The best family ski resorts of 2020 revealed

Every year the team at Ski & Snowboard with Kids consults its readers along with a panel of experts (aka ski gurus) to determine the best family-family ski resorts around the world. 

For each popular snow region – Australia, New Zealand, Japan, USA, Canada and Europe – the judges nominated their top picks across six categories: best for beginners, best for advanced families, best for all-round family activities, best village location and atmosphere, best freestyle resort, and best snow hotel. Loyal readers also had their say by voting for their favourite resorts in the Reader’ Choice category. 

The votes were then compiled to determine the winners of the Best Family Ski Resorts Awards 2020, published in the Ski & Snowboard with Kids annual magazine. Here’s what came out on top for each region: 

World’s Best Family Ski Resorts 2020


1. Thredbo, New South Wales

2. Mt Buller, Victoria

3. Falls Creek, Victoria

4. Hotham, Victoria

5. Perisher, New South Wales

Snowboarder Torah Bright with young fan at Thredbo © Thredbo

New Zealand

1. Cardrona Alpine Resort, South Island

2. Treble Cone, South Island

3. The Remarkables, South Island

=4. Mt Ruapehu, North Island

=4. Coronet Peak, South Island

Kids lesson © Cardrona Alpine Resort


1. Rusutsu, Hokkaido

2. Niseko United, Hokkaido

3. Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU, Hokkaido

=4. Sahoro, Hokkaido

=4. Nozawa Onsen, Honshu

=4. Kiroro, Hokkaido

Best Snow Resorts 2020
Crayon Shinchan tree run © Rusutsu


1. Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

=2. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

=2. Telluride, Colorado

=3. Park City, Utah

=3. Steamboat, Colorado

Best Snow Resorts 2020
Maroon Bells near Aspen © Aspen Snowmass


1. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

2. Sun Peaks, British Columbia

3. SilverStar, British Columbia

4. Big White, British Columbia

5. Revelstoke, British Columbia

=6. Lake Louise, Alberta

=6. Kicking Horse, British Columbia

=6. Red Mountain, British Columbia

Best Snow Resorts 2020
Winter wonderland in Whistler Village © Whistler/Mike Crane


1. Val d’Isère, France

2. Courchevel, France

=3. Zermatt, Switzerland

=3. St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria

=3. Val Thorens, France

=3. LAAX, Switzerland

Best Snow Resorts 2020
Mountains at Val d’Isère © Val d’Isère

See the expert picks for each category and find out more about the judging panel here.

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