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Best in the East 2018: Kid Friendliness

The results of our reader-ranked survey of the top 10 resorts for families in Eastern North America.

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No. 1: Smugglers’ Notch, VT

“It’s so obvious how committed Smuggs is to family value and guaranteeing you have a memorable experience. Definitely the best kid’s programs anywhere, bar none.”

Photo Courtesy: Smugglers’ Notch

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No. 2: Waterville Valley, NH

“The KIDS KAMP rocks! The Snowsports Director Pete Webber is the best thing that ever happened to WV.”

Photo Courtesy: Waterville Valley Resort

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No. 3: Mount Sunapee, NH

Photo Courtesy: Mount Sunapee Resort

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No. 4: Wachusett Mountain, MA

“Great place to show kids the sport of skiing. Lessons are top notch.”

Photo Courtesy: Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

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No. 5: Bretton Woods, NH

“Got a season pass for each kid with their seasonal rental from a ski shop–that was HUGE for me. Kids loved that there was a really nice green trail from the summit all the way back to the base.”

Photo Courtesy: Bretton Woods 

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No. 6: Okemo, VT

“Free skiing for kids six and under.”

Photo Courtesy: Rob Bossi

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No. 7: Mount Snow, VT

“Amazing kids programs! Great for families!”

Photo Courtesy: Mount Snow Resort

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Sugarbush Resort

No. 8: Sugarbush, VT

“My kids learned to ski there and ask every year for at least one day of ski school!”

Photo Courtesy: Sugarbush Resort

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No. 9: Mad River Glen, VT

“It’s perfect for families, as folks with different abilities can branch out and then find each other easily for lunch. Even if you go in the woods – and you’ll want to – it’s nearly impossible to get lost or in trouble.”

Photo Courtesy: Mad River Glen

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No. 10: Holiday Valley, NY

“It’s great for a day trip to get your ski legs warmed up or as a place to take the kids so that they can enjoy skiing and improve their skills.”

Photo Courtesy: Holiday Valley Ski Area

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