This Canadian getaway just may be the best place in North America to introduce your tot to snow sports. The “Mom/Dad & Me” program pairs a parent and child (ages 3 to 6) in a lesson that teaches kids skiing—and teaches parents how to instruct their kids on the slopes. It’s great for youngsters who balk at the idea of being left alone with strangers. And it helps adults take a supportive role in their child’s ski development.

Big White also offers ways for families to re-create cherished holiday rituals while away from home. A Christmas Tree and Decorations package provides an artificial tree, lights, ornaments and tree skirt—everything you need to install a cheery tree in your Big White accommodation—for $249. The Full Christmas Package (starting at $369) includes stockings and a basket of baked goods that kids can offer as snacks for Santa while he delivers their presents.

Activities at Happy Valley round out the fun. Morning waffles (at 10 a.m.) start off each day on a celebratory note. Carolers gather ‘round an evening bonfire and invite guests to join them in song, while hot cocoa keeps everyone cozy. A Christmas Eve torchlight extravaganza features fireworks and a parade of holiday floats (resort employees dress up as elves and angels and Santa cruises through on a sleigh). And Big White rings in the New Year for all ages: an 8 p.m. fireworks display lets kids turn in early, while the midnight show appeals to grownup revelers. Click here for more information.