Finding a ski resort that appeals to everyone can oftentimes be difficult. The choices are much simpler when everyone in the group is at a similar skill level, but there are a good number of resorts that have something for everyone — from bunny hills to the steep and deep and everything in between.
The resorts on this list have centrally located meet-up spots so that people can go skiing/riding on runs that match their ability levels and still be able to meet up with others in their group for lunch or some après–ski beverages.
Heavenly – South Lake Tahoe, CA
Heavenly is a ski area that will provide a complete ski vacation for anyone interested. It straddles two states, allowing you to ski between California and Nevada whenever you want. There are ample rolling hills that give beginners and intermediates plenty of room to push themselves further in relative comfort. Experts can try their skills at Mott and Killebrew Canyons, where the snow stays deep and the terrain is steep. The gondola enables easy access from town, where there are ample entertainment options.
Breck is one of the most underrated experiences for any mountain resort, anywhere. It’s often overshadowed by Vail but that doesn’t bother many of the locals since it means less tourists crowding up their hill. The tourists that do visit this Old Western-style mining town will be delighted to find trails that suit all abilities. With one of the best terrain parks in the U.S., you can progress your freestyle skills while your newb siblings/friends are just taking it easy in the greens at the base of Peaks 8 and 9.
Mont Tremblant, QC
This gem in Eastern Canada is an excellent destination for East-Coasters looking for a quick escape. It has a purpose-built village that will keep even non-skiers entertained. For those who do wish to brave the slopes, you’ll find all but the most insane runs, as well as plenty of wide runs to keep beginners entertained before everyone rendezvous at Place St. Bernard on the South Side. One disclaimer: It can get very cold and icy (as with all other East Coast resorts), so beginners take caution.
Close to Salt Lake City up Little Cottonwood Canyon, “The Bird” is one of those places that every skier and boarder should see more than once, because the more you improve, the more you will enjoy it. Even the pros are challenged each year during the Big-Mountain freeskiing competitions, and don’t get us started on Mount Baldy on the backside. But say you’re with some newbs? Head to Baby Thunder lift, where your friends can play on the bunny hills while you enjoy the largely ignored blacks like Tiny Tiger. Sometimes, the snowfall is best on that side of the mountain so while everyone else is crusting it up in Mineral Basin, you’ll be on fresh tracks near Creekside.
Whistler is known for the steep chutes, pillow lines, cliff drops, and the world-famous Olympic downhill run. What many people don’t know is that it also has some of the longest green and blue runs anywhere. So while the young’ins are in ski school, the cool kids can be ripping up the terrain park or heading to the peak. And Mom and Pop can cruise happily along the corduroy, with everyone meeting up conveniently at lunch. At night the village comes alive with plenty of entertainment, leaving Whistler as one of the best resorts on the planet.