For many, ski vacations are becoming an increasingly expensive and exorbitant experience. Between lodging, transportation and lift tickets, it’s easy to rack up a thousand dollar tab before the buffalo wings arrive at your table.
If you don’t have the deep pockets to afford Beaver Creek or Deer Valley, don’t fret. It’s just like Thomas Jefferson once said– location, location, location. Considering proximity to major airports, affordable lodging and reasonable window prices for lift tickets, we have compiled three places you can still ski for a couple of days under $500.
Loveland, CO: 2 night stay, 3 days skiing
One of the closest ski areas to Denver, Loveland is a welcomed change from the ritzy and more expensive areas on the I-70 corridor. Loveland Ski Area has serious terrain, free snowcat skiing and an impressive 400” snow average. Not to mention, it’s only an hour drive from the Denver International Airport.
Lift Ticket Price: $65
Airbnb Per Night: $55
Sandia Peak, NM: 4 Nights, 5 Days
Many skiers are surprised to learn New Mexico’s largest city Albuquerque is also home to a world record aerial tram and a small ski area tucked away in the Sandia Mountains. The accessibility of Sandia Peak is incredible, as the tram takes you right from the foothills to the 10,387 feet summit. Albuquerque may not strike you as a great ski destination, but considering the low-cost and opportunity to experience New Mexico’s celebrated culture, this is almost a no brainer.
Lift Ticket Price: $55
Airbnb Per Night: $40
Bogus Basin, ID: 3 Nights, 4 Days
Under 25 miles from the airport, Bogus Basin in Boise, ID is a respectable ski area known for its close proximity to a major airport. Fly into Boise in the morning and you can be on the hill and skiing within an hour or two of arrival. When you’re done making turns, enjoy apres at one of the many colorful bars of downtown Boise. The combined prices of lodging, lift tickets and transportation are certainly anything but BOGUS.
Lift Ticket Price: $62
Airbnb Per Night: $45