Distance from Washington: 112 miles (about two hours)
Average snow: 30 inches
Average season length: 105 days
Price: High-season weekend lift ticket is $61 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.).
Best for: Rookie snowboarders. Roundtop last year replaced its entire rental snowboard fleet with new Burton learn-to-ride equipment, so even when you tumble down the mountain those first few times, you'll do so in style. And improved snowmaking capabilities might help you get a jump on the season.
-- Becky Krystal (November 2009)