It’s a great feeling whenever the first snow falls, letting you know that ski season has arrived. However, seasoned riders know full well that both skiing and snowboarding can turn into quite an expensive hobby. At VacationRenter, we’re on a mission to make your winter getaways as easy and affordable as possible, and in an effort to do so, we’re sharing all the best places to hit the slopes for around $100.

Whether you’re on the West Coast, East Coast, or anywhere in between — we hope this guide will help you find a ski resort at a reasonable price in a state you love. Then, when you’re ready to hit the slopes, don’t forget to use our day-pack checklist for all your mountain necessities. You can also download our ski and snowboarding Spotify playlists, so you can jam out while bombing down a run!

Ski Resorts on the West Coast

The Pacific states might be more well known for their beaches, wine, and laid-back vibe. While those are all great draws, what sometimes gets overshadowed is their world-class ski mountains. From Washington, down through Oregon, and into California, a trip to one of these mountains may just rejigger your view of the West Coast. A trip here means packing layered clothing since the weather can change (usually for the better) throughout the day. Skiing in a t-shirt? Sign us up!

Washington Ski Resorts

Mt. Baker Ski Area

Located about an hour south of the Canadian border, you’ll find Mt. Baker Ski Area in Bellingham, Washington.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

    • Adult Day Pass Cost: $75.46
    • Kids Day Pass Cost: $47.22
    • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $949

 

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The Summit at Snoqualmie

Just an hour away from Seattle, you’ll find The Summit in the area known as Snoqualmie Pass, Washington.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $72
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $38
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $429

 

 

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Crystal Mountain

Roughly two hours south of Seattle is Crystal Mountain Ski Resort located in Enumclaw, Washington.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $110
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $60
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $980

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Oregon Ski Resorts

Mount Hood

Oregon’s grandest peak, Mt. Hood is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders of all ages. Not only does Mt. Hood boast the Pacific Northwest’s largest vertical terrain with 3,690 vertical feet, and has 36 fully lit runs, making it the largest night ski area in the United States — but it also features the only ski-in, ski-out accommodations in the state at the Timberline Lodge. Maybe the best part of all is that this mountain is conveniently located just 90 minutes from Portland International Airport and the city of Portland itself.

Fun fact: Timberline Lodge is the only ski area in the country that offers skiing all year round.

Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $114
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $67
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $949

 

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Mt. Ashland Ski Area

Close to the border of Oregon and California is Mt. Ashland Ski Area, in the town of Ashland, Oregon. Mt. Ashland offers a “Mountain Fun Guarantee” which states that if you are not completely satisfied with the ski conditions within 45 minutes of purchasing your ticket, you can obtain a voucher with the same value for another day in the season.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $64
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $54
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $549

 

 

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California Ski Resorts

Mt. Shasta Ski Park

Mt. Shasta Ski Park is on the north end of the Golden State, nestled in between Mount Shasta and McCloud.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $79
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $34
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $599

 

 

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Homewood Mountain Resort

In the famous Northern Californian region of Lake Tahoe, Homewood Mountain Resort lies in the small town of Homewood, California. Keep in mind that all Homewood lift tickets purchased online vary by day, and increase with demand.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $76
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $45
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $999

 

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Sugar Bowl

Also located on the north side of Lake Tahoe is Sugar Bowl, in the locale of Norden, California.

Pro tip: for more advanced riders, you can access Sugar Bowl’s less crowded backcountry for less than $50. A 1-Day Up & Out Ticket grants you two lift rides up Sugar Bowl’s backcountry.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $95
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $58
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $889

The mountain forest After heavy snowfall, Sugar Bowl Sky Resort, California.

Looking for more information on these great West Coast ski resorts? Check out our complete guide to West Coast ski resorts.

Ski Resorts near the Rockies

Continually classified as some of the best mountains in the continental U.S., let alone the world, you’d have difficulty finding better mountains to compare. Some resorts in Colorado experience an average of nearly 400 inches — or 33 feet — of snowfall, while other years it can exceed 50 feet! Couple that up with an average of 300 days of sunshine, and you’ll be having trouble not smiling while zipping down a powdery run in no time.

Colorado Ski Resorts

Echo Mountain

Just an hour west of Denver lies the quaint town of Idaho Springs; there you’ll find Echo Mountain, a spot that prides itself in being the most affordable ski resort in the area.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $65
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $40
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $350

 

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Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain sits on the ski area’s namesake city of Copper Mountain, Colorado, about 75 miles away from Denver.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $79
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $99
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $889

 

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Wolf Creek

Last on our Colorado ski radar is Wolf Creek in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, which upholds a reputation for getting the most snow in the entire state.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $82
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $41
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $963

 

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Montana Ski Resorts

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Although Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Montana is one of the top ski areas in the state, lift tickets remain at an affordable rate!

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $89
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $45
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $1025

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Bridger Bowl Ski Area

Another popular, yet affordable ski resort in the Rocky Mountains is Bridger Bowl Ski Area, located in the snowy city of Bozeman, Montana.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $69
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $28
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $750

 

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Idaho Ski Resorts

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Sandwiched right in between Washington and Montana, you’ll find Schweitzer Mountain Resort in the city of Sandpoint, Idaho.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $100
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $60
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $1299

 

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Brundage Mountain

Next on our affordable ski list is Brundage Mountain in McCall, Idaho.

