Dating back to the 1930s, Black Mountain was one of the White Mountains' pioneering ski areas. It hasn't gone all modern like many of New England's other ski hills; no, it remains a quintessential family mountain -- modest in size, nonthreatening, ideal for beginners -- though there's also glade skiing for more advanced skiers. A day here feels a bit like you've trespassed in some farmer's unused hayfield, which actually adds to the charm; this place isn't even on the radar of the Aspen set. The views of the Presidentials are very good, and a lift ticket is surprisingly inexpensive compared with the other resorts in the area -- on a weekday, an adult can ski for less than $30, and that's just criminal. Bonus: Most of the 44 trails are pointed due south, so no frigid north winds blast your face. The resort also offers two compact terrain parks for snowboarders, as well as lessons, rentals, a day-care center for small kids, a ski school, and a base lodge with a cafeteria and pub. Nice place.