Five Underrated Ski Resorts & Destinations

When the snow starts to fall, many travelers turn their attention to the ski hills. If you want to hit the slopes this year, why not travel somewhere new? Across the United States, there are underrated ski destinations where you will get more bang for your buck. Throw in a stay at a local bed and breakfast, and you have a recipe for a cozy winter getaway.

1. Cannon Mountain, NH

Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire

Some travelers don’t think about venturing into state parks for skiing, but this is exactly what you will find in Franconia Notch State Park at Cannon Mountain. Not only are lift tickets affordable, but this destination also offers the New England Ski Museum with interesting skiing mementos. Franconia and Sugar Hill both offer cozy bed and breakfasts that are a good match for couples or families looking to plan a ski trip on a budget.

2. Durango, CO

Durango, Colorado

If you love Colorado skiing, why not branch out from the most common destinations? Durango is located in the San Juan Mountains, offering ski runs on some of the tallest slopes in the Rockies. Recent renovations mean that this area might not stay overlooked for too long, so book your stay in a local bed and breakfast and get there this year before the crowds.

3. Jay Peak, VT

Jay Peak, Vermont

Vermont is home to many popular ski destinations, but not all travelers want to venture as far north as Jay Peak. This fact has kept this ski resort close to the Quebec border free of big crowds, leaving powdery snow for the ski enthusiasts that do make the trip. The nearby town of Westfield is home to a range of bed and breakfasts that will provide a comfortable, affordable place to stay during a Vermont skiing trip.

4. Lake Placid, NY

Lake Placid, New York

Many skiers don’t know that the state of New York has more ski areas than any other state — a total of 44. One of the best underrated ski destinations is in New York, near Lake Placid. Whiteface Mountain may have hosted the 1980 Olympics, but it has been largely forgotten since then. Serious skiers will love this resort for its challenging runs. Complete the trip with a stay at a local bed and breakfast that offers a fireplace and hearty breakfast.

5. Taos, NM

Taos, New Mexico

When skiers head out west, many concentrate on Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. One of the most overlooked places in this region is New Mexico. Serious skiers are drawn to Taos Ski Valley because more than half of its runs are designated as appropriate for experts. The town has a European flair that lends a casual atmosphere to after-skiing drinks and dinner. Choose a local bed and breakfast as your base, and a knowledgeable innkeeper will point you in the direction of the best places to eat and things to do.

Skiing has a reputation for being expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Travel off the beaten path and search for local bed and breakfasts to plan an affordable winter adventure.