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10 Best Wyoming Ski Resorts for Your Big Family – Plus Comparison Chart and Where Kids Ski Free

    While famed resorts like Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee attract serious skiers with their world-class terrain, Wyoming also boasts many of the country’s most family-friendly resorts as well. Rustic cowboy towns, wide open spaces, and stunning landscapes make “the Land of the Shining Mountains” the perfect destination for a family ski vacation. Here are some of Wyoming’s best ski resorts for big families looking to make the memories of a lifetime. 

    Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area, Shelly, Wyoming

    Located right along the Wyoming-Montana border in the northernmost section of the state, Antelope Butte offers something for every level of skier or snowboarder. With names like “Ho Ho Ha,” “Enchanted Forest,” and “Happy Trails” gracing its beginner trails, Antelope Butte adds a little fun to its novice runs. For the more experienced skiers, 14 of the area’s 30 trails earn black diamond honors. Antelope Butte’s mission – “to provide affordable and accessible year-round mountain recreation, training, and educational opportunities, with a focus on youth and beginners,” makes it a perfect family winter destination. The ski area also has terrain for Snowboarding, Telemark Skiing, Backcountry Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Winter Fat Tire Biking, Snowshoeing, and a variety of winter youth programs. Kids five years old and under ski for free at Antelope Butte. 

    Antelope Butte Details for Families

    • Stats: 28 runs, 250 skiable acres, and 1000’ vertical drop
    • Terrain Overview: 25% beginner, 36% intermediate, 39% expert
    • Average Snowfall: 200″
    • Lifts: 3
    • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
    • Lessons and Ski School: Private, Group (ages 7+)
    • Kids Ski Free: Kids under 5 ski free

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      Grand Targhee Ski Resort, February 2021

      Grand Targhee Resort, Alta, Wyoming

      Grand Targhee’s Mini Moose courses for toddlers, along with their Powder Scouts programs for teens, attract big families hoping to get everyone on the slopes. Also, children 12 and under ski free when staying at the resort for three or more nights. That can add up to huge savings for large groups, as well. For the little ones, Grand Targhee’s perfectly pitched ski terrain and wide-open bowls make it a great place to get started. Gorgeous views of the Grand Tetons from the summit of Fred’s Mountain bring skiers back to Grand Targhee year in and year out. In total, the ski area boasts over 2,600 skiable acres across two terrain parks with 98 named trails (18 of which carry an easy rating), serviced by six lifts. An average of 500 inches of snow each season keeps most trails open from beginning to end. Grand Targhee’s location 45 miles northwest of Jackson Hole, near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, also makes it a perfect family winter vacation destination. 

      Grand Targhee Details for Families

      • Stats: 98 runs, 2600 skiable acres, and 2270’ vertical drop
      • Terrain Overview: 20% beginner, 40% intermediate, 30% advanced, 10% expert
      • Average Snowfall: 500″
      • Lifts: 5 – 2 high-speed quads, 2 quads, 1 surface lift
      • Kids Club and Day Care: Available for children ages 2 months to 5 years
      • Lessons and Ski School: Adult, Private, Child (ages 3-5, 6-12, 13+)
      • Kids Ski Free: Kids under 5 ski free

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      Hogadon Basin, Casper, Wyoming

      Just outside of Casper, Wyoming, and situated atop a mountain with the same name, the small-scale Hogadon Basin ski area features reasonable rates, lots of kid-friendly activities, and easy-to-get-to convenience. The resort’s Miners, Explorers, and Free-Ride learning programs offer lessons for kids ages three to 16 years old. The intimate ski area has 28 total runs (two beginners, eight intermediate, 11 advanced, and seven expert). Hogadon basin attracts mostly locals, but its location makes it a good stop for families visiting Casper, as well. 

      Hogadon Basin Details for Families

      • Stats: 28 runs, 92 skiable acres, and 640’ vertical drop
      • Terrain Overview: 7% beginner, 29% intermediate, 39% advanced, 25% expert
      • Average Snowfall: 138″
      • Lifts: 2 – 1 double chair, 1 surface lift
      • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
      • Lessons and Ski School: Private, Semi-private, Child (ages 3-5, 6-18)
      • Kids Ski Free: Kids under 5 ski free

