Travel time: 2 hours by car from NYC
One of the best family mountains in the East, Butternut has been the bunny slope of choice for generations of New Yorkers and New Englanders. The mountain has a terrific ski school for the kids, plus adult lessons if you need to brush up on your techniques—or if you need to learn the basics. The First Timer Package includes a beginner lift ticket, rentals and a 90-minute lesson. The package is for skiers ages 4 and up—start 'em young, and your little skier will always be a natural on the slopes.