12/29/2010 04:48 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Best Family Ski Resorts In North America (PHOTOS)

There's a certain magic known only to those who spend time out on the slopes, found in those glorious moments of carving out solitary paths through a snow-clad winter wonderland - it's only natural to want to pass that enchantment on to the brood.

Of course, the littlest ski legs have some way to go before they'll be shredding black-diamond trails - that's why's editors have rounded up these 10 family ski resorts, right here in North America. Spread out from the Northeast to the Rockies and up past the Canadian border, these family ski-friendly mountain playgrounds offer not only superior kid-geared instruction and picturesque beginner's terrain, but snow-centric and off-slope activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Text and captions courtesy of, adapted from "Top 10 Family Ski Resorts."