Last year,’s most affordable ski towns list ruffled some feathers in the Unofficial Networks community due to it being too focused on smaller towns on the East Coast and Midwest, which feature tiny ski areas. This year, made a better list that represents places where skiers would actually move to.

In a list called 14 Great Ski Towns You’ve Never Heard Of (That Are Affordable for Buying a Home), ranked some skiing destinations which feature great skiing with reasonable home values. Obviously, there are no places like Aspen on this list, but there are some good options like Anaconda, Kellogg, and Rutland.

I’d generally say this is a better list than last year, but there are still some flaws. Mankato, Minnesota is only near the small Mt. Kato, a ski area with only nineteen trails. Their defense to this is that Mankato is a bustling college town, which I think is fair. Also, I think Lincoln is not exactly a lesser-known ski town for people in the Northeast, and it struggles with traffic issues. The list from is below…

1. Rutland, Vermont

2. Ellicottville, New York

3. Kingfield, Maine

4. Lincoln, New Hampshire

5. Tannersville, New York

6. Hurley, Wisconsin

7. Mankato, Minnesota

8. Boyne City, Michigan

9. Mt. Shasta, California

10. La Pine, Oregon

11. Sandy, Oregon

12. Anaconda, Montana

  • Median listing price: $300,000
  • Closest ski resort: Discovery

13. Kellogg, Idaho

14. Ruidoso, New Mexico

  • Median listing price: $365,000
  • Closest ski resort: Ski Apache

Image Credits:, Killington Resort, Holiday Valley Resort, Sugarloaf Mountain, Loon Mountain Resort, Hunter Mountain Resort, Snowriver Mountain Resort, Mount Kato Ski AreaBoyne Mountain Resort, Mt. Shasta Ski Park, Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Discovery, Silver Mountain Resort, Ski Apache

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