Winter has arrived, and while some may mourn the loss of daylight and frigid temperatures, this turn of the season brings excitement for those eagerly anticipating ski season.
The adrenaline rush, sweeping vistas, and beloved après ski fun bring much to look forward to.
Embracing the season's offerings and going on a winter wonderland holiday can add excitement to the otherwise dreariness of winter.
Unfortunately, ski vacations aren’t exactly cheap–between lodging and lift tickets, the costs can add up quickly.
Luckily for adventure-seeking winter travelers, HomeToGo compiled a list of the 7 most affordable ski destinations in North America.
Mission Ridge Ski Area, WA
Nestled on the Eastern side of the Cascade Crest within driving distance of the ski town, Wenatchee, Mission Ridge receives over 200 inches of snowfall annually.
This ski resort boasts a passionate community of winter sports enthusiasts, themed ski days, and plenty of après ski gatherings.
Mission Ridge’s proximity to the charming Wenatchee provides easy access to a number of wineries, breweries, and restaurants perfect for ending a long day on the slopes.
Lift Tickets: $99
Lodging per person: $79.37
Mount Bachelor, OR
This Pacific Northwest ski paradise claims the title of being the U.S.’s 6th largest ski resort, bringing to the table over 4300 acres of lift-accessible terrain and a season continuing into May.
Hidden in Deschutes National Forest, Mount Bachelor is located just 22 mi outside of the trendy Bend, OR.
This eclectic town makes for an excellent side adventure–travelers will enjoy the artsy feel, tax-free shopping, and abundant breweries and restaurants.
Both beginners and veterans alike will be entertained by the resorts 122 runs, the longest of which is 4 miles.
Lift Tickets: $139
Lodging per person: $55.65
Gore Mountain, NY
Gore Mountain is NY’s largest ski resort and the perfect upstate winter escape.
Gore is snuggled in the Adirondacks, a stunning and far-reaching mountain range that has been drawing New Yorkers upstate for decades.
This resort spans across 4 mountains and has a thrilling vertical drop of 5237 feet.
Conveniently located just an hour and a half drive North of Albany airport, there is even a shuttle bus that runs on Saturdays from Manhattan and Brooklyn to the resort during the season.
Lift tickets: $114.00
Jay Peak, VT
This longstanding ski resort in the North Eastern United States is a favorite among ski enthusiasts.
Jay Peak opened its doors in the 1950s, and this winter escape is complete with an indoor water park, spa, and an NHL-sized ice skating arena.
An excellent choice for both beginners and advanced skiers, this stunning Vermont resort gets an average of 300 inches of snow a year and offers 81 total runs.
Lift Tickets: $109.00
Lodging Price per person: $97.79
Schweitzer Mountain, ID
It comes as no surprise that the Pacific Northwest hotspot was named Home2Go’s 2023/2024 overall best ski destination in North America.
Visitors to this stunning Selkirk Mountain retreat will have their choice of views to soak in while conquering the slopes.
Schweitzer Mountain serves up astounding views of three states, Canada, and the glistening Lake Pend Oreille.
Not only is this winter wonderland affordably priced, it's also home to everything a skier could want, from 2900 acres of terrain to an endearing mountain village perfect for après ski festivities.
Lift tickets : $110
Lodging per person: $100.17
Sunday River, ME
This beloved New England resort sprawls across 8 peaks in Eastern Vermont.
With lift tickets priced $200 cheaper than those of popular Vail Colorado, this destination packs a top-quality experience that's easy on your wallet.
Sunday River serves up 870 acres of ski terrain, 135 trails, and 15 lifts.
While the terrain is suitable for all levels, this destination is excellent for intermediate and advanced skiers.
Lift Tickets: $65
Lodging per person: $147.34
Featuring 3000 skiable acres complete with steep off-piste tree and bowl terrain, Whitefish is a premier destination for intermediate and advanced ski fans.
The terrain is full of surprises and fresh discoveries, with breathtaking views of Glacier National Park.
Montana ski culture is at its finest in the quaint town of Whitefish, which provides an array of fine dining and buzzing nightlife choices for après ski.
Lift Tickets: $94
Lodging per person: $120.84
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