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Mountains of fun for the whole family: Across the West, a lot of ski resorts have added kid-friendly perks. Here are some of our favorite family venues.

At Yosemite's BADGER PASS SKI AREA, set to open its slopes this season on Dec 13, you can snow tube with your little ones, lounge on the sundeck and watch your children learn to ski cc snowboard from acclaimed instructors, or hit the slopes yourself. $47/1-day lift ticket; snow tubing $17; $80/2 half-day lessons; yosemitepark.com/badgerpass.aspx.

Bed down at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and you get free shuttle service to Badger Pass. The lodge's Mountain Room restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows that provide stunning sunset views. $20/vehicle; rooms from $709; Mountain Room $$; yosemite park.com.

During Mommy & Me and Daddy & Me lessons at 49[degrees] NORTH MOUNTAIN RESORT (pictured above), in northeast Washington, parents and kids can learn to ski and ride together. After class, kids can test their new skills in Fools Gold, a glade filled with wooden squirrels, moose, foxes, and even a snake on a snowboard. $52/1-clay lift ticket; ski49n.com.

At MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN SKI AREA, in east-central California, the resort's shaggy mascot, Woolly, visits ski-school classes daily, leads a parade through the village on Saturdays, and celebrates his birthday with a resort-wide blowout: magicians, music, crafts, games, and a colossal cake. $99/1-day lift ticket; Woolly's birthday Feb 22-23; morn mothmountain.com.

A bit farther north, near Truckee, California, SUGAR BOWL RESORT solves the age-old parental skiing predicament: With baby in tow, who's on diaper duty and who's on the mountain? The transferable Parent Ticket lets Mom and Dad take turns making turns. Brilliant! $82/1-day lift ticket, including Parent Ticket; sugar bowl, corn.

Boasting a climbing wall, puppet theater, and nap loft, the Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center at Colorado's ASPEN/SNOWMASS is not your average day care. Add the 25,000-square-foot building to a renowned ski school and 3,332 acres of terrain, and you've got a winning formula for parents and kids alike. From $154/2-day lift ticket; aspen snowmass.com.

With friendly lift operators, slopeside parking, and a general store hawking homemade Fudge, family-owned SIPAPU SKI AND SUMMER RESORT exudes old-fashioned charm. The northern New Mexico resort also keeps skiing affordable, with free lessons for beginning skiers, $50 Car Load Days (50 bucks gets up to six skiers of any age onto the slopes), and Kids Ski Free Week, which this year falls Mar 1-7. $44/1-day lift ticket; sipapunm.corn.--MEGAN McCREA

Hit the West's best slopes: Scan this page with the Blippar app (see page 8 for instructions) or go to sunset.com/ski.

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