North America is home to some of the most famous skiing and snowboarding in the world. From the legendary snowfall in British Colombia to the dormant volcanoes in Washington State and Oregon, or even east to the rolling mountains and charming ski villages of Vermont, there’s a wide variety of terrain, difficulty, and vibes from one resort to the next. With such an astounding assortment of hills to check out and the growing interest in hitting the slopes, prices have begun to rise and resort accommodation has become increasingly unaffordable. But fear not! We’ve compiled the best places to ski in North America to help keep skiing affordable and get you out enjoying the snow instead of sitting inside with the winter blues. Keep scrolling to see the most budget friendly places to stay on your skiing adventure!
Breckenridge comes to life in the winter. There are events throughout the city and on the nearby hills, including professional ski and snowboard competitions that will have you on the edge of your seat, and the International Snow Sculpture Championships. There are over ten resorts around Breckenridge, so you can try out many different hills and chase the snowfall, after all, variety is the spice of life!
The Bivvi combines a rustic mountain cabin vibe with cosy luxury. They serve a hearty free breakfast every morning to fuel you up for a day of riding, and then set up you up with some après-ski Colorado Micro Brews and select wine in the lounge space. There’s also an outdoor fire pit and hot tub for maximum relaxation purposes.
Jackson is a mecca for skiers and snowboarders everywhere. Three massive ski resorts have made it the perfect place to come for an authentic ski town experience. Between Jackson Hole, Snow King, and Grand Targhee, there is a variety of terrain for all skill levels, so you’ll be able to progress at your own pace. These mountains are truly legendary and Jackson is the perfect place to relax after a day a big day on the slopes!
The Hostel is located in Teton Village, among the expensive resorts at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This rustic hostel gives you the opportunity to be right on the hill, mingling with travellers from around the world, without paying the high resort prices.
Park City, Utah
Park City is surrounded by ski areas that are a 5 minute to 3 hour drive from the city. There are perfect hills for beginners to experts, so everyone can be happy and safe! Park City Mountain Resort is the largest of the Utah ski resorts, but that doesn’t mean that world-class resorts like Powder Mountain, Alta, or Snowbird should be ignored. Keep an eye out for events at the various ski hills and be sure to check out the different bars for a nice après-ski (there’s often live music!).
Park City Hostel is the perfect haven for backpackers, adventurers, athletes, groups, and serious powder hounds. It’s literally five minutes away from the largest ski area in the US, so you don’t have to rush in the mornings! After a long day of riding, you’ll love to come back to the relaxed feel of this mountain hostel.
Less than half an hour away from Mount Bachelor, Bend, Oregon is an ideal city to enjoy some authentic mountain town vibes. It’s spotted with microbreweries, cosy cafes, and tasty restaurants that are perfect before and after ski day stop-offs. Even more enticing is that Mount Bachelor is a dormant volcano and friendly for all skill levels, so you get the cool factor whether you’re riding greens or double blacks!
How could you not love a place that gives its guests free check-in beer? Bunk+Brew has it all: history, a cosy atmosphere, close to the mountains, and a shuttle to Mount Bachelor to make your life just that much easier.
Bozeman is about an hour’s drive away from the towering slopes of Big Sky Resort. This mountain town has a relaxing vibe and an eclectic selection of activities to enjoy. There’s plenty to explore downtown including coffee shops and tea houses, craft breweries, ski shops, and local artwork. Big Sky Resort is known for its vast terrain and endless blue sky that make any crowds and traffic disappear… so what are you waiting for!?
Treasure State Hostel is perfect for anyone looking to get into the mountains without paying resort prices. It’s clean, has a friendly atmosphere, and is located right downtown, which is pretty hard to beat. You might even make some ski buddies; just remember, there’s no friends of pow days!
Portland has its quirks, and that’s why we love it. It offers the best of both worlds: four ski hills within a two-hour drive and a city with a completely unique atmosphere. Since all the ski hills are so close, it’s super easy to try them all out, ride a variety of terrain, and decide which is your favourite. Once you’re back in Portland, there’s countless craft and microbreweries for a delicious après-ski.
Travelers House is all about friendliness and cleanliness, and it’s also super cosy; pretty much everything you could ask for after a day on the slopes! It’s also centrally located for a nice après with your fellow travellers, where you can talk about your best turns of the day.
