For most of us, one of the biggest considerations when planning a ski trip is how much it’s going to cost. Not all of us can afford to stay ski-in ski-out at one of the mega-resorts, buy lift tickets at the window, and eat on the mountain.
To get the best bang for your buck, it’s going to take some budget planning. Holidu, the search engine for vacation rentals, has carried out a study to determine which US ski resorts offer the least expensive trips without having to sacrifice on the slopes this season. To accomplish this, they evaluated the prices of more than 500 ski resorts in the United States, and those with over 50miles of slopes were considered. To compile the ski price index, they calculated the average price per person per day in both high and low seasons for the ski pass and accommodations.
Here are the cheapest nine ski resorts in the USA for those on a budget:
9. Mt. Bachelor, OR – $132 (average per person per day; ski pass + accommodation)
8. Mission Ridge, WA – $125
7. Sugarloaf, ME – $117
6. Mt. Baker, WA – $112
5. Purgatory, CO – $110
4. Alta, UT – $109
3. Mt. Hood Meadows, OR – $103
2. Schweitzer, ID – $78
1. Powder Mountain, UT – $74
The final Ski Price Index data highlights that:
- Powder Mountain in Utah took first prize as the least expensive slopes for skiing
- Utah, Washington, Oregon, & Colorado all claim 2 resorts within the top 10!
- Sugarloaf is the best bang for your buck with the lowest cost per km of skiable slopes
5 thoughts on “Top 9 Most Budget Friendly Ski Resorts in the USA”
Bought a season pass in the alps for $350, covers 7 large resorts. That’s like less than 3 days at Flail, right.
Alta $109, must be something wrong. Alta is a high end resort. No cheap lodging and day pass must be close to $200.
Schweitzer went triple digits last year.
One of the reasons these resorts are “budget friendly” is they are very difficult to get to. So, what you save in resort prices you make for in travel expenses.
Nice try. PowMow hasn’t been that cheap in years. It’s over $100, if you buy online, in advance.