Skiing is a notoriously expensive hobby. The equipment, the clothing, the $12 beers — all in addition to the cost of getting on the hill. For those lacking a season pass, planning a trip to the mountain is an intimidating prospect. Getting on the gondola at Aspen can cost you over $150. Lift tickets at some resorts have gotten so expensive that prices are hard to even find on their websites.
Fortunately, there are more affordable options, some even leaving enough in your wallet to splurge on après ski. As with most tips for saving money on a ski trip, finding these budget-friendly options comes down to thorough research, which we’ve done for you. A few resorts offer prices dipping to about one-third of what top-tier resorts charge to get on the hill — which, when coupled with readily available lodging deals and off-peak season travel, puts the overall investment on-par with a typical summer road trip. We’ve got the lowdown below.