For someone who pictures those who ski as Austrian oligarchy in fur coats and white ski pants effortlessly gliding down the mountain then we have some news for you.
While ritzy ski resorts can cost a pretty penny, there are options out there that let you hit the slopes with the best of them for the price of a trip to the boondocks.
Head to one of these 5 incredible ski towns to get a million dollar experience that every family can enjoy.
1. Powder Mountain
There is nothing like fresh snowfall on the slopes to get the perfect ski and snowboarding conditions imaginable.
Mother Nature doesn’t always feel empathetic toward your vacation plans leaving you to begrudgingly slide down a giant slushy, but not at Powder Mountain!
This popular ski resort in Utah, between Eden and Paradise, gets a beautiful 500 inches of powdered snow (hence the name of the resort) every year!
And you get to ski like you are on clouds for a mere $74 per person each day on average, according to Travel and Leisure– for ski passes and accommodations!
2. Schweitzer Mountain
Sandpoint, Idaho is not on the typical person’s bucket list but you are going to want to make some adjustments if you like to ski.
Schweitzer Mountain in Sandpoint is only an average of $78 a day per person to access all 2,900 acres of rugged terrain in the Selkirk Mountains.
Twilight skiing is a must at this winter paradise. And if you would rather spend the evening with your spouse, take advantage of “kids night out” where you drop the kiddos off at the resorts premium child center so you all can have fun.
3. Sugarloaf Mountain
Maine is known for their epic ski conditions and massive snowfall, but also for the big price tag that comes with high end resorts.
However, it only costs $120 a person to ski one of the best slopes on the East Coast- Sugarloaf Mountain.
“Sugarloaf is the best bang for your buck with the lowest cost per km of skiable slopes,” Holidu noted.
4. Hood Meadows
Oregon, home of Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort, is a bit out of the way for most US citizens but is well worth a trip if you want to ski like a pro for novice prices.
The average daily cost to ski is $87 a person, which is nothing compared to the average daily price of the famous Vail, Colorado ski resort that runs almost $400 a person.
If it is your first time on the slopes you can get professional ski or snowboard lessons for a little over $100 more, which is definitely worth spending more time on your feet than your bottom.
Mt. Baker in Washington may be cold and snowy in the winter but it is the perfect destination for those looking for these exact conditions to hit the slopes.
Mount St. Helens is well-known for being the top thermally active crater in the cascade range but Mt. Baker is number two on the list of thermally active craters.
The third highest mountain in Washington, Mt. Baker, offers more than just natural wonders, it gives every individual an incredible ski experience and breathtaking views for only an average of $75 a day.
Getting outdoors for vacation is becoming increasingly popular with all the mask mandates and COVID restrictions.
And while many outdoor destinations are more popular in the summer for the array of activities like hiking and kayaking, getting outdoors in the winter is healthy for the mind, body and soul- and helps you get around being bullied for not complying with tyrannical rules violating your rights.