If you’re dreaming of a ski vacation in the United States this winter but don’t think you can afford it, you might want to consider one of these budget-friendly ski resorts. Many offer great runs, spectacular scenery and even fewer crowds – without the high cost.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort - Sandpoint, Idaho
This burgeoning ski resort destination in Northern Idaho is attempting to become the next Sun Valley, but fortunately for those who are looking for a quiet, intimate and inexpensive ski experience, it still has a long way to go. Voted as the “best-kept secret in North America” by Ski Magazine, this uncrowded gem has nearly 3,000 skiable acres and 95 trails, as well as open bowl skiing. It gets about 300 inches of snow a year, and in addition to downhill skiing, it offers Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cat skiing. Plus there is a rustic, European-style village in which to base your stay, while nearby Sandpoint is also quite a charming place to spend a little time. In Sandpoint, you’ll find numerous shopping and dining venues, including dozens of eclectic shops downtown.