Eastern ski hills are often forgotten about as they are generally smaller and have less variation in terrain; however, what they may lack in those regards, they make up in character, beauty, and community. Burlington is about an hour away from Sugarbush Resort, which has a cosy village at the base and fun community events throughout the winter. Check it out for an awesome place to build your skills or have a family friendly winter vacation 😁.
Burlington Hostel is another hostel that’s perfect for chilling out in-between ski days. It has friendly staff and is nearby coffee shops, food stores, yoga studios, and many Burlington events and attractions. It’s the perfect way to enjoy Sugarbush Resort without breaking the bank.
Whistler, British Colombia
Whistler Blackcomb is a world-renowned destination for action sports no matter what time of year it is. As the largest ski area in North America, it’s needless to say that there is plenty to ride for any skill level. The skiing is amazing, and the spectacle continues in Whistler village among the restaurants, bars, and nightclubs filled with people looking to have great time. Whistler is truly the ultimate winter getaway destination.
Hi Whistler is located Creekside, which is a quieter part of Whistler. The village is only a short trip away, and you’ll likely appreciate having a bit of distance from the busy promenades. The best part of Hi Whistler? It’s essentially ski in-ski out from the Creekside Gondola, which means less time walking in your gear and more time enjoying the snow!
Banff is the ultimate ski town. Nakiska, Norquay, Sunshine Village, and Lake Louise are within an hour’s drive, and there are shuttle services to the latter three. Banff also has gorgeous hot springs, a vibrant food/drink scene, and bumping nightlife.
Samesun Banff is in the perfect location to experience everything Banff has to offer. You’ll be walking distance from all the shopping, pubs, and night clubs, while still having easy access to the mountains! You’ll love returning to the cosy atmosphere after an exhilarating day in the snow.
Fernie, British Colombia
Fernie is famous for its snowfall and amazing terrain. This small mountain city has a tight knit community on and off the hill, making for a great feel in the lift lines, on the slopes, and in the pub after a day of ripping. There are also a couple unreal local food spots that you’ll have to ask your hostel staff for. If you want some variety (although you probably won’t need more), Kimberley Alpine Resort is just over an hour away too.
The Raging Elk International Hostel is surrounded by towering mountain peaks in every direction you look. They live by the motto “spend a night, not a fortune”, which is evident by the après-ski prices at their new Kodiak Lounge. It’s the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the surrounding resorts.
Revelstoke, British Colombia
Revelstoke is the epitome of a ski town. Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts North America’s greatest vertical at 1,713 metres (5,620 ft); in other words, you’re pretty ready to take a break on the chairlift at the end of each run! It’s also known for the massive amount of snowfall it gets and being slightly warmer than resorts that are further east.
Poppi’s is in a great location to explore the city of Revelstoke. All the rooms are private, but without the pricing of a hotel, and there’s plenty of communal space to meet fellow travellers. It even includes a pass to the aquatic centre where you can enjoy the indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, and steam room after a day on the hill.
Kelowna, British Colombia
Kelowna is generally associated with hot summers, wine, and lake days; but there are also three ski hills within two hours of the city. Silverstar, Big White, and Apex resorts each have a variety of terrain for all skill levels, have great community feels, and have cute villages that make the coffee between runs taste that much better.
Samesun Kelowna is centrally located among all of Kelowna’s amenities. It’s spacious and clean, has free breakfast, and offers plenty of entertainment for when you’re off the hill. Plus, they have a hot tub!
Vancouver, British Colombia
Vancouver, the host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, has four amazing ski hills within a two-hour drive (one of which is Whistler, mentioned above). It’s another city that’s ideal for travellers who want to hit the slopes but are also looking for some city buzz rather than a smaller ski town. Skiing Grouse Mountain gives you great views of the city, which is a rare sight from a ski hill!
Samesun Vancouver is located in downtown Vancouver among numerous restaurants and pubs, and it even has a bar of its own so there’s no need to go far for the après-ski celebrations. There’s also free breakfast in the mornings to get you fuelled up for your day in the snow.
Mont-Tremblant is another eastern ski hill that shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s the largest resort in eastern North America and has the character to match. The colourful pedestrian village is a magical sight as it becomes blanketed in snow through the winter. Mont-Tremblant is a perfect hill for a family ski trip or couple’s getaway.
Hi Mont-Tremblant is the perfect place to call home while exploring Mont-Tremblant and the surrounding areas. It’s fifteen minutes down the road from the ski resort, so you won’t need to rush for first chair in the mornings, and you’ll be able to enjoy a drink by the fireplace in no time once you’ve had your turns for the day!