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Bretton Woods. New Hampshire's largest ski area is also one of the country's best family ski resorts. The views of Mt. Washington alone are worth the visit to Bretton Woods; the scenery is especially beautiful from the Latitude 44 restaurant, open during ski season.
This is a great place to learn to ski. Trails appeal mostly to novice and intermediate skiers, including two magic carpet lifts for beginners. There are some steeper pitches near the top of the 1,500-foot vertical and glade skiing to occupy the experts, as well as night skiing and snowboarding on weekends and holidays. Snowboarders enjoy the three terrain parks. The Nordic trail system has 62 miles of cross-country ski trails.
The Hobbit Ski and Snowplay program, for ages 3 to 5, is an introduction to skiing, and the Hobbit Ski and Snowboard School, for ages 4 to 12, has full- and half-day lessons. The complimentary Kinderwoods Winter Playground has a sled carousel, igloos, and a zip line. A snowmobile park at the base area is fun for kids ages 4 to 13. Parents can purchase interchangeable family tickets that allow them to take turns skiing while the other watches the kids—both passes come for the price of one. The ski area also offers an adaptive program for anyone with disabilities.
A recent addition is the year-round Canopy Tour, which has 9 zip lines, two sky bridges, and three rappel stations. Small groups are led by experienced guides. The tour, costing $110, is an exhilarating introduction to flora and fauna of the White Mountains. As with many activities here, kids are welcome. U.S. 302, Bretton Woods, NH, 03575. 603/278–3320; 603/278–1000 weather conditions. www.brettonwoods.com.
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