Attitash Mountain Resort, Bartlett, N.H.
603-374-2600, www.attitash.com, $59-$270
Unless you’re hiking the backcountry, the word “free” doesn’t get tossed around in too many skiing and riding circles. That’s not the case at Attitash, where a free, lift-serviced area debuted this season at the Bear Peak section of the resort. “It’s an initiative to bring new skiers and riders into the sport,” Attitash spokesman Thomas Prindle said. As at nearby Bretton Woods, which boasts a free learning area for children, skiers and riders new to the sport are welcome to test the waters at Attitash only for the cost of a rental (full-day packages $16-$36).