New trails at Bretton Woods mean only one thing to Boston skiers: Take Friday off.Stepping inside the Mount Washington Hotel's massive turn-of-the-century lobby, it's difficult to know where to look first: Tiffany-glass transoms, cast-plaster moldings, solid-brass fixtures, ornate Corinthian capitals. In front of the enormous fireplace, skiers relax after a day on the slopes of New Hampshire's Bretton Woods Mountain Resort, kicking back on timeworn antique furniture. A stately grandfather clock marks the time nearby.
Schuss Mountain was the Rodney Dangerfield of Michigan skiing until it became part of Shanty Creek Resorts. Now the Shanty/Schuss combo¿located on separate peaks about three miles apart¿encompasses 41 runs and 600 lodging options.
Nub's Nob wrestled El Niño to the mat last winter and pinned it. While other resorts were whining, Nub's had its best year ever, which may explain why readers ranked it as the top ski-only (no lodging) resort in the Midwest.