Sunapee and the surrounding valley, Sunapee has excellent grooming and snowmaking. A separate beginner/novice area is located opposite the main area and is serviced by regular shuttles.
Other regional ski areas include: SUGARBUSH, MAD RIVER GLEN(SKI IT IF YOU CAN), STOWE, LOON, ATTITASH, STRATTON, MAGIC, BROMLEY AND WHALEBACK.
ATTITASH: For more information, call (603) 374-2368 or visit www.attitash.com
The Adventure Center: Located right at the base area, the Attitash Adventure Center has everything under one roof for families and kids. All learn-to-ski and learn-to-ride programs, childrens programs, seasonal programs, day care facilities, rental equipment, and adaptive programs for disabled skiers originate at the Adventure Center.
Young children: The Buddy Bear Kids program (age 4-6) and the Adventure Kids and Low Riders program (age 7-12) include lessons and lift tickets.
Teens: For teens interested in joining seasonal programs that offer great instruction, exciting competition and peer camaraderie, there is the Attitash Racing Development Team, the Bump Busters Freestyle Team and the Snowboard Competition Team. Almost every weekend there are just-for-fun events open to all ability levels.
BALSAMS WILDERNESS: For more information, call (603) 255-3400 or visit www.thebalsams.com
Named one of America's Ten Best Family Resorts in Family Life magazine, The BALSAMS Grand Resort Hotel knows how to keep kids happy. Registered guests of the hotel receive free daytime child care at no charge.
At the ski area: There are no lift lines, no crowds, and no hassles. There is a separate slope for beginners and a ski play area for youngsters.
At the hotel: There are sleigh rides, bonfires, ice skating, winter nature hikes, game rooms, movies and evening entertainment for kids of all ages. BLACK MOUNTAIN: For more information, call (603) 383-4490 or visit www.blackmt.com
Black is known for being family friendly. The ski area is the ideal size for kids to enjoy and remains uncrowded even at the busiest of times.
Kids' Programs: Black has programs for all ages of kids. The Tots Snow Flake is for kids ages 3 & 4, Snow Busters is for ages 5-8, and Mountain Action Gang is for kids 9-12 years old.
BRETTON WOODS: For more information, call (603) 278-332
Bretton Woods is an award-winning ski area that has long catered to families. Family Travel Forum named it one of the "Top Ten Getaways for Tiny Travelers" and SKI magazine's readers' survey gave superior ratings to its family programs, grooming, and scenery.
Family Learning Center: The Family Learning Center offers a variety of child-friendly lifts to help make learning to ski or snowboard easier, and the Wonder Carpet, Handle Tow, and the new Crawford Quad Chair are all designed for easy use by kids. A nursery is available for children age 2 months-5 years. Young children: The Hobbit Ski and Snowboard School (age 4-12) offers all day fun and instructional programs in skiing or snowboarding and includes two lessons, equipment rental, lift ticket, and lunch. Children are matched with others of the same age and ability. Younger kids (ages 3-5) can enjoy the Hobbit Ski and Snowplay Program.
Other Activities: Five trails and two lifts stay open on Friday and Saturday nights for those kids with plenty of energy. At the Bretton Arms and The Mount Washington Hotel, there are indoor pools, as well as game rooms with billiards, pinball and electronic games.
CANNON MOUNTAIN: For more information, call (603) 823-8800 or visit www.cannonmt.com
Young Children: Cannon offers a wide range of programs for kids. Mountain Explorers are half day sessions for children ages 8-12. The Cannon Kids program is for kids ages 4-7. The Brookside Learning Center: This newly renovated learning center has everything families need with regards to day care facilities and learn-to-ski programs. Beginner slopes are located right outside the door, and intermediate skiers can enjoy the view from the top with easy access to top-to-bottom intermediate trails.
Teens: A terrain park with bumps, banks and jumps, along with two professionally designed halfpipes, keeps the older kids challenged.
CRANMORE MOUNTAIN RESORT: For more information, call (603) 356-5543 or visit www.cranmore.com
Cranmore offers a variety of family-friendly programs either by day or for an entire season.
Young children: The Snowsports School has daily programs for young children, including a variety of Value Deals that package lift tickets with rentals, equipment, and lunch. Also offered are seasonal programs such as the Adventure Camp for ages 8-14, and the Penguin camp for ages 4-7. Teens: Cranmore has become a major scene of activity for snowplay of all sorts - from traditional skiing and snowboarding, to activities like snowtubing or downhill gliding on snowscoots, snowfoxes, snowbikes, and skiboards. There's plenty of terrain park and halfpipe activity; even beginner and intermediate sliders can have fun on banked corners, rolls, and jumps. For those who still have energy, night skiing is offered on Saturdays.
CROTCHED MOUNTAIN: For more information, call (603) 588-3668 or visit www.crotchedmountain.com
Kids Snow Camp: The camp is offered on weekends and holidays for kids ages 3-12, and includes lessons, lunch and a snack.
