Smugglers' Notch, Vermont, USA
'Unless there's a special deal, I don't think there's any point going to a big-name resort for your first week,' says Patrick Thorne, founder of www.thesnowhunter. com. 'Similarly, I don't think you can go wrong in North American resorts for their 'we've thought of everything and we think you're great' confidence- boosting attitude. A New England resort like Smugglers Notch in Vermont is a good choice - relaxed, friendly, affordable and not too long a flight.'