It’s no secret that skiing is not cheap. Year after year it gets more and more expensive to go out and enjoy our favorite sport. As lift ticket prices continue to rise, cost of gear rental continues to rise, and even the cost of food at most resorts continue to rise. But here at Skis.com, we believe that everyone should be able to go out and enjoy a ski trip, so we are here to help you find some affordable ski resorts to get out and go ski without breaking the bank!

You may notice exact pricing next to each resort listed below. These are not arbitrary numbers, but rather estimates for pricing per person based on the formula below. Results may vary!

Total Cost = Lift Ticket + Gear Rental + Lunch + Lodging (this pricing is per person and based on rates published on hometogo.com and is in US dollars)

So here is the list of the resorts that provide the most bang for your buck. And don’t think that you’re giving up quality for costs here, there are some hidden gems in this list, along with plenty of resorts you may have heard of before.


10. Whitefish Mountain Resort, MT ($204.26)

Whitefish offers 105 marked trails and 3,000 acres of skiable terrain in beautiful Montana. It has four terrain parks and a skier/boarder cross course. There are a wide variety of options in terms of difficulty of runs, everything from easy green runs for beginners to double blacks for the advanced to expert skier. The average yearly snowfall is 300 inches so you will never be short on powder days.

The cost breakdown looks like this:

Lift Ticket: $79.00, Gear Rental: $47.00, Lunch: $10.75, Lodging: $67.51.


9. Banff Sunshine, AB ($201.48)

Banff Sunshine offers 137 trails and 3,358 acres of skiable terrain in the Alberta, Canada area. All this terrain includes runs ranging from easy beginner runs to the most advanced of big mountain runs with powder galore. This includes Delirium Dive, which has been named one of the top 10 off-piste destinations in the world. The average yearly snowfall is 360 inches, so that means you are going to get pow day, after pow day, after pow day.

The cost breakdown looks like this:

Lift Ticket: $96.41, Gear Rental: $39.36, Lunch: $11.18, Lodging: $54.43.


8. Wildcat Mountain, NH ($201.21)

Wildcat has 48 trails and 225 acres of skiable terrain, in sometimes overlooked New Hampshire. The terrain ranges from beginner to expert with the majority of it being intermediate to expert level runs. What Wildcat may lack in skiable acreage, it makes up for in beauty. Wildcat is consistently ranked #1 for scenery in the east by Ski Magazine’s Resort Poll. The average yearly snowfall is 207 inches so that means you’re getting plenty of pow and not your stereotypical boiler plate east coast skiing.

The cost breakdown looks like this:

Lift Ticket: $85.00, Gear Rental: $49.00, Lunch: $12.25, Lodging: $54.96.


7. Crested Butte, CO ($198.82)

Crested Butte offers 121 runs and 1,547 acres of skiable terrain, and a relatively well-known name in the infamous Colorado. The terrain ranges from easier beginner runs to expert level runs, including bowls, chutes, cliffs, glades, and two terrain parks. A majority of the terrain is suited for the beginner to intermediate level skier. If you like powder, then Crested Butte has you covered; the average yearly snowfall is 300 inches.

The cost breakdown looks like this:

Lift Ticket: $71.00, Gear Rental: $32.76, Lunch: $11.00, Lodging: $84.06.


6. Taos Ski Valley, NM ($197.59)

Taos Ski Valley offers 110 trails and 1.294 acres of skiable terrain in New Mexico. The terrain ranges from easier beginner runs all the way up to expert level runs, with about half the resort being ideal for the beginner to intermediate skier. While Taos held out for quite some time, through 2008 in fact, they finally opened their lifts to snowboards as well as skiers, so everyone gets to enjoy this gem in the southwest. The average yearly snowfall is 305 inches, and Taos also averages more than 300 days of sunshine per year. That means it’s an ideal resort to go work on your goggle tan.

The cost breakdown looks like this:

Lift Ticket: $98.00, Gear Rental: $35.00, Lunch: $17.00, Lodging: $47.59.


5. Mont Tremblant, QC ($186.71)

Our good friends to the north in Quebec, Canada hit the list for the second time. Mont Tremblant offers 96 trails and 665 acres of skiable terrain. Mont Tremblant has runs that are fit for any ability level, from beginner to expert including 3 terrain parks. The average annual snowfall is 178 inches. They have over 1,000 snow guns which means if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, they can bring the winter conditions to you. The ski station here is one of the most sophisticated and powerful snow making systems in North America.