GUNSTOCK: For more information, call (603) 293-4341 or visit www.gunstock.com
The Children's Center: The Cubs Program for 3-year-olds introduces skiing skills through the use of games and activities. It includes a lift ticket, lesson, lunch, and day care. The Polar Bears is geared for children ages 4-5, putting them on snow in the morning hours and enjoying the day care atmosphere in the afternoon. The Belknap Bears, for ages 4-8, is a full or half day program focusing on fun and includes breaks, lunch, crafts, and games. The Belknap Rangers, for ages 8-13, is offered as both half and full day programs.
Teens: A terrain park and snowtubing provide plenty of options to traditional skiing and snowboarding, with night skiing Tuesday through Saturday for those who want to keep on going.
KING PINE: For more information, call (603) 367-8896 or visit www.kingpine.com
Youth Ski Camp: For nearly 60 years, King Pine has hosted a youth ski camp designed for kids ages 8-17. The all-inclusive price covers ski or snowboard instruction, meals, and lodging. Campers are grouped according to their ability from novice to expert. Instruction is provided twice a day in a small group setting with plenty of time allotted for campers to ski or ride on their own.
Daily programs: The Knee-Hi Program for ages 4-7 offers three levels (Carpet, Rope Tow and Mountain) to provide varied programs for all abilities. Also available is a terrain park, snowtubing, ice skating, cross country skiing, an indoor pool and fitness complex; on weekends and during holiday periods, there is also night skiing, and snowtubing. A nursery is available for infants-age 6.
LOON MOUNTAIN: For more information, call (603) 745-8111 or visit www.loonmtn.com
Young children: The Loon Snowsports School offers a wide variety of daily and seasonal kids programs. There's P.K. Boo Bear for 3 year olds and Kinder Bear for kids ages 4-6. Day care is available for kids 6 weeks-8 years. Teens: There's plenty of halfpipe and terrain park action at Loon including an inground superpipe designed by Chris Gunnarson, as well as sliding fun on a variety of rental snowtoys, such as snowscoots, snowfoxes, snowbikes, or skiboards. Snowtubing is available day or night, and at the Adventure Center there is a variety of other activities available.
Freeride Seasonal Camp: This program is designed for kids ages 7-17 years old who are intermediate skiers and riders and want to improve their freestyle skiing and riding.
MOUNT SUNAPEE: For more information, call (603) 763-2356 or visit www.mtsunapee.com Young children: Mount Sunapee offers comprehensive programs for youngsters for both skiing and snowboarding. The Snowstars (age 4-7) and Mountain Explorers (age 8-12) learn with others of similar age and ability, and Mother Goose Day Care is available for the youngest children. A recently-built Learning Center enhances all children's programs. The layout of the mountain is family-friendly with all trails ending at the base lodge, and a separate beginner area (South Peak) has been enhanced with new beginner-friendly lifts and trails.
Teens: The state's newest superpipe and an extensive terrain park make this a great location for teenagers.
Families First: Kids (age 8+) and their parents can learn to ski or snowboard together with the same instructor on weekend and holiday periods.
PATS PEAK: For more information, call (888) PATS PEAK or visit www.patspeak.com
Kids' programs: Pats Peak has lessons available for all age and ability levels in skiing and snowboarding. Snowtubing, a quarterpipe, and a terrain park provide plenty of thrills for older kids; night skiing and snowboarding are also available.
Cub's Club: This program includes a full day of nursery care with outdoor play and an introduction to skiing for children ages 3-5 years old.
Bear's Club: This full day program for ages 6 and older offers group lessons for self-sufficient skiers and riders. It is held on weekends and holidays.
WATERVILLE VALLEY: For more information, call (603) 236-8311 or visit www.waterville.com
Waterville Valley is consistently ranked among the top of SKI Magazine's reader survey for providing families with high quality, affordable kids' programs. Young children: Mogul Mites is for 3 year olds who have never skied. The program includes two hours of lessons, lunch and snacks. Explorers is for skiers ages 4-6 and Scouts caters to skiers and snowboarders ages 7-12. Child care is available for kids age 6 months-4 years. At the end of the day, kids can log onto Waterville Valley's web page on Snowmonsters.com and give feedback or talk to their instructors. Older kids and teens: A superpipe, Exhibition Park, and Little Slammer Terrain Park provide jumps and halfpipes for skiers and snowboarders, and there are plenty of snowtoys, short skis and snowtubes to try for added fun. For other diversions, a free shuttle bus can deliver guests to Waterville Valley's Town Square where there are specialty shops, a variety of restaurants, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and indoor recreational facilities including an ice skating rink, swimming pool, tennis courts, and a fitness center.
WILDCAT MOUNTAIN: For more information, call (603) 466-3326 or visit www.skiwildcat.com Wildcat Tracks Training Center Children's Programs: The Wildcat Tracks training Center starts kids as young as 3-5 with the Lion Cubs Snowplay Program. In the Lions Den you'll find full and half day progrmas available for ages 4-12, and snowboard programs for ages 8-12. For teens, and mom and dad there are lessons and rental packages for all abilities and consecutive day packages are available. Nursery care is also available for full and half days for kids ages 2 months-5 years at the Kitten Club Nursery.