Best U.S. Family Ski Vacations For The Holidays (I)

Best U.S. Family Ski Vacations For The Holidays (I)

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Best U.S. Family Ski Vacations For The Holidays: Crystal Mountain, Michigan

Crystal Mountain is an excellent family destination for the holiday season because it is brimming with holiday cheer – from horse-drawn surreys to NASTAR ski racing …against Santa!


It is big enough to provide plenty of entertainment for kids, but small enough to be convenient. With its compact layout lifts, ski school, condos and restaurants are all within an easy, five-minute walk. There are also resort shuttles for added convenience.


There are great beginner slopes are appropriately mellow. Adding to the festive holiday spirit, cheery holiday lights bedeck the outdoor ice rink at night. Kids can splash in the warm water of the indoor pool after a day on the snow. Charming horse-drawn surreys pull families through snowy scenes. On Christmas Eve, Santa takes on all comers at the NASTAR course and anyone who beats him gets a prize from his sack. On New Year's Eve, fireworks explode in the Michigan sky!


Adding to the family-friendly amenities – there are extensive child care services, Camp Nursery welcomes infants and toddlers with cribs, and the evening Campfire Kids program entertains four to 12-year-olds with playground games, arts and crafts, and roasted hot dogs. There's in-room babysitting is offered as well.



Best U.S. Family Ski Vacations For The Holidays: Squaw Valley, California

Squaw Valley is an excellent family ski holiday destination for Christmas because — beginning with November 24 — every Saturday, Santa swings by in the village to listen children's holiday wishes and pose for photographs. Moreover, carolers fill the air with songs and joy. Kids can cook marshmallows and make s'mores at the KT Base Bar firepits on midafternoons just before and after the holiday. Santa travels the hills on December 22 through 24 (you can even join him for a holiday Dawn Patrol). And on December 26, he hides stockings all around the resort. For anyone wanting to take in some ice-skating, Squaw's rink at High Camp, located among the snowy peaks at 8,200 feet, offers stunning views of the snow-covered Sierras.


At the Resort at Squaw Creek, there's even more to holiday cheer to enjoy. Skiers Jenny Moseley and Amie Engerbretson will unveil the Resort's giant gingerbread township and host an impressive tree lighting ceremony. Santa arrived, riding on a red fire engine. Other holiday events include breakfast with Santa, holiday concerts, caroling, children's holiday crafts, an ice carving demonstration, Menorah lighting, winter wonderland stories with Mrs. Claus, moonlight snowshoe tours, snowman making contests, elf tuck-ins, movies for the kids and ski film movie nights in Sandy's Pub.