Smugglers’ Notch, USA

Good for full-on family culture, with everything designed for families from the start.

Although nearly all U.S. resorts have a reputation above and beyond ski areas elsewhere in the world for the quality of their childcare and teaching programs, Smugglers' Notch, or “Smuggs” as it endearingly goes by, has managed to elevate that already high industry norm to the next level.

Smuggs simply is the destination for family ski holidays, with every aspect of that ski trip covered, including all those things you don’t realize will be an issue that still crop up after meticulous planning for your perfect family ski getaway—the family-friendly restaurant opening at the wrong times, or no child-sized rental gear in the local shop. Children as young as two-and-a-half and still in diapers can learn to ski here, aged three for snowboarding, one of the youngest ages offered for boarding tuition.