1. Loveland–Ski– Area — Georgetown,– Colorado
Just– 53– miles– west of Denver,– Loveland– Ski Area– claims– they– get “more– snow– than– any– Front– Range– or– Summit– County resort” which– is– saying a– lot– considering– they also– have– some– of– the– best– lift– ticket– rates– around.– Oh, and– if– that– doesn’t– convince– you, they– include– free snowcat– skiing– along the– Continental– Divide.
2. Bristol– Mountain — Canandaigua,– New– York
With– the– highest– vertical– between the– Rockies and– the– Adirondacks, this– upstate– resort is perfect– for New– Yorkers– craving time– in– the– mountains. When– the– East– Coast– cold– becomes– too– much, slip– into– the– on-mountain– waffle– house — Morning Star– Café — for– Belgian– waffles– doused– in– local– maple– syrup.
3. Brian– Head– Resort — Brian– Head,– Utah
Skiing– doesn’t– get– much– cheaper– than– this. For– a– mere $45– a– day– you– can– get– high– in– Utah’s– backcountry. According– to the– resort’s– website, Brian– Head– has– the– highest– base– in– Utah– at– an– impressive 9,600– feet– in– elevation. For– even– more– savings,– wait– till– after– dark– when– you– can shred– for– the cost of a– pizza– and beer.
4. Bolton– Valley– Resort — Richmond,– Vermont
If– you’re– smart, you– can– ski– this– Vermont– resort– for– cheap. Early– season– skiing– (until December 6) is– $40, night– skiing– is $25, and– most– Mondays– are $29. If– all– else– fails, the– ski– and– stay– deal– below– works– out– to– less– than $90 per– person,– per– day. Side– note: The– Ben & Jerry’s– headquarters– is– 20 minutes– away.
5. Homewood– Mountain– Resort — Homewood,– California
An– easy 15– minute– drive– from– Tahoe– City, this– little– gem of– a– resort– sits– right– on– Lake– Tahoe. It– may– get– overlooked– by– the– hordes– headed– to– Squaw– Valley, but– the– ski– area– offers– the– region’s– best– lift– ticket– value — and– thanks– to– its proximity– to– Tahoe– City, you– can– usually– find– a– moderately– priced– Airbnb.
6. Greek– Peak– Mountain– Resort — Cortland, New– York
Kids — and– more– importantly, kid-like– adults — will– feel– right at– home– at– this– winter– wonderland. Just– over– three– hours from– New– York– City, the– resort– has– 33– ski– trails, an– arcade, indoor– waterpark,– and– alpine– slide.
7. Whitefish– Mountain– Resort — Whitefish,– Montana
This– ski– resort’s– location– near– Glacier– National– Park– is– only– part– of– its – draw. Whitefish– Mountain– Resort– boasts– 105 marked– trails, vast– amounts– of– bowl– and– tree– skiing, and– four– terrain– parks.
8. Lookout– Pass– Ski– Area — Mullan,– Idaho
Sitting– on– the– border– of Idaho– and– Montana, this– little ski– area claims– to have the– best– priced lift– tickets in either– state — and we– think– they– may be– right. The– resort– gets– an– average of 400– inches– of– powder– annually, and– if– you– come– on– your– birthday, you– ski– for– free.
9. Labrador– Mountain — Truxton, New– York
A– $61– lift– ticket– is– hard– to– beat, but– at– Labrador– Mountain, you– can– cut– that– price– almost– in– half– by– strapping– in– at night.– Starting– at 4 p.m.– you– can– shred– the– resort’s 17– lighted– runs– for– $35.
10. Wolf– Creek– Ski– Area — Pagosa– Springs, Colorado
Considering– this– hidden-away– ski– area– typically– gets– the– most– snow– in– Colorado, the– lift– ticket– prices– are– more– than reasonable. Plus,– you– can– soak– in– one– of– Pagosa– Springs’– natural– hot– springs– after– a– long– day– on– the– hill.
11. Sugarloaf– Mountain — Carrabassett– Valley, Maine
Considering– its– size — 1,240 skiable– acres– and 162 runs — the– rates– at– Sugarloaf– are– hard– to– beat. And– if– you– need– a break– from– your– skis, the– resort has– everything– from– fat– biking– to– dogsledding.
12. Beaver– Mountain– Ski– Area — Garden– City, Utah
Sure, you– could– empty– your– wallet– at– the– renowned– Deer Valley– resort, but– why– pay– up– to– $200 for– a lift– ticket,– when you– could– ski– all– day– for $50? This– northern– Utah– resort– first– opened 80– years– ago– and– is– found– in– the– Bear– River– Mountains– between– Logan, Utah, and– the– Idaho– border.
13. Bogus– Basin — Boise,– Idaho
Bogus– Basin– is– all– about– making– skiing– affordable. That– means– every– dollar– you– spend– goes– back– into– the– nonprofit organization’s– equipment,– facilities,– education, and– outreach. It– also– means– you– can– ski– for– cheap.
14. Cranmore– Mountain– Resort — North– Conway, New– Hampshire
Depending– on– the– day, you– can– ski– this– New– Hampshire– resort– for– as– little– as– $15 — yep,– adults– too. But– even– if– you end– up– paying $40– a– day,– it’s– money– well– spent. The– resort– has– 56– runs– and– plenty– of– intermediate– terrain.
15. Mt. Hood– Skibowl — Government– Camp, Oregon
Ever– considered– skiing– a potentially– active– stratovolcano? Yep, it’s– a– thing. And– if you– want– to– take– it up– a notch– (and– save– a few– bucks) Skibowl– also– has– the– largest– night– ski– area– in– the– U.S.