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Ski Vacations On the Cheap

Ski Vacations On the Cheap

Let’s face it; skiing is not one of your more inexpensive hobbies. It’s not like hiking where you can buy a pair of hiking shoes, perhaps a walking stick, and just start hiking a trail. With skiing you have your special clothes, your special equipment, lessons, accommodations, lift tickets, etc. It can get quite pricey. But, you’d be amazed at what a little scaling back or research can save you. What are some of the ways you can cut down on the cost of your ski vacation?

Location

Let’s start with the location. You don’t have to go Aspen. You don’t have to go to Park City. You don’t have to go to Tahoe. If skiing’s what you really want to do, try skiing in your own back yard and save some change. There are numerous lesser-known ski areas in many states that don’t have the bells and whistles or the status attached to them, thus they’re cheaper. And, if you can drive to them you can save yourself costly airfare.

For example, if you live in Southern California, save money by going to one of the fine ski areas within driving distance, such as Mountain High in Wrightwood, just a 90-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles, or just over 2 hours from San Diego. That’s right; you can ski all day in the mountains, and have dinner on the beach. Another close ski area is Mt. Baldy. And that’s just a 45-minute drive from Los Angeles.

Packages

Scour the internet for ski vacation packages that include your lodging, lift tickets, lessons, rentals, and, if possible, some meals.

Meals

Yes, it’s really nice to ski all day and feast at night on filet mignon and a nice bottle of Cabernet. However, if you’re on a budget and you just gotta ski, skip the expensive meal and go for a cheaper diner or fast-food restaurant. You can probably pick up a tasty burger for the cost of the tip at the fancy restaurant. And, if you want an inexpensive bottle of red wine to go with that burger, try picking up a less-expensive bottle of wine at home and bringing it with you.

Lodging

Yes, there’s nothing like a condo at the ski resort where you can practically begin skiing from your back door. But, talk about sticker shock! Lodging at ski resorts can be expensive. Try staying at a hotel or motel a few-minutes-drive away. Or, cheaper yet, consider staying at a ski hostel.

There’s an abundance of hostels across America near popular ski resorts at incredibly low prices. While it’s true many of the rooms are dorm rooms with shared bathrooms, if it’s a cheap ski vacation you want, hostels are the way to go. And, with many hostels, you can have family rooms or private rooms for a few extra dollars.

Hostels allow you to go to the prime ski areas on the cheap. For example, if you want to take a Ski Vacation to Breckenridge in Colorado, …

The 5 Best Places to Ski in Colorado

The 5 Best Places to Ski in Colorado

You can travel the world over, but it is hard to find a better ski vacation destination than the state of Colorado. The ski resorts in the Rocky Mountain state are among the best in the world, offering that perfect combination of challenge, fun and lush scenery.

But what are the best places to ski in Colorado? And will every resort cost you an arm and a leg just to purchase a lift ticket?

The following killer Colorado ski destinations represent not only the best places in the state to hit the slopes, but also some of the most gorgeous vistas anywhere in North America.

You can spend a lifetime visiting everywhere there is to ski in Colorado, but let’s get started with five of the best!

The 5 Best Ski Destinations in Colorado

#1: Arapahoe Ski Basin

Located in the White River National Forest in Colorado Rocky Mountains, the Arapahoe Basin is known throughout the world for some of the most magnificent Alpine skiing available. The ski season at Arapahoe runs long, allowing skiers to take advantage of the slopes until June – while most other resort areas close down during May. You can choose from three large ski lodge structures in Arapahoe – each offering a variety of difficulty levels and vistas.

#2: Snowmass

Close by the skiing Mecca of Aspen, Colorado is Snowmass, perhaps the most well-known ski resort in the United States. The mountains of Snowmass span over 3,000 acres and offer a complex union of top skiing that meets the needs of competitive skiers and novices alike. Staying at the Snowmass Resort is an experience in and of itself, offering five-star accommodations and all the amenities of the finest hotels in the world.

#3: Steamboat

Nestled on the gorgeous Mount Werner in the Routt National Forest, Steamboat Ski Resort is one of Colorado’s oldest and most advanced ski areas. Well over 80% of the ski trails at Steamboat are classified as intermediate or higher level – so bring your “A” game when you come to Steamboat.

#4: Telluride

Telluride Ski Resort is a serious destination for committed lovers of the sport. Located in one of the most remote areas of Colorado, Telluride is an all-inclusive resort free of “weekend warriors” and quick overnight drop-ins from nearby cities. As for the skiing at Telluride, it doesn’t get any better in Colorado, with three of the top ski areas in the country: Prospect Bowl, Black Iron Bowl and Revelation Bowl.

#5: Vail

While certainly not a contestant in the “best value” category, Vail remains high on the list of “places to ski before you die.” What makes Vail such an incredible destination is the anchor of the city – The Vail Ski Resort. The single largest ski resort in the United States, Vail has enough difficult slopes to keep advanced skiers busy for years, but also features a considerable number of beginner and intermediate areas as well.

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