There's great group travel options these days for families heading to the slopes, since resorts are competing for your business with a broad range of services and compelling travel packages.
At Steamboat Springs, Colorado, there are many family ski options including a cowboy-themed kids-zone with a log cabin terrain park, flat escalator "lifts" that glide kids up a small hill, kids-only chairlifts, and day care facilities. Additionally kids twelve years and under ski free and there are discounted rates for teen skiers. Nearby, your family can enjoy western-style barbeques, sleigh rides, tubing parks, and even hot spring soaks.
In Vermont, Smugglers' Notch is known as the family friendly resort with its high-quality child care, learn-to-ski programs, lots of terrain for beginners as well as experts, ski in/ski out lodging, a day spa, and family-oriented restaurants.
Up in Lake Tahoe for a family ski trip there are kid's programs, child care, and a tubing park at Northstar-at-Tahoe and a top-notch day care center at Heavenly with its art, music, puppets and outdoor snow play and solid learn-to-ski programs with "tag-along lessons," where the whole family can ski together but with an instructor along to work with the kids.
Looking to save money on your family ski vacation? Be sure to research a variety of lodging options, including condo rental, hotel stay and ski packages, or vacation rentals from owners (particularly for large families and multi-family vacations). If your lodging has a kitchen, you can for sure save by not eating out for every meal. Most resorts offer family focused savings through learn to ski/board packages with equipment rentals, lift tickets, and lessons.
Be sure that your child wears a helmet, which most ski areas now rent. Consider walkie-talkies for your older kids (also often available for rent) so you can easily hook up for lunch or after the last run of the day. Have a safe, fun, and family-fun ski trip together.