Build Kids’ Skills on These 6 Fun Runs
We all need to start somewhere to hone our skills on the slopes. And we know you’re always looking to create that ear-to-ear grin from the kids on vacation. Our resorts are built with kids in mind. From dragon-themed runs at Breckenridge to a whole area of the mountain designed for kids at Keystone, you’ll find beginner-friendly runs at all of our iconic ski resorts – perfect for the days on the slopes they’ll never forget. Here are a few of our favorites, and if you’re ready to ski these runs, book your vacation!
PORCUPINE ALLEYVail, Colorado
Named for the posse of porcupines that live on the mountain, this green run has a unique ski-through A-frame up top that gives way to wide-open slopes among the trees. Keep an eye out for the porcupine sculptures for reference points and the “SKE-Cology” signs to learn more about local wildlife.
SKID TRAILNorthstar, California
Before graduating to the blue runs, kids can hone their skills on a green run such as Skid Trail, which offers slow skiing zones ideal for beginners. Take them up the Vista Express chairlift and take in amazing views of Lake Tahoe and surrounding mountains.
DRAGON TRAILBreckenridge, Colorado
This themed green run at the bottom of Peak 8 is must-ski for kids of all ages. Beginners can cruise over the moat at Ski-a-Lot Castle—watch out for the dragons!—then duck into the Dragon’s Lair to warm up with a cup of cocoa before exploring more easy-going terrain nearby.
LITTLE BRAVEBeaver Creek, Colorado
There are so many great beginner trails all over Beaver Creek, including at the top of the mountain where the snow is best. Take the Strawberry Park Express lift and follow the green runs all the way down to Little Brave, which carries you directly into Arrowhead Village. And while you’re on the slopes, stop by the Candy Cabin…yes, we have an on-mountain cabin dedicated to filling up on sweets!
SCHOOL YARDKeystone, Colorado
Ripperroo, the dog who loves to ski, is Keystone’s mascot. You and the kids are invited to catch up with him at School Yard, a ski trail designed for families. Located on Keystone’s famed Schoolmarm, this green run features kid-friendly bumps and varied terrain.
SILVER SPOONKeystone, Colorado
Whether your kids prefer “pizza” or “French fries” stance on their skis or the “falling leaf” mentality on their snowboard, Silver Spoon is an ideal place to learn the basics and get more comfortable with their equipment. It’s wide open and relatively flat, but still challenges beginners to pick up speed and get comfortable making sharper turns. And if the daytime hours aren’t enough, Silver Spoon is also open for night skiing.