Sun Valley, ID
Sun Valley is a great family ski destination because it's also a great place to raise a family. "It's a strong year-round community," says pro skier Zach Crist, who grew up in Sun Valley and is now raising his own children there. It's relatively hotel-free, but condo living makes you feel more like a local, anyway. As for the skiing, Crist says, a consistent fall line makes the mountain perfect for developing beautiful ski turns, compared with places like Whistler and Vail, with their ever-present flat spells.
Best For: The family trip.