The cost breakdown looks like this:

Lift Ticket: $68.48, Gear Rental: $49.28, Lunch: $11.70, Lodging: $57.25.


4. Cranmore Mountain Resort, NH ($177.85)

Cranmore Mountain Resort is located in North Conway, New Hampshire, which was rated the #1 ski town in the US by “USA Today 10 Best Readers Choice in 2017”. Cranmore Mountain Resort offers 56 trails and 170 acres of skiable terrain. Runs range from beginner all the way up to expert level including one terrain park. The majority of those runs are geared toward beginner to intermediate level skiers. The average yearly snowfall 97 inches so Cranmore relies mostly on its snow making and grooming capabilities.

The cost breakdown looks like this:

Lift Ticket: $72.00, Gear Rental: $35.00, Lunch: $14.00, Lodging: $56.85.


3. Snow Summit, CA ($171.84)

Snow Summit offers 31 trails and 240 acres of skiable terrain in the always lovely California. Snow Summit has runs for every skier at any ability level, and two terrain parks. Snow Summit’s major claim to fame is that they were selected to host the inaugural Winter X Games in 1997. Snow Summit also offers plenty of fun activities for non skiers/snowboarders including tubing, and a rock climbing wall. The average yearly snowfall is 100 inches. Snow Summit also has some of the most consistent conditions in Southern California thanks to their extensive snow making system.

The cost breakdown looks like this:

Lift Ticket: $69.00, Gear Rental: $32.50, Lunch: $11.53, Lodging: $58.81.


2. Red Lodge Mountain, MT ($165.95)

Red Lodge Mountain in Montana offers 65 trails and groomed slopes including two terrain parks, 30 acres of advanced chute skiing, and 60 acres of glades for tree skiing. That’s about 1,600 acres of skiable terrain all together. There are runs for all skill levels, but the majority of the mountain is geared for intermediate to advanced skiers. The average yearly snowfall is 250 inches and on top of that Red Lodge Mountain has the largest capacity snow making system in the Northern Rockies.

The cost breakdown looks like this:

Lift Ticket: $55.00, Gear Rental: $39.00, Lunch: $9.98, Lodging: $61.97.


1. Bridger Bowl, MT ($159.57)

Montana makes another appearance on this list with Bridger Bowl, which offers 75 marked trails including a terrain park, plus many more unmarked trails and 2,000 acres of skiable terrain all together. Bridger Bowl offers terrain for skiers of all abilities from easier beginner runs all the way up to expert level runs, this includes the ridge terrain where an avalanche transceiver is required to access the terrain. The average yearly snowfall is 350 inches so get ready because you are going to get pow days here. Bridger Bowl has always been committed to providing the best possible ski experience at the most reasonable cost to the skier. And it really shows with them topping our list of most affordable ski destinations in North America.

The cost breakdown looks like this:

Lift Ticket: $60.00, Gear Rental: $40.00, Lunch: $11.23, Lodging: $48.34


Be sure to double check prices before you pick a place and head out since there are fluctuations depending on trip timing. And there are other factors that go into a ski vacation, but this list should be a great starting point for you to use when trying to plan out your next trip. Before you leave be sure to check out our Ski Travel Tips to travel like a true ski pro!

    4 Comments on 10 Affordable Ski Resorts to Visit on a Budget

    1. mike
      February 22, 2018 at 10:55 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks for putting this list together! I’m ready to plan my next trip

      Reply
      • Kate Jurcak
        February 23, 2018 at 11:18 am (3 years ago)

        Awesome! We’re glad we were able to help!

        Reply
    2. Ronald Dunaway
      April 15, 2019 at 1:28 am (2 years ago)

      Sunlight Mountain in Glenwood Springs CO should be on this list.
      $65 lift ticket
      $55 Lodging
      $25 Rentals
      Lunch under $10…
      No wait lift lines
      Gorgeous town of Glenwood Springs is another bonus…

      Reply
    3. Chaz wocell
      July 22, 2019 at 10:37 pm (2 years ago)

      I remember my mom(santa) giving me a choice of toys or season pass for Christmas.I naturally went and skied 110 days in the killington VT.The pass was Less than one day of today’s prices,but the ropetow kept my grandmother knitting new mittens all winter! Good times!

      Reply

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