Top 10 Cheap Places to Ski in New England

  • 01 of 07

    Ski New England Without Wiping Out Your Bank Account

    Blandford Ski Lift
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    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.

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  • 02 of 07

    Cheap Skiing in Rhode Island at Yawgoo Valley

    Yawgoo Valley Skiing in Rhode Island
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    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

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  • 03 of 07

    Cheapest Places to Ski in Maine

    Two men skiing in Bethel, Maine.
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    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.

    Eaton Mountain

    Why is Eaton Mountain in Skowhegan, Maine, such a bargain? This classic New England ski area has been in rebuilding mode since it was acquired by new owners in 2008. Efforts remain underway to raise sufficient capital to restore the chairlift to the top of the mountain. In the meantime, two new ski tows provide access to skiing and snowboarding on the lower part of the hill, and a terrain park gives snowboarders their own place to play. Eaton Mountain also has a snow tubing park and snowcat rides. And when you make this your winter fun destination, you help to ensure this 54-year-old ski area makes a...MORE complete comeback.

    2015 Adult Full-Day Weekend Lift Ticket Price: $15

    Mount Jefferson

    Located in Lee, Maine, Mt. Jefferson is a rarity in the ski resort world: It relies solely on all-natural snow. So, you should always call ahead to see if Mother Nature is being cooperative, then get ready for a throwback skiing experience on trails that range from a beginner's slope all the way up to double black diamond.

    2015 Adult Full-Day Weekend Lift Ticket Price: $20

    Big Squaw

    Big Squaw hasn't changed much since the 1960s, and the Friends of Squaw Mountain are determined to keep it that way. When this ski area in Greenville Junction, Maine, closed after the 2010 season, loyal fans banded together to form a non-profit that keeps classic New England skiing alive. For a price that's still incredibly cheap, you'll find more skiing and more facilities here including dozens of trails for a range of abilities. And you can feel stoked that your lift ticket purchase supports Big Squaw's mission: keeping skiing and riding affordable for families.

    2015 Adult Full-Day Weekend Lift Ticket Price: $25

    Hermon Mountain​

    With 20 trails for day and night skiing and a tubing park, this family-owned ski area near Bangor in Hermon, Maine, has 100% snowmaking to ensure your trip is worthwhile. Want proof Hermon Mountain is kid-friendly? Their mascot is a teddy bear, and if you spot him riding the chairlift or hiding out on the mountain, you can snap a selfie with him and claim a prize at the ticket counter.

    2015 Adult Full-Day Weekend Lift Ticket Price: $27

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  • 04 of 07

    Two Cheap Places to Ski in Massachusetts

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    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.

    Otis Ridge

    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. A local favorite since 1936, Blandford is the oldest club-owned ski area in North America and a place where generations of Massachusetts kids have learned to...MORE ski.

    2015 Adult Full-Day Weekend Lift Ticket Price: $45 Saturday/$40 Sunday

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  • 05 of 07

    Cheap Skiing in New Hampshire at Dartmouth Skiway

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    It's Ivy League skiing at a state school price! The ski area owned by prestigious Dartmouth College is located in Lyme, NH: about 20 minutes north of the smallest Ivy's campus. Dartmouth Skiway has been a training ground for national champions, and it's also open to the public. You may be surprised to find big mountain skiing in New Hampshire for nearly 50% less than you'd pay on weekends at Bretton Woods: New Hampshire's largest ski area. With 25% of its trails devoted to beginners and another 25% a challenge for expert skiers, plus a terrain park, Dartmouth Skiway offers something for every member of your family.

    2015 Adult Full-Day Weekend Lift Ticket Price: $47

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  • 06 of 07

    Connecticut's Cheapest Place to Ski

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    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

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  • 07 of 07

    Middlebury College Snow Bowl is Vermont's Cheapest Place to Ski

    Middlebury College Snow Bowl
    Your search for a cheap place to ski in Vermont leads to the ski area that has been owned by Middlebury College since 1934. "Middlebury College Snow Bowl" © Jared and Corin @redjar, Creative Commons License

    Most of Vermont's big mountains come with big price tags. So, what's a Vermonter or visitor on a budget to do? Save big bucks at Vermont's cheapest place to ski. Middlebury College Snow Bowl in Hancock, VT, isn't just for students. This family-friendly ski spot has 17 trails serviced by three lifts, plus 500 acres of tree skiing for the adventurous. And if you're a beginner, there's no cheaper option than Middlebury. It's absolutely free to ride the "Wonder Carpet," which pulls kids and others new to the sport up a gentle beginner slope, where they can build confidence and practice fundamentals.

    2015 Adult Full-Day Weekend Lift Ticket Price: $55