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Ski season is upon us, and all our 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 less than $100.

Whether you’re on the West Coast, the East Coast, or anywhere in between — we hope this 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 listen to them from any mountain you decide to conquer!

Ski Resorts on the West Coast

Washington

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

Oregon

Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge is found in the region of Mount Hood, just an hour south of Hood River, and less than two hours away from Portland, Oregon.

Lift Ticket Rates:

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

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

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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.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

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

Mt. Ashland offers a “Mountain Fun Guarantee” which states that if you are not completely satisfies 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.

 

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California

Mt. Shasta Ski Park

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

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.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

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

*All Homewood lift tickets purchased online vary by day, and increase with demand*

 

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Sugar Bowl

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

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

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

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.

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

Ski Resorts around the Rockies

Colorado

Echo Mountain

Just an hour west of Denver, Colorado 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, 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

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Although Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish is one of the top ski areas in Montana, 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

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.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

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

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.

Wyoming

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.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

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

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.

 

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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.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

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

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

Utah

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

Vermont

Smuggler’s Notch Resort

Our first stop on the East Coast takes us to Smuggler’s Notch ski area 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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Suicide Six

Suicide 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

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: 0-6 Free
  • Adult Season Ticket Cost: $449

 

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Pennsylvania

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.

Full-Day Lift Ticket Rates:

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

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.

New Hampshire

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

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 cabin right by your favorite resort.

Day-Pack Necessities

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 Ride 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 making a comeback, 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