Here’s a handful of family-friendly New England mountains that I can say from experience are an absolute blast to ski and ride.
I spent the bulk of the 2010’s hosting apres-ski parties all over the White Mountains. Chances are, if you were at the Wildcat Pub or Ptarmigan’s or T-Bars or the Cannonball Pub at some point in that decade, you caught me with the RadioBDC or indie617 Drafters. Ice-cold Coors Light beer, tons of prizes for kids and adults, and games like Cheeto-head. The Drafters are still out there, so keep an eye peeled.
Throughout that decade of all-ages debauchery, I had access to some of the best riding money can buy in the Whites (I’m a snowboarder). And I almost always had my kids along with me (they’re skiers), so I can offer a pretty well-informed and well-rounded perspective on which New England mountains offer the best all-around experience, whether you’re 4 or in your 40’s.
4 Family-Friendly New England Mountains to Ski & Ride
My list of four focuses on the White Mountain region. I’ve chosen three New Hampshire spots and one in Maine. I’m telling you this ahead of time so you don’t give me any flack about Vermont not being on the list. The skiing and riding in Vermont is fantastic, and I’ve been to Smugg’s during the offseason, so I can attest to their family-friendliness. But my expertise lies in the Whites.
One more thing: support your indie mountains first and foremost. Black Mountain (who made my list) had a close call and almost closed at the end of last year. It’s up to us to keep skiing and riding to keep them alive for generations to come. But make sure to show love to all these mountains and also your faves throughout New England. A lot of people’s livelihoods depend on us continuing to shred.