You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a fun skiing vacation. HostelBookers.com has lodges and hostels well located near some of the big USA ski runs. Some of our ski vacation lodges even have Jacuzzis, hot tubs and shared kitchens so you can have even more fun in your accommodation without the need to go out. Save money on your bed and you’ll be able to spend all the more on the après ski and making sure you look the part on the slopes.
Trojan Horse Lodge, Vermont
A great choice for individuals, families and groups, Trojan Horse Lodge is located up in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains. It’s just one mile from Okemo Mountain Ski Resort and within 45 minutes of five other Alpine ski areas. They have dorm-style lodging with three rooms, each with six bunks. There’s also a self-service kitchen, Wi-Fi, satellite TV and a common area to meet your fellow travellers. Apart from the great skiing around Trojan Horse Lodge you’ll also find the perfect terrain for hiking, cycling, fishing, canoeing and rock climbing. If that sounds too much, you can find many craft shops, gift shops, restaurants and lounges within easy walking distance. Rooms start from €19.40pppn ($19.40)
Bozeman Backpackers Hostel, Montana
Bozeman Backpackers Hostel is within an hour’s drive of the mighty Bozeman Moonlight Basin – and they’ll even put on a free shuttle bus for you. Here you’ll find about 3,800 acres, and 85 miles, worth of ski runs. Just less than half the areas are advanced and about a quarter intermediate. If you’re skiing is a little more advanced try the neighbouring Big Sky resort. Each ski run is at least a single black diamond on top of the 11,100ft Lone Mountain. Bozeman Backpackers Hostel is housed in a lovely Victorian building just two blocks from downtown. You can choose from both private and dorm rooms that sleep up to six people. Guests have access to a large kitchen and the nearby university means the area is filled with bustling bars and restaurants. Rooms start from €17.14pppn ($17.14)
AWA Hostel Red Mountain, Aspen
As one of the most famous ski resorts in the world Aspen has 5,300 acres of ski-friendly areas and welcomes around 300 inches of snow every year. The pistes are varied and many of them have idyllic routes through the trees. There are no green runs so Aspen isn’t really the best place for novices, but the off-piste here is some of the best in the world. Hunter S Thompson lived in Aspen for 40 years and apparently skied only once. It’s a favourite haunt of the rich and famous, but with a little help from HostelBookers we mere mortals can enjoy the runs too. Stay at the AWA Hostel Red Mountain and Aspen is just a 40-minute drive away. They have free Wi-Fi, a year round hot tub, free breakfast and a laundry. The famous Glenwood Hot Springs are just down the road too. Rooms start from €15.42pppn ($24.50)
Fireside Inn, Breckenridge, Colorado
Breckenridge has always been a cool, hip place for skiers. The partying is just as important as the skiing here, meaning there’s loads to do if you fancy a day off from the piste. There’s a swimming pool, cinema, shops and also an art gallery. The town boasts the highest ski lift in North America; tree skiers will love the glades both north and south of peak 10. Stay at the nearby Fireside Inn, it’s just a short walk from the main street and just 10 minutes from the free shuttle bus which serves the Breckenridge ski area. Fireside Inn has private rooms and dorms and there’s a hot tub, lounge area with roaring fireplace, free Wi-Fi and they’ll even cook you up a hearty breakfast. Rooms start from €25.22pppn ($40.17).
Avenues Hostel, near Salt Lake City, Utah
Close to the great ski resorts of Colorado you’ll find Avenues Hostel. Located in downtown Salt Lake City the hostel is within easy driving distance of many ski resorts, including Snowbird and Alta. Snowbird has 2,500 skiable acres with 85 runs. Alta is marked for skiers only and is one of the top rated resorts thanks to the quality of the snow. There are over 2,200 acres to enjoy and more than 100 runs. At Avenues Hostel you’ll find private rooms and dorms at great prices. They offer free Wi-Fi, free breakfast a living with cable TV and access to the guest kitchen. Rooms start from €10.99pppn ($17.50).