Cranmore Mountain, North Conway, N.H.
603-356-5543, www.cranmore.com, $59-$299
How could the home mountain of the father of modern skiing not make the list? Hannes Schneider, a North Conway legend, arrived in town in 1939, after escaping his native Austria, which had fallen under Nazi rule. Schneider, already internationally renowned as the developer of the Arlberg technique, brought his method for teaching downhill skiing to Cranmore. His tradition lives on in the area’s ski school, where the Arlberg Children’s Center offers a separate reservation and ticketing area away from the bustling main lodge. With a pair of magic-carpet lifts and genteel slopes secluded from the rest of the mountain, Cranmore offers youngsters a comfortable and enjoyable approach to skiing and riding. Adults can also choose from a number of private and group lessons including the GET (Guaranteed Easy Turns) package for skiers and riders ages 8 and up, which assures that a student will be able to turn left and right, as well as stop after 90 minutes, or the next lesson is free.