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The Epic Pass is sold out. The IKON Pass? Gone. If you’re one of those ski bums who’s not so great at planning ahead and missed out on the season’s best multi-resort passes, don’t worry: we’ve got you covered.
For the right person, the Powder Alliance and Mountain Collective can both be good options that are still on the table, but if you’re more of a daytripper looking for a hot deal, these are the top resorts across North America where the terrain is steep and the prices cheap.
10. Sugarloaf, Maine
Single-day ticket: $99
Skiable terrain: 1,240 acres
Average snowfall: 200’’
Airbnb average rate: $239
Let’s preface this by saying that East Coast skiing is a racket. While no one ever said $99 for a day pass was a steal, at least it grants access to 1,240 acres of skiable terrain at Sugarloaf. Compared to other nearby mountains — where you’ll pay more for less — here you’ll find the only chairlift on the east of the Mississippi that’ll take you above tree line, which gives way to their signature Snowfields. Lift lines stay surprisingly short and the sidecountry area holds a stash of some of the best glades in the east.
Après: Things can get rowdy at The Rack. Just consider their slogan, “serving questionable locals … and those soon to be.”
9. Grand Targhee, Wyoming
Single-day ticket: $90
Skiable terrain: 2,000 acres
Average snowfall: 500’’
Airbnb average rate: $314
At first glance, Grand Targhee does not look cheap, but keep in mind that $90 gets you access to more powder than Tony Montana saw in his lifetime and the average Airbnb rate is heavily skewed due to a large amount of high-end properties (there are plenty of affordable options). With an outrageous 500’’ of snowfall annually, you’ll understand why we say it’s worth it when you’re ripping down wide-open trails with snow plastered all over your sh*t-eating grin.
Après: The Trap Bar and Grille is the place for local brews and live music while stuffing your face with their famous “Wydaho” nachos.
8. Jay Peak, Vermont
Single-day ticket: $89
Skiable terrain: 385 acres
Average snowfall: 350’’
Airbnb average rate: $163
Again … East Coast prices. But with more snow than any other resort in eastern North America and a very liberal in/out-of-bounds policy, Jay Peak delivers strong value to those who are stuck on the ice coast. They’ve got more than 100 acres of woods to rip around in, but also cater to all skill levels.
Après: The Bullwheel Bar is the spot to thaw out and swill some suds.
7. Silverton Mountain, Colorado
Single-day ticket: $79
Skiable terrain: 26,800 acres
Average snowfall: 400’’
Airbnb average rate: $216
For $79, Silverton delivers a high rate of return on ass-puckering terrain. We use the term “resort” lightly here, because this expert-only mountain is serviced by a single chairlift (as well as a helicopter) and is about as raw and rugged as skiing gets in the lower 48. Avalanche gear is required at all times and guides are available for hire. If you’re not into dropping cliffs and big mountain chutes, run the other way, little doggy.
Après: Head to Avalanche Brewing Company to throw a few back while waiting for adrenaline levels to drop.
6. Hoodoo Ski Area, Oregon
Single-day ticket: $54
Skiable terrain: 806 acres
Average snowfall: 350’’
Airbnb average rate: $139
Hoodoo isn’t the biggest mountain in the Cascades, but you really can’t beat $54 for a day of carving up untouched snow on the resort’s backside. What it lacks in size, Hoodoo more than makes up for in charm, with a laid-back vibe and much-welcomed change of pace from over-skied and overpriced resorts. Oh yeah, and they’ve got night skiing, so don’t go too hard at après because, contrary to popular belief, normal rules do apply on the mountain.
Après: Three Creeks Brewing is the local watering hole for some Hoodoo Voodoo IPA, or make the 20-mile drive into Bend and check out Deschutes Brewery’s Public House.
5. Mount Baldy, British Columbia
Single-day ticket: $42
Skiable terrain: 600 acres
Average snowfall: 250’’
Airbnb average rate: $180
You might think $42 (forty-two dollars!) means underwhelming conditions, but if you skip out on Mount Baldy, you’ll be sorry aboot it. The mountain boasts a ton of heart and a respectable amount of fresh powder — just ask this guy. With 360 acres of trails and another 240 acres in the woods, a full day here is money well spent (après might actually be the most expensive part of your day).
Après: Post up around the fireplace at the Baldy Bar and soak in the mountain’s relaxed ambience.
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