I drive up to NH to ski every weekend throughout the season from the north shore of Boston. It takes 2 1/2 hours to get there. Here's the scoop on inexpensive lodging.
Go to www.eicsl.org
. This will connect you to the umbrella organization which coordinates the many ski clubs in North Conway. There must be 10 or 11 with lodges in the area. Visit the clubs, and join one whose people and whose lodge you like. Membership fees vary. There's usually a big promotion the weekend of Halloween for prospective members - you can ride a bus that will take you to ten of the clubs, and they will give you tours and breakfast and lunch, and ... beverages. When you join, your membership fees will get you get a place to stay, parties every Saturday during ski season, and depending on the club there may be a cook for Saturday meals and Sunday breakfasts. Also, as a club member you can get discounted lift tickets if you choose not to buy a season pass. You can pm me for more info about particular clubs.
Wildcat, just north of N. Conway, offers a great deal for new never-ever skiers. Last year the deal was you pay a total of $200, and for that you get 6 lessons with rentals whenever you show up, and when you complete all six lessons they give you a season pass that gets you on snow for the rest of the season. I love Wildcat. But be forewarned: they don't make a lot of snow. Early season can be rough, but Wildcat lasts the longest in the Spring, staying open for up to two weeks after everyone else closes. You'll either love Wildcat or not. It has fiercely devoted skiers, of which I am one, but not everybody loves it.
Check out Attitash (varied terrain, great grooming and snow-making, also some real steeps, but they happen to be short), Cranmore (crowded on weekends with lots of kids), and Bretton Woods (no steeps, but great grooming and snow-making). Those three, along with Wildcat, are the places most easily accessed from a club membership located in N. Conway. Oh, and Sunday River over in Maine (big mountain for New England, but an hour's drive beyond N. Conway; it has everything). These five mountains are where the N. Conway club members ski.
Best of luck on your search. You'll love North Conway; lots of apres ski.