Tremblant offers excellent ski instruction for children between the ages of 3 and 15. Its Mother Nature Camp day care for those 1 year and up gives parents time to ski. Tremblant Snow School keeps its numbers to no more than 7 children in a group to maximize ski learning. Ski lessons start at age 3. Kids 7 and up can learn snowboarding.

Special for Kids: Bizztrado, a hangout with access to a billiard room, Nintendo, and tech games.

Accommodations and info: You'll find a range of condos and hotels, homes and chalets, and ski-in/ski-out lodging in the heart of vibrant Pedestrian Village. Anywhere you stay, you are just steps away from the slopes, the Aquaclub La Source, mini-golf, shops, day care, restaurants, ­cafes, the lake, and more. Many families return year after year for the kid-friendly activities, such as clowns, street musicians, face-painting artists, and special events. (888) 215-5322,
American flies to Montreal, which is a 1.5- hour drive away.

Park City is spread over 3,300 acres with 7 peaks, 8 bowls, and 100 trails. Its Kids Mountain School offers classes according to age and level. The school's instructors plan a day's worth of activities that blend instruction, fun, and downtime. If parents prefer to spend more time with the kids, "Mom, Dad and the Kids Private Lessons" is a perfect choice - 2-hour lessons with a pro who will help parents teach their kids to ski. The Canyons gets high marks as one of the most family-friendly resorts in Park City. While it didn't host any Olympic Events in 2002, exploring the rolling terrain of this multi-peaked mountain is an Olympian challenge, while offering plenty of trails for every skiing ability.

Special for kids: Nearby Utah Olympic Park offers the chance for older kids and adults to test their bobsled skills.