Best Towns 2010: Jackson, New Hampshire

Runner Up: Best for Skiing (East)

With 91 miles of cross-country trails in the surrounding Mount Washington Valley, including dozens right in town, this tiny hamlet (pop. 900) is as close to nordy heaven as you can get. The downhill ain't bad, either: Local resorts like Wildcat Mountain and Attitash have a combined 535 acres of skiable terrain. And Mount Washington's infamous Tuckerman's Ravine is just a 15-minute drive away.

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