and hop on the lift and hit the slopes.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.
Coconut water is an amped-up version of plain H2O with many beneficial properties. For starters, it replenishes electrolytes after a hard workout and provides a source of vital nutrients, like potassium and vitamin C, to keep you on your best game. The best part about the delicious drink is it tastes like you are drinking straight from the coconut.
If your family is a fan of thrills and waterparks, it’s time for a trip to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania: Camelback Lodge is the perfect family-friendly getaway for families of all kinds. When you book a stay at Camelback Lodge, access the resort’s indoor waterpark Aquatopia with more than 12 slides, a lazy river, interactive play areas, wave pool and more.
When guests book at Colonial Williamsburg Resorts, they receive up to two complimentary, length-of-stay admission tickets to explore the Historic Area and Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The offer is exclusive to those booking stays at colonialwilliamsburgresorts.com.
Dog-loving people will let you know traveling with their furry companion is a bonding experience like no other. At Bark Social in Bethesda, Maryland, guests can sit back, relax and enjoy a brew or two surrounded by energetic pups. No need to worry about the occasional dog outburst as professionally trained Bark Rangers monitor the grounds for a clean, safe play area.