AFFORDABLE SKI TOWNS IN THE USA
Between ski gear rentals and lift tickets, dinners and snacks at the lodge, ski trips can add up fast. It can be tough to find bargains for lessons or free slopeside beverages and hot chocolate, I can help you find affordable lodging on or near some great US ski resorts with great prices on lifts – day or group passes.
AFFORDABLE SKI TRIPS UNITED STATES
You can do very well with VRBO but we’ve found renting a winter vacation home from TripAdvisor can turn your entire getaway into a budget-friendly ski trip. Take advantage of the full kitchen and pack a lunch before you hit the slopes, or host happy hour at your place instead of heading to the lodge. We’re not just talking extra space and full-size appliances, they seem to keep an eye out for amenities like hot tubs, free WiFi and drying rooms designed for ski equipment.
After taking several trips myself and doing a little homework, here are some alternative ski spots with great local resorts and affordable rental homes.
You can seriously cut costs per person, per night by planning group ski trips to these destinations. Round up your friends and family dig out your gear, and visit these 10 ultra-affordable getaway destinations for big thrills and even bigger savings.
AVG Weekly Rate reflects the average cost for a weeklong stay in a two-bedroom TripAdvisor rental property during Winter 2017.
What Reviewers Are Saying: “I’ve been skiing on this mountain for 15 years and still look forward to any opportunity I get to come back. It has the best snow in the Southeast, with a snowmaking system that would cover a mountain triple its size.”
When Appalachian opened in 1962, the original resort featured three slopes and a quaint Bavarian-style lodge. Today, the ski area has nearly quadrupled in size to provide visitors with 12 slopes and a 46,000-square-foot lodge (complete with a restaurant and an observation deck). The only thing more impressive than all that growth? Appalachian’s current snowmaking capacity.
In prime conditions, the resort converts six million gallons of water into snow each day—which helps to explain how this North Carolina ski spot extends the season well into March. Winter rentals in Blowing Rock average just $960 per week for a two-bedroom property.
What Reviewers Are Saying: “We are quite pleased with this ski resort. Our children have the time of their lives and find it more fun the more we go. The lodge has a screened-in heated deck that faces the slopes, so it’s easy to relax and watch my boys ski.”
As North Carolina’s first ski slope, Cataloochee has a long history of bringing fresh powder and memorable verticals to skiers and snowboarders all over the Southeast. Thanks to a decade of capital improvements—including extensive recent updates to their snowmaking process—this ski area is equipped to crank out the flurries for years to come.
Keep an eye out for special rates and group deals on 2017 ski trips. Winter rentals in Maggie Valley average just $1,008 per week for a two-bedroom property.
What Reviewers Are Saying: “Whether it’s to snowboard, ski, hike or escape the summer heat, Beech is the best.
We’ve split our time between Beech Mountain and the Charlotte area for the last 35 years. Home rentals here are surprisingly affordable, and the views are breathtaking.”
Beech Mountain is “Eastern America’s Highest Town” at 5,506 feet, but that’s not the resort area’s only claim to fame. It’s also home to one of the only American breweries owned by a ski area, so you can kick back with a well-crafted pint after a long day on the slopes.
This season, Beech is slated to unveil a new-and-improved terrain park that will increase the resort’s skiable acreage. Not a fan of ski trips? Lace up your skates and hit the 7,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink instead. Winter rentals in the town of Beech Mountain average just $1,094 per week for a two-bedroom property.
What Reviewers Are Saying: “We’ve had nothing but great experiences at Shawnee. My kids had never been skiing. They took the beginner lesson, and all four of them learned to ski and were doing blue runs by the second day. I love the family environment here.”
With 23 slopes and trails spread out across 125 acres, there’s plenty of room to ski at Shawnee Mountain.
The two terrain parks—one for experienced riders and one for jibbing practice—are definitely a highlight. Located in the scenic town of East Stroudsburg, this Poconos Mountain resort is open from early December through late March and is known for its aggressive snowmaking and careful grooming.
Winter rentals across the whole Poconos Mountains Region average just $1,102 per week for a two-bedroom property, so East Stroudsburg makes for an affordable home base for your Shawnee skiing adventure.
What Reviewers Are Saying: “We had a wonderful time. Our rental was absolutely beautiful, extremely comfortable, clean and very roomy. As avid skiers, the best part was the true ski in ski out experience. I highly recommend staying here.”
With a top-notch terrain park, indoor water park and the state’s biggest snow tubing complex, the question at Camelback isn’t what to do—it’s what to do first.
