If embracing the elements and staying active is part of your family’s agenda this winter, then it’s time to get the most out of the cold weather months. What about a long weekend filled with skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and (of course) getting toasty by a warm fire? Check out our picks for a winter getaway that’s perfect for the whole family, no matter their age — what a great way to celebrate the new year ahead!

The Trapp Family Lodge


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Name sound familiar? Yes, the Von Trapp family (of Sound of Music fame) settled in Stowe, Vermont after leaving Europe, and family members run the lodge till this day. The historic four season resort really shines in winter with plenty of activities ranging from skiing, snowshoeing and sleigh rides to indoor activities like swimming, ping pong and movie nights in their gorgeous lodge.

Northstar California Resort


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In addition to world-class slopes, Northstar California in Lake Tahoe offers incredible activities like ice skating, bungee trampolining, moonlight star tours, yoga, pottery and “build your own” s’mores kits. Truly something for everyone in the family!

Taos Ski Valley


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Known for an excellent ski school (perfect for beginners just starting out) and children’s center activities, the Taos, New Mexico area embraces its Spanish Colonial and Native American history. The Bavarian Ski Lodge & Restaurant is a consistent favorite amongst families, as it’s centrally located and offers spacious accommodations.

Big Sky Resort

Big Sky, Montana, the home of Big Sky Resort, truly lives up to its name – everywhere you look, the views are stunning. Offering guided tours, skiing lessons, a kids’ club (offering fun activities daily), wellness studio and spa, there is much to do, as well as in the surrounding area — save time for a visit to nearby Yellowstone National Park!