Brundage offers a “Snow Check Guarantee” allowing you to buy a lift ticket at the window, then test a couple runs on the mountain to feel out the conditions. If you’re not happy with the snow conditions within one hour of purchasing your lift pass, you can return to the ticketing window to get a “snow check” for the value of your ticket, so you can use it on another day during the season.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $80
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $34
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $549

A snowy scene covering trees and the lift at Brundage Mountain ski resort, McCall, Idaho.

Wyoming Ski Resorts

Grand Targhee Ski Resort

In the peaks of the Grand Teton Mountain Range is Grand Targhee Ski Resort in Alta, about an hour away from Jackson, Wyoming.

Although holiday rates fall on the higher end of our budget, it’s definitely worth the mention. Aside from skiing and snowboarding, visitors can go on a snowmobile backcountry tour to Yellowstone National Park, offered by Teton Valley Adventures. These guided tours include everything you need for a backcountry winter adventure, including a snowmobile suit, boots, a helmet, and electric hand warmers.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $93-$115
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $42-$49
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $1299

 

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Snow King Mountain

Commonly frequented by locals living in Jackson, Wyoming, the ski area of Snow King Mountain is a great destination for Jackson visitors who want to take a day trip to the slopes.

You can purchase a Big King Pass, which gives you unlimited access to the Cowboy Coaster, King Tubes, and day-to-night skiing for only $125!

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $75
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $50
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $699

Utah Ski Resorts

Powder Mountain

First up in Utah, in the town of Eden, check out Powder Mountain about an hour north of Salt Lake City.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $110
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $68
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $895

 

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Eagle Point Resort

Tucked away in the ridges of Beaver, Utah, is Eagle Point Resort.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $75
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $55
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $599
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Brian Head Resort

About an hour and a half away from Kanab in the city of Brian Head, Utah, you can experience the slopes of Brian Head Resort.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $63
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $39
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $999

Looking for more information on these great ski resorts by the Rockies? Check out our complete guide to ski resorts around the Rockies.

Ski Resorts on the East Coast

The youngest sibling of the best skiing regions in the US, the East Coast may not quite measure up to the Rockies or the West Coast mountain ranges in size. But these mountains still get a lot of snow, especially in Vermont, and historically have offered some of the best rates for those looking to ski or board on a budget.

Vermont Ski Resorts

Smuggler’s Notch Resort

Our first stop on the East Coast takes us to Smuggler’s Notch ski area — or “Smuggs,” to the locals — in Jeffersonville, Vermont.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $84
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $63
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: N/A

 

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Saskadena Six

Saskadena Six is America’s oldest ski resort, less than 10 minutes away from Woodstock, Vermont.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $44
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $44
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $599

New Jersey Ski Resorts

Mountain Creek Resort

In New Jersey you can ski for a reasonable price at Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon Township.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $99
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: Six-year-olds and under are admitted for free
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $449

 

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Pennsylvania Ski Resorts

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Seven Springs Mountain Resort is located in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, about an hour and a half south of Pittsburgh.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $81
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $63
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $675
      • Adult (Weekday): $69
      • Adult (Weekend): $89
      • Adult (Holiday): $93

 

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Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain is located in the town of Tannersville, but you can easily find vacation rentals in the Camelback Mountain region itself.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $62
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $62
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $899

 

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Shawnee Mountain

For anyone planning to visit Philadelphia in the winter and want to squeeze in a ski trip, drive two hours out of Philly to East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, to check out Shawnee Mountain

If your little ones are too young to ski, Shawnee also offers Camp Shawnee babysitting services for $50 per day (or $6 per hour). In-resort babysitting services are hard to come by, so this is definitely a good find.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $57
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $38
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $500

New Hampshire Ski Resorts

Cannon Mountain

We’re wrapping up our long list of budget-friendly ski resorts in New Hampshire, with the second to last ski resort being Cannon Mountain in Franconia, New Hampshire.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $89
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $66
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $839

 

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Mount Sunapee

Last but certainly not least, East Coast skiers and snowboarders can visit Mount Sunapee in Newbury, New Hampshire.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

      • Adult Day Pass Cost: $78
      • Kids Day Pass Cost: $52
      • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $739

 

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Start your ski season off on the right foot — or left, depending on how you ride — by visiting one of these affordable resorts! Allow us to help you find a vacation rental or a cabin right by your favorite resort.

Ski Trip Necessities: What to Carry on the Mountain

If you’re comfortable skiing or snowboarding with a backpack, fanny pack, or hydration pack, here’s a checklist of things to bring with you! These are all optional, but trust us, they’ll come in handy and save you some cash on the slopes.

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Playlists You Can Ski To

There’s something so incredible about feeling the stoke while riding down the mountain to your favorite songs. We want you to be as excited as we are about ski season, so we’re sharing three editor’s pick playlists for this particular occasion. Follow VacationRenter on Spotify to access these playlists anytime, but we’d suggest downloading each playlist to your phone so you can still enjoy some tunes if you lose service on the mountain.

Funky and Soulful Ski House
Snowboard Pump Up
Ride to Riddim and R&B