Forbes Magazine recently announced their list of the 10 Best Ski Resorts for Families in the continental USA No doubt there's an arsenal of mountains to choose from during the season where those seeking exceptional snow, great adventure and gnarly terrain. But parents out there know there's special considerations when the pack's in tow.

So what makes a ski resort "family friendly?" Here's Forbes' guidelines:

"The best offer excellent group and private instruction geared towards children of all ages, plus dedicated teaching areas on the slopes. Many have free or discounted lift tickets, equipment rentals, and even lessons for children. For non-skiing members of the family, they should have day care or supervised kid's camps with a variety of activities.

Ski resorts and towns can also be family friendly off the slopes. There should be a variety of family entertainment options for evenings, nights, and non-ski days. While posh boutiques and glamorous cocktail hours attract many to resorts like Aspen, these are not nearly as big selling points for families as having a mountain coaster or zip lines. There should be a wide variety of reasonably priced family restaurants, and ideally, lodging that caters to families, like condos with multiple bedrooms and a kitchen for eating breakfast in, a touch many families appreciate."

So now what you've been waiting for. Drum roll please...

Forbes 10 Best Ski Resorts for Families:

Beaver Creek, CO
Attractions:Village Skating Rink, Sleigh Rides, Kids Gondola

Crested Butte, CO
Attractions: Adventure Park, Nursery, Kids Night Out

Deer Valley, UT
Attractions: Ski-Only Mountain, Ski-In/Out Hotels, Fireside Dining

Northstar-at-Tahoe, CA
Attractions: Pedestrian Village, Parent Predicament Ticket, Star Park Terrain Park

Okemo, VT
Attractions: Family-Owned, Slopeside Lodging, Mountain Coaster, Young Adult Discounts

Mt. Tremblant, Quebec
Attractions: Free Skating and Tubing, Mother Nature Camp, Indoor Water Park

Snowmass, CO
Attractions: Buttermilk/Panda Peak Learning Areas, Treehouse Complex, Family-Friendly Condos 

Steamboat, CO
Attractions: Kids' Vacation and Children's Center, Mountain Watch (GPS), Steamboat Springs

Vail, CO
Attractions: Legendary Ski School, Adventure Ridge, Movie Theater, "Kids Fly Free" Airfare Deals

Stowe, VT
Attractions: Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Chillax Kids Spa, Pet-Friendly Hotel

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