Special for kids: Adventure Club offers a Kids Night Out for ages 5 to 12 Tuesday through Friday evenings with a supervised camplike environment that includes snacks, games, and movies.

Accommodations and info: The Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and the Sheraton Steamboat Springs Resort, both on the mountain, are the most convenient lodging choices. (800) 922-2722, www.steamboat.com.
American flies to Steamboat Springs daily.

Northstar has Minors' Camp, which combines ski instruction and child care for ages 2 (potty trained only, please) to 6; Ski Cub, which kicks in for 3- to 6-year-olds; and Starkids is skiing and snowboarding for 6- to 12-year-olds. Yes, Mom and Dad get some free time to ski on their own, but for parents who want to watch their little ones there is "Mommy, Daddy & Me," a free program that offers tips for teaching kids to ski. A new family terrain park, where adults can try some man-made terrain features, brings everyone together for snow fun. A "parent predicament" lift ticket saves money by allowing a couple with a young child to buy and share one lift ticket and take turns babysitting.

Special for Kids: Paw Parks, six terrain parks built just for kids, feature mini jumps, rolling bumps, bank turns, and areas for snow play, all of which are ski-patrol monitored and zoned "slow skiing" for safety. Rent snow toys such as bikes and snow scooters, or tube down the mountain on a tubing hill.

Accommodations and info: Hotel rooms, condominiums, and house rentals are available. (800) 466-6784, www.north starattahoe.com.
American flies to Reno, which is a 40- minute drive away.