It's a New Year, which for many people means a time for starting on resolutions to improve their mood, fitness, well-being or financial situation. Skiing and snowboarding are good for just about all of those, and if you do it right, even the frugal can find a way to get the most out of winter.

Here are a few ideas for a great start to 2014 that involves plenty of time on the slopes. Grab a few girlfriends and sign up for the Women's Alpine Ski Clinic at Crotched Mountain to improve your skills and build confidence during this exlusive 5-week program; bring the fam to Sugarloaf's Children's Festival Week to enjoy a few days of fun both on and off the snow; or reward yourself for working hard all last semester with some cheap turns during College Days and Nights at Bolton Valley.