10 Super Ski Resorts

Bretton Woods Mountain Resort -- New Hampshire

While Bretton Woods is a picturesque ski mountain with wide, easy runs and a loyal following, it's the adjacent Mount Washington Hotel that gives it its cachet. Only recently refitted to stay open in winter, this 100-year-old grand dame hotel boasts Old World furnishings, secret nooks, and even an indoor heated pool that kids can explore without drawing disapproving glances from the staff.

Why kids love it: Plenty of novice terrain makes children feel as if they own the mountain.

Why parents love it: Friendly ambassadors at the ski area greet visitors upon arrival with directions and offers of assistance.

Why families love it: Family Fun Weeks, which coincide with school vacations, feature kids' apr?s-ski parties, sledding, and clowns.

For non-skiers: You can ice-skate, ride on a horse-drawn sleigh, or try snow tubing.

Children's programs: The hotel's Kid's Kamp for ages 5 to 12 offers cooking with the chef, movies, and crafts. At the mountain, the Hobbit Ski and Snowboard School offers instruction for ages 4 to 12. The Babes in the Woods play and ski-readiness program offers semi-private instruction and nursery care for ages 3 to 5.

Lodging: In addition to the Mount Washington, there are condos, a country inn, and a motor inn. 603-278-3320; www.brettonwoods.com.

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