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        Rendezvous Mountain

        Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Village, Wyoming

        One of the nation’s most popular ski resorts, Jackson Hole, draws families for its wide array of challenging, intermediate, and beginner runs. The Jackson Hole ski area boasts 2,500 acres of ski terrain and 131 runs, 36 of which fall into the novice or semi-novice category. Along with skiing and riding, other family-favorite activities include ice skating, snowmobiling, and dog sledding. The nearby National Elk Refuge features horse-drawn sleigh rides that let guests get an up close and personal look at an elk herd numbering in the thousands. At the base of the nearby Snow King Mountain, a rope tow gets kids (and maybe a few moms and dads) up to the top of the well-groomed King Tubes tubing hill. When it’s time to warm up a bit, the interactive, hands-on exhibits at the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum teach kids about the town of Jackson and the history of the Wild West. For a thrill ride sans skies, the Snow King Cowboy Coaster offers breathtaking views of the Teton Range from 450 feet up the mountain. Between its own Teton Village located at the mountain’s base, and the nearby town of Jackson, there’s more than enough shopping to satisfy even the most discerning family member.   

        Jackson Hole Details for Families

        • Stats: 131 runs, 2500 skiable acres, and 4139’ vertical drop
        • Terrain Overview: 4% beginner, 41% intermediate, 38% advanced, 17% expert
        • Average Snowfall: 460″
        • Lifts: 16 – 3 gondolas & trams, 5 high-speed quads, 4 quad chairs, 1 double chair, 3 surface lifts
        • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
        • Lessons and Ski School: Adult, Private, Child (3-4, 5-7, 8-14)
        • Kids Ski Free: kids 4 and under ski free

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        • Part of Ikon Pass
        • Part of Mountain Collective

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        Meadowlark Ski Resort, Ten Sleep, Wyoming

        Tucked away in northern Montana’s Bighorn Range, the secluded Meadowlark Resort draws skies seeking a laid-back, down-to-earth experience. Surrounded by untamed wilderness, guests at the Meadowlark Ski Lodge enjoy modern comfort and convenience in a pristine mountain setting. Reasonable lift ticket prices, friendly local ski instructors, and beautiful views of Meadowlark Lake and the surrounding Bighorn Mountains earned the Meadowlark ski area the name “Wyoming’s hidden gem.” Overall, the ski area has just 14 runs, two lifts, and 300 acres of skiable terrain. Meadowlark’s small size and remote location make it the perfect ski destination for families looking to reconnect and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  

        Meadowlark Details for Families

        • Stats: 14 runs, 300 skiable acres, and 1000’ vertical drop
        • Terrain Overview: 30% beginner, 30% intermediate, 20% advanced
        • Average Snowfall: 300″
        • Lifts: 2 – 1 triple, 1 double
        • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
        • Lessons and Ski School: None available
        • Kids Ski Free: Kids 5 and under ski free with adult purchase

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        Pine Creek Resort, Cokeville, Wyoming

        The 640-acre Pine Creek Resort promises “skiing the way it used to be.” Families, who ski often, come to Pine Creek for its minimal crowds, affordable lift tickets, and unpretentious atmosphere. Pine Creek has 32 named trails – nine beginners, nine intermediate, and 12 expert – in all. The Pine Creek Resort is located in the southwest area of Wyoming, just outside of Cokeville, near the borders of Idaho and Utah. 

        Pine Creek Details for Families

        • Stats: 32 runs, x skiable acres, and 1450’ vertical drop
        • Terrain Overview: 25% beginner, 44% intermediate, 31% advanced
        • Average Snowfall: 350″
        • Lifts: 1
        • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
        • Lessons and Ski School: Private lessons and 5-week learn-to-ski programs
        • Kids Ski Free: Kids 5 and under ski free with paying adult

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          The Sleeping Giant Ski Area, Cody, Wyoming

          The family-owned Sleeping Giant ski area boasts big resort amenities with a decidedly family-friendly vibe. Nestled in Wyoming’s Absaroka Mountains, along the Shoshone River, the resort also attracts families for its reasonably priced lift tickets and variety of kid’s learning programs for both skiing and snowboarding. Its location adjacent to the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park makes the Sleeping Giant Resort perfect for some off-mountain adventure, as well. Along with 48 trails spread out over 184 acres, the resort also reserves terrain for Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, and tubing.  

