Best Colorado winter family experiences


I can’t be everywhere to discover new things to do with my kids, no matter how much I wish I could. I’ve asked a few friends to jump in with what they love to do in their cities. Sarah from is sharing the best Colorado winter experience for families this year. 

Skiing is a family sport. From the age of 3 to 83, the whole family can enjoy a day on the slopes. Being outdoors and active is healthy, and most importantly a lot of fun for everyone.

If you’re planning a Colorado family ski vacation, it’s a good idea to plan for a mix of ski-school, family ski days and non-ski days. This keeps it interesting for everyone and gives you some wiggle room to account for the changing mountain weather.

Ski resorts around Colorado are introducing ways to make your family ski vacation easier and more fun. And if you’re looking for something to keep your brood busy after the lifts close, ski areas across Colorado have plenty of new activities for your family to enjoy.

Check out these fun, new experiences for the upcoming 2014/2015 ski season.


Keystone’s Kidtopia

Opened a few years ago, this kid-friendly experience at Keystone mountain just keeps getting better and better. Located at the top of the main River Run gondola, free with a lift or gondola ticket, the Ice Castle is the center of Kidtopia. Kids can climb on the walls, slide down ice slides and sit on an oversized ice throne. Live music, arts and crafts and more free activities are planned all season as part of the Kidtopia experience.

Frisco Adventure Park

This charming Colorado town, largely ignored as an in-between point between Keystone and Breckenridge, has quietly been carving out its unique personality and popularity. Kids love the Frisco Adventure Park, featuring 1,200-foot lanes for inner tubes with lift service back up the hill. Priced from $25 per hour per person, this is a great activity if you’re taking the day off from skiing.

Frisco is also the perfect home base if you plan on skiing at a number of hills during your Colorado ski vacation. Here you’re only minutes away from Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and Breckenridge.


Aspen’s New Children’s Center

The Hideout Children’s Center, a new multimillion-dollar children’s center, is located at the base of Buttermilk at the Aspen-Snowmass ski resort. This new facility offers massively improved drop-off/pick-up access for ski school. Especially for young children who are not yet skiing, this new area offers an impressive childcare center. Be sure to watch for Phase 2, which includes a new rental center and more.

Copper Mountain’s Sherpa App

Sherpa is a smartphone app and game, providing on-mountain audio intelligence like nothing you’ve ever seen at a ski hill. Sherpa tells you what you’re near, where to go and what to do when you get there.  Tapping into the knowledge of lifelong employees, ski patrol and local experts, this app is a great way to plan your runs for the day based on the makeup of your group. You’ll find insider information on the best runs for kids of all abilities, which makes this a must-have for families with older children with intermediate ability.

Telluride Town Gondola

And for extra credit (an oldie but a goodie) the over-mountain free Gondola between Telluride town and Mountain Village is always a hit with kiddos.

Where is your family headed this winter?


Denver-based travel blogger Sarah Fazendin has spent her entire career in luxury travel, adventuring in style across 30+ countries. These days, Sarah keeps busy juggling a career, a couple of kids, and a head-spinning daily schedule. But she still makes time for travel. On her travel blog, A Week at the Beach, Sarah’s mission is to inspire busy Moms everywhere to make more time for travel.    


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  • Colleen Lanin

    Oh my. My family is WAY overdue for a skiing vacation! I need to be sure to plan one for next year…!

  • Wandering Educators

    What a lovely place Colorado is – I’m always stunned by the photos!

  • Corinne

    Beautiful! Getting the kids up on skis this year FOR SURE!

  • Allison

    We visited Keystone a few years ago and it is delightful. We are hoping to enjoy a few ski days in Utah this year!

  • Eileen @ FamiliesGO!

    We were in Steamboat for Thanksgiving and my daughter got to ski, though not my hubby. The ski school seems really great. I wish we could have taken more advantage of it, but it was a visiting trip, not a full-on vacation trip…

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