Gunstock Mountain Resort, New Hampshire
Even your furry, four-legged family members can get in on the fun here. Take Fido to the Nordic Center for skijoring. Never done it? No worries; with a quick lesson, your dog will learn to work with you on cross-country skis, pulling you over the hills and through the woods. For more thrills and chills, take a ride on the recently opened mountain coaster or burn some serious calories pedaling fat-tire snow bikes over winter mountain terrain (pictured above). For something a little less heart pounding, join a guided, moonlit snowshoe walk. You’ll take a chairlift up for a hike across the ridge of Gunstock Mountain, before snowshoeing down to the Nordic Center for hot chocolate. 603-293-4341; gunstock.com.
Omni Mount Washington Resort, New Hampshire
You could sit in the conservatory at this grand, historic hotel and gaze at the snowcapped Presidential Mountains (pictured at top), cozy up next to the massive lobby fireplace, or have dinner in the domed main dining room. But you’d miss out on some fun. Take the shuttle bus to the Bretton Woods ski area, just up the road, for ice-skating, tubing, and kids’ snowmobile park, where little ones can ride their own machines. If you’re up for an adventure, get a bird’s-eye view of the mountains on the one of the longest zip-line tours in New England, dropping 1,000 feet in elevation. Or join an ice-climbing excursion to the famed Frankenstein Cliff in nearby Crawford Notch; beginners welcome. This resort has been designated a AAA Four Diamond property. 603-278-1000.
Sunday River, Maine
Something special is bound to happen here on any winter weekend. Sunday River is home to the Black Diamond Family Entertainment Series, bringing in family-friendly performers throughout the season, including magicians, jugglers, and comics (pictured above). The resort also hosts a slew of winter concerts and festivals, such as its ultra-popular Spring Festival, Winterfest, and Children’s Festival Week. When the sun sets, take a ride on the Chondola to Peak Lodge to enjoy a gourmet dinner and views of the Mahoosuc Mountains. Ready to head outdoors? There’s ice-skating, tubing, and snowshoeing along the banks of the Androscoggin River. Local guides also offer dogsledding and snowmobiling excursions. 800-543-2754; sundayriver.com.