More than a third of the 34 trails (including the challenging “Cliffhanger” run) are earmarked for experts, but this family-friendly resort in the Poconos caters to novice skiers, too; Camelback boasts two beginner slopes with designated lifts.
And if the weather doesn’t cooperate? Snowmaking equipment covers all of the terrain. With winter rentals in the Poconos area averaging just $1,102 per week for a two-bedroom property, a Tannersville is a great lodging option for those interested in Camelback Mountain.
What Reviewers Are Saying: “For much of the day, it seemed like we were the only ones at the resort. The views are gorgeous, and we loved the tree-lined trails. A weekend spent skiing at Canaan Valley is a great family getaway!”
Davis is an in-demand destination thanks to resorts like Canaan, which boasts 47 slopes and trails. But you don’t need to take the lift to the top to enjoy breathtaking views of the Allegheny Mountains; the resort also offers ice skating, snow tubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. This summer, they upgraded rental inventory for skiers, boarders and skaters alike.
What Reviewers Are Saying: “Timberline Resort has been a welcome addition to Canaan Valley for many years. We enjoy the ski in ski out condos during the winter season, and during the fall, we find the ski trails to be excellent for hiking.”
Timberline is a classic West Virginia destination for ski trips, and with more than 100 acres of skiable terrain and 31 acres of glade skiing—a recent addition—it’s not hard to see why. While this resort is home to the highest average vertical drop in the South, it’s also known for its top-rated ski school and kid-friendly programs. Winter rentals in Davis average just $1,319 per week for a two-bedroom property.
What Reviewers Are Saying: “I rented a house for a group of 12 for a skiing trip, and the property was perfect! The location was great for both skiing Hunter Mountain and exploring downtown. The fireplace made the home extra cozy and kept us all warm.”
Hunter has been called “a smaller mountain with big skiing.” With a vertical of 1,600 feet, this popular spot for upstate ski trips has enough steeps to keep the experts happy. But parents will be pleased to discover that the mountain also offers plenty of kid-focused programming, and reviewers write that instructors at the Learning Center are patient and understanding.
In the market for ski equipment? Visit Hunter Mountain Outfitters, the area’s new outdoor store. If you’re heading to the Catskills for a winter retreat, consider Hunter as your home base. Vacation rentals in the area average just $1,381 per week for a two-bedroom property this winter.
What Reviewers Are Saying: “I have been visiting Windham for a few years now and was very impressed with the quality of the runs this year; the pistes were all immaculately groomed and equally well-thought-out. This is definitely a safe, family-oriented resort.”
With 285 skiable acres, this gem in the Catskills can feel surprisingly uncrowded—even at the height of the season. Located less than three hours from New York City, Windham is offering an expedited rental experience in 2016 to complement recent capital improvements like new trails, advanced snowmaking equipment and updates to the six terrain parks.
Winter rentals across the whole Catskill Region average just $1,381 per week for a two-bedroom property, and Windham has plenty of stellar cabins to choose from.
What Reviewers Are Saying: “Upon going back to Loon this weekend, I remembered why I love it. It’s not as busy as some of the other big New England mountains, yet it has tons of terrain, is well-maintained, and has nice on-and-off mountain facilities.”
Okay, so one New England spot does make our affordable list. From the untouched glades to the steep moguls, this haven in the White Mountain National Forest is known for its accessibility, dependable snowfall and jaw-dropping scenery. (The six terrain parks, Superpipe, snow tubing, snowshoeing, camps and clinics don’t hurt, either.) Located just two hours from Boston, Loon offers 61 trails across 370 acres, making it a popular spot for locals and families planning New England ski trips, without breaking the bank. Winter rentals in Lincoln average just $1,414 per week for a two-bedroom property.
What Reviewers Are Saying: “I have been skiing here for years, and my expectations have been consistently surpassed. The staff is courteous and attentive, and their commitment to a long season is unmatched.”
“Recreation is the refreshment of spirit.” That adage used to greet skiers from the welcome sign as they entered the resort, and nearly 50 years later, it still captures the essence of Bristol Mountain.
The Finger Lakes resort boasts 35 slopes and 2 high-speed quad lifts—not to mention one of the area’s biggest vertical drops. Big thrills (and many memorable ski trips) await. Winter rentals across the whole Finger Lakes region average just $1,485 per week for a two-bedroom property, so consider Canandaigua and enjoy all Bristol Mountain has to offer.
Have Fun Guys! If you have any questions or need some added tips feel free to email and I’m glad to help. Thanks, Chris