Best Cozy Mountains in New England
1. Pats Peak, Henniker, New Hampshire:
The lighted slope means you don’t have to come in out of the cold when the sun goes down. 710-foot vertical, 22 trails.
888-728-7732, 603-428-3245; patspeak.com
On the mountain you may meet instructor Phil Ryan, who helps Kate Bartlet run the unpretentious Henniker House, nestled on a Main Street corner in the village. “I want people to feel as though they’re coming to their favorite aunt’s house,” Kate says.
10 Ramsdell Rd., Henniker. 866-428-3198; hennikerhouse.com
2. King Pine, East Madison, New Hampshire:
In addition to plenty of downhill trails, the mountain boasts cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and skating. 350-foot vertical, 17 trails.
800-373-3754, 603-367-8896; kingpine.com
Apres-ski, head down the mountain to Snowvillage Inn, which combines rustic accommodations and an idyllic view of Mount Washington with hearty country cooking. 136 Stewart Rd., Snowville. 603-447-2818; snowvillageinn.com
3. Mount Abram, Greenwood/Locke Mills, Maine:
Just down the road from bustling Sunday River, Mount Abram offers a slower-paced alternative for families who like their elbow room. A slew of intermediate slopes and the mountain’s tubing park (longest in Maine, with two trails) will keep your kids busy. 1,030-foot vertical, 44 trails. 207-875-5000; skimtabram.com
In the evening, head into Bethel and relax at The Chapman Inn. The breakfast there, prepared by chef/co-owner Fred Nolte, will leave you stoked for all the runs that await. 1 Mill Hill Rd., Bethel.
877-359-1498, 207-824-2657; chapmaninn.com
4. Shawnee Peak, Bridgton, Maine:
This intermediate mountain has the added boast of being the first in Maine entirely powered by wind. 1,300-foot vertical, 44 trails.
Ecoconscious skiers should stay at Noble House. The organic breakfast (featuring fresh bread and locally grown fruits and veggies) is the perfect start to a long day on the slopes. 81 Highland Rd., Bridgton.
888-237-4880, 207-647-3733; noblehousebb.com
5. Butternut Basin, Great Barrington, Massachusetts:
What it lacks in thrills it makes up for in family memories. This easy mountain offers a homey atmosphere and a selection of skiing classes, making it a great place for youngsters. 1,000-foot vertical, 22 trails.
For a B&B with a distinctively European flare, stay at The Wainwright Inn. Don’t ask what’s in the famous pancakes — it’s a secret. 518 S. Main St., Great Barrington. 413-528-2062; wainwrightinn.com
Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.