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winter sports vacation ideas for families

places to enjoy winter sports vacations

When the snow hits, it’s harder to get up and get active. Stay on your athletic game this winter with the eseo app!

Take your family on a winter sports-themed getaway this season. Whether you love skiing, sightseeing, or extreme sports, there’s a destination for you and your loved ones. Here are some notable winter sports vacation ideas throughout the United States (and the world)!

Winter Getaways in the U.S. for Adventure Lovers

Skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, snowshoeing, you name it—here are some of the best winter sports getaways in the U.S.

South Lake Tahoe, California

Hit the ski slopes at one of America’s most famous ski destinations, South Lake Tahoe. Snow sports lovers venture to SLT for snowmobiling, sledding, ice skating, and cross-country skiing. Don’t miss their annual Festival of Lights.

Aspen, Colorado

From November through February, Aspen is a world-famous (and romantic) ski town for any family looking to get away. Ski to your heart’s content or simply browse the local shops when you’re not busy building snowmen.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a versatile spot for all winter activities. From hiking the trails to dog sledding to skiing competitions, there’s something for the whole family—including spas and wellness centers for mom.

Park City, Utah

Known for its skiing and snowboarding, Park City, Utah is home to every winter sport you can think of. Fly fishing, horseback riding, and even snow bike riding are a few unique activities.

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Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, Minnesota

If you’ve ever wanted to try dog sledding, get your “Mush!” on at the Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge in Minnesota. Kids, parents, and families can attend dogsled resorts, day trips, and even camping trips.

C Lazy U Ranch, Colorado

Enjoy a family vacation at a famous dude ranch with all-inclusive amenities at C Lazy U. Get immersed in winter sports including horseback riding and archery (plus the usual skiing) with one of their winter vacation options. 

International Winter Sports Trip Ideas 

Explore new lands for a fun winter sports vacation with these international destinations.

Banff National Park, British Columbia

Banff is only one of many amazing national parks to visit in British Columbia. Explore the Canadian Rockies and enjoy your favorite winter sports, plus incredible sights.

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

Famous for snowboarding, skiing, and winter sports delights, Whistler Blackcomb is about a two-hour drive from Vancouver, Canada. There are great resorts and family-friendly stays all winter long. 

Verbier, Switzerland

Take your family to the Swiss Alps for an adrenaline-packed vacation they’ll never forget. Verbier, Switzerland is full of snowparks, ski resorts, and other activities for every winter sports enthusiast. 

Åre, Sweden

Known as the “Alpine heart of Scandinavia,” Åre, Sweden delivers some of the best winter waterfalls, trails, adventure sports, and of course—the Northern Lights

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

In the “Pearl of the Dolomites” is a beautiful province of Belluno, Italy—Cortina d’Ampezzo. Skiers, hikers, climbers, and snowboarders love this destination. It’s a memorable family trip!

Family Winter Sports Vacations With Kids Activities

If you have young kids, don’t worry. There are plenty of winter vacations with kid-friendly sports and activities.

Lake Placid, New York

Take the family ice skating on Lake Placid or take a break from skiing with some adventurous snowshoeing. Lake Placid is a must-see for anyone in America, especially in the eastern United States.

Waterville Valley Resort, New Hampshire

Compete in a cold plunge, take your kids skiing, and make winter memories at the Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire. This is a wonderful family-focused winter sports area.

Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont

Vermont's snowy winters are perfect for all the adventure sports you and your kids can tolerate. Sledding, tubing, beginner snowboarding—it’s all here.

Heavenly Mountain Resort, California/Nevada

At the edge of Lake Tahoe is Heavenly Mountain Resort, bordering the states of California and Nevada. Build snowmen and relax or take your kids on their first ski slope!

McCall, Idaho

McCall, Idaho is full of forest and trail snow activities for the whole family. From snowmobiling to treks and tubing, kids and adults are guaranteed a great time.

Seven Devils, North Carolina

In the heart of North Carolina is a town called Seven Devils, peppered with waterfalls and snowy mountain tops. The winter tubing and ziplining attractions are popular for winter family vacations. 

Winter Sports Getaways and Staycations Near Philadelphia

As sports enthusiasts in Philadelphia, we have to share some winter sports locations in the area! Here are some places to venture not far from Philly if you want a vacation or “staycation”.

Snow Tubing in Tannersville, PA

About an hour and a half outside Philly, enjoy a snow tubing run in Tannersville, PA. Camelback Mountain is a popular spot to take your kids in winter—the biggest snow tubing spot in the country!

Skiing at Bear Creek Mountain, Philadelphia, PA

For beginners and curious families, Bear Creek Mountain is a smaller mountain suitable for any skill level. Located just an hour away from Philadelphia, it’s a great day trip or winter vacation spot.

Winter Sports at Eagle Rock Resort, Hazle Township, PA

Skiing, sledding, and winter play in the Blue Mountains are only two hours away from the heart of Philly. Members of Eagle Rock Resort get unlimited skiing all season long.

Skiing and Snowboarding at Jack Frost Big Boulder, White Haven, PA

All levels can enjoy the 36 trails at Jack Frost Big Boulder, known as JFBB. With a quick 1.5-hour drive outside of Philadelphia, spend the day or weekend skiing and snowboarding with friends and family. 

Winter Sports in Blue Knob Resort, Claysburg, PA

Snow sports abound 3.5 hours from Philly at Blue Knob. There are slopes for all levels from beginner to advanced. Lessons are available for all ages, too.

Find More Winter Sports Destinations 

For more family-friendly winter sports attractions, connect with fellow athletes on the eseo sports app. Our community is growing, and you’re sure to find a Philly local who’s involved with your favorite winter sport. Download the app today!

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