1. Ascutney Mountain Resort in Ascutney, Vt.
Ascutney Mountain Resort is a condensed ski area and slopeside village that doesnt get all the accolades its neighboring Vermont resorts do and that can be a good thing. Ascutney is proof you dont need a cruise ship roster of programs to be successful; with just enough stuff to keep everyone in the family happy. Ascutney has borrowed some key programming from Smugglers including a cheesy mascot mouse named Cheddar, Duckling Daycare for the little ones, Young Olympians ski and ride camps for ages 4-12, and a recently added Bumps Center for teens to hang out at after the lifts stop. While Ascutney is neither vast nor venerable, families will enjoy that it is manageable, and ski and stay packages in the Hotel and surrounding condominiums are affordable, and include use of the Fitness Center and Pool.