1.Ski New England Without Wiping Out… Your Bank Account
A day on the slopes in New England can be quite an investment. At premier skiing destinations like Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort–New England’s most expensive ski area–an adult weekend lift ticket can run north of $100. Ouch. So, what’s a frugal ski or snowboard enthusiast to do?
Whether you’re a college student with limited funds, a parent with kids who all love to snowboard or simply a skier who wants to ski more and pay less, here is your guide to 10 cheap places to ski in New England. Sure, you’ll sacrifice some amenities, but you’ll get in plenty of exhilarating runs without wiping out your bank account.
2.Cheap Skiing in Rhode Island at Yawgoo Valley
If you’ve never thought of Rhode Island as a skiing destination, you’re not alone. The Ocean State isn’t exactly known for its altitudes. But RI does have one lone ski area: Yawgoo Valley in Exeter. It’s about a 90-minute trip from Boston, two hours from Greenwich, Connecticut. And with a dozen downhill trails for beginning and advanced skiers and riders, three lifts, lighted night skiing, a snow tubing park and 100% snowmaking capacity, it’s a reliable spot for affordable winter fun.
2015 Adult Full-Day Weekend Lift Ticket Price: $45
3.Cheapest Places to Ski in Maine
Maine dominates when it comes to cheap skiing in New England: Four Maine ski areas make the list of the region’s best deals. You can seriously spend a Saturday or Sunday skiing in Maine for less than you probably drop on fancy coffee every week. And you may find you really enjoy no-frills skiing at small mountains that cater to rugged Mainers and loyal local families.
4.Two Cheap Places to Ski in Massachusetts
The two cheapest ski areas in Massachusetts are just 12 miles apart in the southwestern part of the state. Plan a weekend ski getaway, and visit both of these off-the-beaten-path mountains on the eastern edge of the Berkshires.
Petite Otis Ridge, in Otis, Massachusetts, has a new terrain park for snowboarders and 10 trails to ride or ski. It’s been a destination since 1946 when it opened with a single trail. You can still ski the steep and curvy Ridge Run. It’s cheaper than building a time machine!
2015 Adult Full-Day Weekend Lift Ticket Price: $35
Blandford Ski Area
Operated by the Springfield Ski Club–one of the oldest ski clubs in America–and open to the public at affordable rates uncrowded Blandford Ski Area in Blandford, Massachusetts, has 22 trails, two terrain parks, two lodges and 80% snowmaking coverage.
5.Connecticut’s Cheapest Place to Ski
Woodbury Ski Area
Connecticut has more ski areas than you may realize, and one has two distinctions: It always opens first (often it’s the first area open in the East) and it’s the cheapest. Woodbury Ski Area in Woodbury, Connecticut, has advanced snowmaking equipment to ensure slopes, snow tubing runs, snowboarding features and cross-country trails operate over a long season. It’s a complete destination for affordable winter fun.
2015 Adult Full-Day Weekend Lift Ticket Price: $39