Stratton Mountain, Stratton, Vt.
802-297-4000, www.stratton.com, $59-$595
Groomers. Groomers. Groomers. While Stratton may not epitomize the daredevil skier’s idea of an enticing vertical destination, it’s among the best in New England for those who love to rip the fresh corduroy from mountain-grooming machines, which also makes it ideal for beginners. Stratton features dedicated lessons for a number of different groups, including snowboarders (it is, after all, the home mountain of such pro snowboarders as Ross Powers and Lindsey Jacobellis) and women-only classes. And if you find yourself tossing your poles in frustration, there’s always the European-style base village, with some two dozen shops and restaurants in which to drown your day with retail therapy.