Waterville Valley, Waterville Valley, N.H.
603-236-8311, www.waterville.com, $42-$410
Just two hours north of Boston, Waterville Valley has always been a major destination for day-trippers, and it has much to offer novice skiers and riders. The mountain’s accessibility is enhanced by its ski-school instructors, who welcome a wide range of abilities and ages. Waterville really shines, however, in its “Kids Kamp” programs, classes expressly designed to prevent children from feeling intimidated (classes are broken down into three divisions: age 3, ages 4-6, and ages 7-12). The cost ($97-$113) includes instruction, lift ticket, lunch, and snacks. Rentals for the camps run $22 per day.