Bretton Woods, NH
Bretton Woods has pulled off a neat trick. Recent expansion has made it New Hampshire's biggest resort (375 skiable acres), but the place seems as intimate as ever. The secret: programs and infrastructure that put families first. The kids programs span the ages, and children can be dropped off as early as 8:30 a.m. This year, a quad replaces the old double in the family learning center, making that area even more exciting for beginners with a quick lift ride and plenty of easy, safe ways down. Lodging options range from affordable motel rooms and condos to the lavish Mount Washington Hotel, as grand as it was 100 years ago. Après-ski, there's a full sports center with swimming pool. And every weekend, all winter long, there are magicians, clowns, games and sledding parties at the base area. Parents can join in or head off for their own fun. What makes Bretton Woods reaally great, though, hits you out on the mountain: plenty of lovely and interesting trails the family can ski together, against one of the most scenic backdrops in ski country.
Look Out For: A Pipe Magician and two new groomers-for pipe conditions even discerning teenagers will enjoy.
What's Cool: Nordic skiing: Give your kids a lesson on the resort's 62-mile trail network.
Only Here: The historic Mount Washington Hotel: If you don't stay there, at least take the kids for a tour.