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Best places for an affordable ski vacation in US and Canada

The Active Times Logo By Kaitlin Miller of The Active Times | Slide 1 of 21: Skiing can be an entertaining but expensive wintertime activity. Some of the most popular North American ski resorts with the biggest name recognition also boast the steepest price tags. Lodging and lift tickets alone can add up to thousands of dollars for a family ski vacation, making a winter mountain getaway cost-prohibitive for many. However, if you look beyond the big names and hot destinations, there are plenty of charming mountain towns in the U.S. and Canada with cheap lift fares and affordable hotel rates.To narrow down these locations, we compared 2019 survey data on the most expensive ski resorts from CheapHotels.org and 2018-19 data from HomeToGo about the average price of ski rentals, lift tickets, food and accommodations at 50 affordable ski resorts.These destinations come in near or below the average price of a peak-season one-day adult lift ticket in the United States, which was $94 in 2018, according to ski magazine Snow-Online.com. And while even the least expensive double room at Deer Valley, the most expensive ski resort based on lodging, cost more than $500 per night during 2019’s peak ski season, the average price per person for lodging or vacation rentals clocks in around $100 or less on average at these more thrifty places.

Best Places for an Affordable Ski Vacation in America and Canada

Skiing can be an entertaining but expensive wintertime activity. Some of the most popular North American ski resorts with the biggest name recognition also boast the steepest price tags. Lodging and lift tickets alone can add up to thousands of dollars for a family ski vacation, making a winter mountain getaway cost-prohibitive for many. However, if you look beyond the big names and hot destinations, there are plenty of charming mountain towns in the U.S. and Canada with cheap lift fares and affordable hotel rates.

To narrow down these locations, we compared 2019 survey data on the most expensive ski resorts from CheapHotels.org and 2018-19 data from HomeToGo about the average price of ski rentals, lift tickets, food and accommodations at 50 affordable ski resorts.

These destinations come in near or below the average price of a peak-season one-day adult lift ticket in the United States, which was $94 in 2018, according to ski magazine Snow-Online.com. And while even the least expensive double room at Deer Valley, the most expensive ski resort based on lodging, cost more than $500 per night during 2019’s peak ski season, the average price per person for lodging or vacation rentals clocks in around $100 or less on average at these more thrifty places.

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