Pros: Easy Access, Easy to Navigate, Small and Friendly, Sun Exposure
Cons: Summit Can be Windy, A Bit Outdated
If you have younger kids and worry about getting lost in the huge resorts, Bromley may just be your place. Just up the road from all the tourist attractions in Manchester, Bromley is right-sized for families ... big enough to have some trail variety, but small enough to make it truly easy to navigate. This is not a resort with a big village, but all the restaurants and shopping you could want are in Manchester. There is one lodge (Bromley Sun Lodge) and a few condos available to stay on-site, but this is a commuter mountain.
Bromley offers 45 trails, and there is enough to address the interests of beginners, intermediates and advanced/expert skiers. There are a few older, double chairs, but the Sun Mountain Express quad gets you to the summit and gives access to a nice variety of cruisers for all skill levels. There is even an Expert glade (The Plunge) accessible off to the left of the lift. For advanced/expert skiers, however, the Blue Ribbon Quad allows access to the East side of the mountain. There you can find black diamond cruisers, bumps and a glade (Avalanche Glade) which will be a nice surprise in terms of variety and challenge.
The base lodge is quaint, older-style, and, again, easy to navigate. You feel comfortable getting around anywhere on this mountain, and that is a real plus for families. They do a nice job with kids lesson programs as well. I thoroughly enjoy skiing at Bromley for 1-2 days. If you stay in Manchester, it's very easy to try out Bromley, Stratton and Magic to make up a ski week with a lot of variety.