Best Hotel Kids' Programs
Grand Summit Hotel at Mount Snow Resort, West Dover, VT
Hotel Kids’ Program: Since the hotel is owned by the ski resort, all manner of ski school programs are conveniently intertwined with a winter vacation. A full day of ski school is offered to kids ages 3 (Cub Camp), 4–6 (Snow Camp), and 7–14 (Mountain Camp for skiing, Mountain Riders for snowboarders). Half-days are available for the older two groups and are often preferred by the tween set, as they allow kids to break loose on the slopes with friends in the afternoon. Ski school prices start at $59 for a half-day, with reduced rates for groups; rooms for four start at $216.
Setting: Grand Summit, at the base of Mount Snow, is convenient (walk out the door and there’s the chairlift) and unintimidating (nearly three-quarters of Mount Snow’s trails are of moderate difficulty).
For the Whole Family: The resort has three Kids Ski and Learn Free weeks (January 17–22, February 28–March 5, March 7–12), in which fees for kids’ lift passes and lessons are waived. A family of four will pay a very competitive $900 for three nights, $1,174 for four nights, and $1,460 for five nights.