Maybe you\u2019re new to the sport, or perhaps you want to up your game this season. Maybe this is the year that you finally put the kids in Ski School, freeing up your own mountain-bound days for endless stoked-out laps. No matter the reason, when it comes to family-friendly destinations and what Ski Schools or mountains to choose, the question is almost always the same: \u201cwhere do we start?\u201d Well, here are the biggest things to know about beginners\u2019 terrain and Ski Schools. First, across every destination available on the Ikon Pass, there\u2019s always going to be a section of terrain devoted to progressing you and your family\u2019s skills. Similarly, there will always be a ski school where guests can learn the ins and outs of the ups and downs. In fact, of the over 45 Ikon Pass destinations to explore, each mountain is there to helpfully usher you into the lifelong fun of snow sports. So, when you begin skiing \u2013 or when you're ready to introduce your family to the joys of sliding on snow \u2013 it\u2019s not always going to be about comparing ski resorts. Instead, your closest Ikon Pass destination is likely the best place to start your journey. Before visiting, make sure to tour each destination website and get a feel for the programs that they offer. That way, you\u2019ll know what to expect once the car is unloaded and the helmets are on. Below, cruise through some ski school highlights at select family-friendly Ikon Pass destinations. DEER VALLEY RESORT, UT A ski-only destination, Utah\u2019s Deer Valley is the perfect combination of lux and lax. Meaning that your family ski vacation can indulge in the finest amenities and service while relaxing into the sport. Consistently ranked #1 in guest services by the readers of SKI Magazine, Deer Valley always makes your experience their utmost priority. When it comes to learning the ropes, this means that you can get personalized attention at Deer Valley Ski School\u2019s specialty programs. As a part of Deer Valley\u2019s Gold Standard of Instruction, your crew will receive instruction on proper stance, balance, and alignment analysis, all while you get a sense for the snow. For the next step, Deer Valley\u2019s three-day Steeps & Stashes program pushes intermediate, advanced, and expert skiers on off-trail terrain. Another option is either the Exclusively for Men or Exclusively for Women programs, each designed to stoke skiing camaraderie among men and women with similar abilities. Bous Points: adults can ski with former Olympians at the exclusive three- or five-day Mahre Training Center Ski Camps. Learn about the many lessons offered at Deer Valley. The stoke is high at Deer Valley. STEAMBOAT, CO Steamboat Resort is the gold standard of a classic ski town. Located in rugged northwest Colorado, it just so happens that Steamboat is the quintessential family town. With over 165 trails, this mountain offers 14% beginner, 42% intermediate, and 44% advanced terrain, giving all adventure seekers room to roam. And when you want the best in ski or snowboard lessons, look to the instructors who hail from Ski Town, U.S.A.\u00ae From kids camps to private lessons, build confidence with state-of-the-art instruction while being guided around the mountain, teaching you the skills to improve your skiing or riding. Learn more about Steamboat Ski Schools. WINTER PARK, COLORADO With its proximity to Denver and excellent lesson offerings, Winter Park is a popular spot for Coloradoans to get their skiing and snowboarding bearings. Multi-week kids\u2019 programs have progressive group instruction, always with the same coach. This continuity makes for nothing less than stellar mini shredders. Additionally, Winter Park\u2019s Ski & Ride School also offers specialty clinics \u2014 such as Bump Jamboree, Bob\u2019s Mogul Camp, and Platinum Tracks \u2014 many of which take place on Mary Jane\u2019s legendary mogul territory. Learn more about Winter Park\u2019s Ski & Ride School. Beginner boot-packing at Winter Park. BIG BEAR MOUNTAIN RESORT, CALIFORNIA Big Bear Mountain Resort is Southern California\u2019s must-shred destination for family-friendly skiing and riding. Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, about 2-hours from LA, Big Bear Mountain Resort includes Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. Both mountains offer a wide range of beginner areas, while Bear Mountain\u2019s terrain parks are often heralded as the freestyle originator. When it comes to snowboarding for beginners, Big Bear Mountain Resort offers segmented downhill ski and snowboard lessons and terrain park\u2013style skiing and riding instruction. The terrain-based Skill Builder Park is perfect for beginners. It has low rails, boxes, rollers, hips, and tabletops \u2014 all miniature versions of the features that have made Big Bear famous. Big Bear is also a proud sponsor of the United States Adaptive Recreation Center (USARC), which uses private one-on-one instruction to make skiing and snowboarding accessible for individuals with disabilities. Dig into lesson options at Big Bear Mountain Resort. JUNE MOUNTAIN, CALIFORNIA Known as \u201cCalifornia\u2019s Family Mountain,\u201d June Mountain\u2019s Ski and Snowboard School offers free skiing and riding for kids 12 and under. Yes, you read that right: FREE skiing and riding for kids 12 and under. Adult Ikon Pass holders also have the option to drop the kiddos at June\u2019s Mountain Chalet for lessons while you rip through your runs. Adults can hire a personal pro for a private lesson and bring up to four friends at no additional cost. When the lesson is over, put your skills to work on June Mountain\u2019s wide-open runs\u2014perfect for beginners. Explore lesson options at June Mountain. Fun for the whole family at June. KILLINGTON RESORT, VERMONT Killington prides itself on having the longest season of lift-served skiing and riding in New England, as well as the largest vertical drop. This means that the mountain is open for nearly two-thirds of the year, giving you both the time and the terrain necessary to progress your skills on the snow. When paired with the Killington Snow Sports School, guests are encouraged to nurture progression and turn seemingly impossible goals into easily achievable steps. Learn more about lesson options at Killington. STRATTON, VERMONT Stratton Mountain, nestled in between the mountains of southern Vermont, celebrates a legacy of creating traditions and carrying on the mountain spirit from generation to generation. Its terrain mimics the family environment of the resort\u2019s Village, as it offers an outstanding 41% novice terrain, 31% intermediate, and 28% advanced\/expert. Whether you\u2019re enjoying laughs on the lift or a night out in the Village, Stratton can accommodate your whole family. When it comes to lessons for the entire family, Stratton caters to both first-time skiers\/snowboarders and mountain enthusiasts alike. This includes improving overall technique, becoming more fluid in the moguls, or being more confident in the terrain park. Most of all, Stratton\u2019s Mountain Sports School is ready to maximize your smile while on the slopes. Discover the many lesson options at Stratton. Family smiles at Stratton.