Active family seeking outdoor winter adventure to please all ages? Meet your match. Readers give Bretton Woods Top 5 rankings in Family Programs, Snow, Scenery, Grooming and Service. This “hidden jewel,” with its historic grand hotel and stunning views of Mount Washington, even ranks no. 1 for Weather, thanks to its own microclimate (wind-sheltered by day, upslope flurries by night). And you don’t really know “The Woods” until you’ve skied its woods— easily accessed glades sprinkled across the mountain. Nothing pegs the challenge meter, but that’s fine for many families, and New England’s longest zipline canopy tour offers ample thrills. Need more activity? Check out the dogsled tours and 62 miles of spectacularly scenic nordic trails. Need less? Relax with luxurious rooms, a spa and fine dining at the opulent Mount Washington Hotel. —E.T.M.
+Good natural snow when no one else has it.
-A bit sleepy, and runs are short.
Après Spot » Warm up with drinks, a snack and drop-dead views at the Rosebrook Bar in the Mount Washington Hotel.
What’s New» Kids aren’t tired out even after a full day of skiing? Try the 30-foot indoor slopeside climbing wall and bouldering cave.
Family Activity » Zipline canopy tour, with 10 ziplines, three rappels and two land bridges (ages 12 and up; must be 95 pounds). Ski one day, zip the next for $99.