American flies to Hartford, Albany, and Montreal, which are 1.5 to 4 hours away.

With its 2 spectacular mountains that together cover 8,171 acres of skiable terrain, Whistler Blackcomb, 70 miles from Van­couver, is one of North America's most popular family ski areas. And this season, you'll find 1,200 new acres for exploring. A licensed child-care staff for children 3 months to 3 years gives parents the freedom to ski all day.

Special for kids: The full-day Adventure Camp is $98, and offers weekly themes and activities.

Accommodations and info: Whistler offers a number of lodging options. Many hotels like Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort and Blackcomb Lodge & Spa are situated in Whistler Village, where all of the activity takes place. For out-of-the-way lodging, there's Club Intrawest, with a water slide, arcade, and movie room for children. (866) 218-9690,
American flies to Vancouver twice daily from Dallas/Fort Worth.

Nestled 7,000 feet up in the Colorado Rockies, Steamboat Ski and Resort has western themes, hayrides, and spectacular Rocky Mountain vistas. Boasting one of North America's largest ski mountains, with 143 trails, 3,668 vertical feet, and nearly 3,000 skiable acres, its 6 peaks are filled with world-class groomed cruisers, bumps, steeps, free skiing, and mav­ericks. Superpipe Steamboat Ski & Resort also wins in the budget department with children under 12 skiing free when a parent buys a 5-day ski pass. A full range of ski programs is geared to different ages. More advanced young skiers can access the entire mountain, including kids-only terrain at Rough Rider Basin, which has its own lift, plus Indian tepees, a frontier-style fort, and the Beehive - a kids' terrain park. Special rates are available for those who do not participate in Kids Ski Free rental programs. Children ages 5 to 7 may go tubing, and the older kids have a plethora of activities to choose from.