No single attribute makes for a great family ski resort. It takes a combination of activities and characteristics to satisfy everyone. Sometimes, its takes a mascot.
Convenient lodging beyond a basic motel and a variety of ski terrain are great starts to pleasing skiers of varied ages and abilities. For young kids, mountain mascots make ski school warm and fuzzy. For hard-to-engage teens, cool terrain parks amp up the interest factor. An ideal family destination should also have reliable snowmaking and grooming, well-organized lessons and exciting après-ski activities like dog sledding, torchlight parades or a tubing hill so off-slope hours don’t simply amount to watching mom and dad drink in a pub (of course, that worked just fine for my parents).
Above are some New England resorts that cater to families — kids and parents alike.
Heather Burke is a Boston.com correspondent. Follow her on Twitter @FamilySkiTrips.