          Sleeping Giant Details for Families

          • Stats: 48 runs, 184 skiable acres, and 810’ vertical drop
          • Terrain Overview: 15% beginner, 38% intermediate, 35% advanced, 13% expert
          • Average Snowfall: 310″
          • Lifts: 3 – 1 triple, 1 double, 1 surface lift
          • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
          • Lessons and Ski School: Adult, Private, Semi-private, Child (ages 6-14)
          • Kids Ski Free: Kids 5 and under ski free

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          Snow King Mountain, Jackson, Wyoming

          Just outside of Jackson, Wyoming, not far from the Jackson Hole Ski Resort, the full-service Snow King Mountain resort offers the perfect mix of world-class skiing and big-town amenities. Snowbird’s ski school starts lessons for children as young as four years old. The resort also has a large tubing park, cross-country skiing, and available snowmobile rentals. Snow King Mountain’s gondola features breathtaking views of the Grand Tetons, the National Elk Refuge, and the town of Jackson. Parents love Snow King Mountain for its ample beginner terrain and affordable lift tickets. In all, the resort’s 400 acres of skiable terrain has 34 runs, one double chair, one triple chair, a quad chair, and one magic carpet ride. 

          Snow King Details for Families

          • Stats: 34 runs, 400 skiable acres, and 1571’ vertical drop
          • Terrain Overview: 18% beginner, 24% intermediate, 41% advanced, 18% expert
          • Average Snowfall: 300″
          • Lifts: 4 – 1 gondolas & trams, 1 quad, 1 triple, 1 double
          • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
          • Lessons and Ski School: Adult, Private, Child (ages 6+)
          • Kids Ski Free: Kids 5 and under ski free

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          Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area, Centennial, Wyoming

          The Snowy Range Ski and Recreation area attracts lots of locals as well as family vacationers. Its proximity to the University of Wyoming often means busy weekends and holidays. But, during most weekdays, the resort remains pleasantly uncrowded. Fun for the kids, as well as newer skiers, the beginner-rated Centennial trail runs from the mountain’s summit all the way to the base lodge. Located in Wyoming’s scenic Medicine Bow National Forest, the Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area receives an average of 250 inches of snow each year. Getting to the resort from Laramie, Wyoming, takes approximately 45 minutes by car. 

          Snowy Range Details for Families

          • Stats: 33 runs, 75 skiable acres, and 990’ vertical drop
          • Terrain Overview: % beginner, % intermediate, % advanced, % expert
          • Average Snowfall: 250″
          • Lifts: 5 – 1 triple, 3 doubles, 1 surface lift
          • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
          • Lessons and Ski School: Adult, Teen (13-17), Child (ages 5-12)
          • Kids Ski Free: Kids 4 and under ski free

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          White Pine Ski Area, Pinedale, Wyoming

          Located In Pinedale, Wyoming, White Pine Ski Area features 27 trails – eight beginners, nine intermediate, and 12 advanced – terrain for Nordic skiing, and an ample-sized tubing hill. Two lifts service the downhill runs while a magic carpet takes riders up the tubing hill. White Pine also has a small terrain park with a variety of jumps and slides. The resort’s Snowsports School offers a range of learning options for every skill level, age, and riding preference.  Of special note, for the coming season, the White Pine ski area’s operating hours will be Friday thru Monday, from 9 am to 4 pm. 

          White Pine Details for Families

          • Stats: 29 runs, 370 skiable acres, and 1100’ vertical drop
          • Terrain Overview: 28% beginner, 31% intermediate, 41% advanced
          • Average Snowfall: 150″
          • Lifts: 2 – 2 triples
          • Kids Club and Day Care: None available
          • Lessons and Ski School: Private, Child (ages 4-5, 6+)
          • Kids Ski Free: Kids 5 and under – $6

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          Wyoming Ski Resort Comparison for Big Families

          Ski AreaSki LessonsDaycareKids Ski Free22-23 Adult Price*
          Antelope ButteYesNo5 and under$54
          Grand TargheeYesYes5 and under$120-135
          Hogadon BasinYesNo5 and under$55
          Jackson HoleYesNo4 and under$195-225
          MeadowlarkNoNo5 and under w/ adult$62
          Pine CreekYesNo5 and under w/ adult$55
          Sleeping GiantYesNo5 and under$59
          Snow KingYesNo5 and under$75
          Snowy RangeYesNo4 and under$49-64
          White PineYesNo5 and under – $6$50-60
          *prices fluctuate depending on the day, purchased online vs in-person, other discounts
          Theresa Jorgensen

          Theresa Jorgensen

          Theresa Jorgensen is a mother to four children including twins. She recognized the necessity for a comprehensive resource of hotels that cater to big families with rooms and suites for 5, 6, 7, or 8 people in a single room while traveling with her own family. In 2008, she established SixSuitcaseTravel to compile a database of such hotels. Over time, the website has grown to include travel advice, itineraries, road trip suggestions, national park guides, and more. Theresa takes pleasure in assisting other big families in creating unforgettable travel experiences.