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Top ski vacation packages for 2021

Get free lift tickets and discounted rates for guilt-free skiing at these snowy retreats.

Skiing has a reputation for being a pricey hobby, and for good reason — lift tickets can cost up to $200 daily, not to mention the price of lodging and equipment rental. One way to lower the cost is to look for deals that bundle the cost of accommodation with your lift ticket and other perks, like spa discounts.

We browsed dozens of top ski resorts and found three ski vacation packages that offer freebies on ski passes and overnight stays to sweeten the snowy deal. From New Mexico to Montana, book a powdery white getaway you don't soon forget, at a price that'll leave you with extra money for après-ski cocktails.

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Best ski vacation packages

A ski vacation package that bundles lift tickets and overnight accommodations could save you hundreds. Plus, these deals let you pick up the lift tickets when you check into the hotel — which means you can skip long lines at the ticket window.To get these deals, you'll need to book on the resort or hotel's website directly.

Taos Ski Valley

Taos, New Mexico
  • Ski deal: Get two free lift tickets when you book at least two nights at The Blake, a guest house adjacent to lift 1. Valid Jan 1 to April 4

This fabulous package includes complimentary eco-friendly water bottles and luxurious bathrobes for some apres-ski R&R. Your room at The Blake will have in-room boot dryers, so you can avoid stepping into damp boots on day two.

Alongside the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos is about an hour and a half north of Santa Fe. When you're not on the slopes, spend your time wandering through galleries and art museums and visiting the Taos Pueblo, ancient adobe ruins where the Taos people made their home over 1,000 years ago.

Steamboat Lodge

Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Ski deal: Get 20% off lodging and lift tickets when you stay two nights or more, and 25% off when you stay six nights or more. There's also a 20% discount for veterans and active members of the military. Plus, get 10% off at the spa. Valid Jan 1 to April 11

An hour northwest of Denver, Steamboat is an old Western town that has been revitalized as the savvy traveler's escape from busy city life. The ski area has 69 trails, and the longest trail is three miles. In town, you'll find over 100 bars and restaurants for tasty eats after a day spent shredding snow.

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitefish, Montana
  • Ski deal: The Ski & Stay package includes two nights of lodging at the Hibernation House and two days of skiing, from $89 nightly. However, this rate is only available for stays Monday through Thursday nights. For a weekend trip, you can book two nights and get the third night free. Longer stays get 33% off lodging and lift tickets, though you'll need to call to get this deal. Children 6 and under ski for free. Valid throughout the season, except for Christmas/New Years and Valentine's Day weekend.

In the quiet mountains of Montana you'll find Whitefish Mountain, which features over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain and 94 runs. There's backroads skiing for the adventurous types and family-friendly options if you're bringing along beginners.

Glacier Park International Airport is just about 15 minutes away, but if you have a bit of wiggle room in your schedule we recommend flying into Spokane and enjoying the four hour road trip east through gorgeous national forest land.

How we chose these packages

We looked for deals that include accommodation and lift tickets, so that you can stay and ski at one low, bundled rate. We only considered accommodations that are within walking distance to the mountain, or that include transportation so you can start your day on the slopes without paying extra. Additionally, we prioritized hotels that offer perks like free parking and complimentary breakfast. You'll only see two-star hotels on this list, with at least a "very good" rating on TripAdvisor.

Find more ski vacation packages

When you search for ski and vacation packages online, the top results will most likely be from vacation booking sites like Expedia and Southwest Vacations. Be aware that while these sites are advertising ski packages, they don’t typically include lift tickets — just your accommodations and flights.

That said, you can still get stellar deals with these bundles, which could help you save money to apply to the lift tickets you purchase later on. Some even include ski-in access or a shuttle to the mountain.

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Open ski resorts in the US

Most ski resorts in the US are open this season, in spite of the coronavirus pandemic. Here are thirteen of the most popular options, along with what you can expect to pay for lift tickets. Keep in mind that most resorts have peak and off-peak pricing. Booking your ski vacation during the week instead of the weekend can help you score the lowest pricing, while popular holidays like Valentine's Day typically see the steepest rates.

  • Military members and veterans can usually get discounts on lift tickets.

The pricing here is for adult passes. Seniors and kids will generally pay less, and at many resorts children under age six can ski for free.

Big Sky Resort, Montana

$170 daily

Breckenridge, Colorado

From $157 daily

Bridger Bowl, Montana

From $63 daily

Heavenly Ski Resort, Nevada

From $139 daily

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming

From $159 daily

Park City Mountain Resort, Utah

From $179 daily

Sipapu Ski Resort, New Mexico

From $19 daily

Stowe, Vermont

From $103 daily

Sun Valley Resort, Idaho

From $89 daily

Taos Ski Valley

From $85 daily

Telluride Ski Resort, Colorado

From $169 daily

Vail, Colorado

From $199 daily

Whiteface Mountain, New York

From $69 daily

Data obtained January 2021. Prices are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.

Best mega ski passes for use at multiple resorts

These passes grant you entry to hundreds of slopes at dozens of resorts — so you can spend all season traipsing between mountains. Plus, most ski resorts offer major discounts for folks with Epic or Ikon passes — we're talking up to 33% off lodging.

Keep in mind that these mega passes are only for sale at the beginning of the season. Mountain Collective passes are usually on sale through late fall.

Passes for the 2020-21 season will be available to purchase starting in spring 2020. To see the resorts that each pass grants access to, check out its website.

Mountain Collective

  • Cost: $529 for adults and $199 for children 12 and under
  • Deal: Two free days of skiing/snowboarding at 18 select resorts, then 50% off all additional days
  • Blackout dates/holiday restrictions: None

Ikon Pass

There are two different options — the full Ikon Pass and the Ikon Base Pass. The included resorts can get complicated, so check its website to scan a full list.

Full Ikon Pass
  • Cost: $1,099 for an adult pass, $859 for 13-to-22-year-olds, $459 for children 5–12 and $49 for children 4 and younger.
  • Deal: Unlimited ski days at 14 select resorts, seven days of skiing at 20 select resorts and seven days combined at five select mountain ski resorts.
  • Blackout dates/holiday restrictions: None.
Ikon Base Pass
  • Cost: From $799 for adults, $639 for 13 to 22-year-olds, $419 for children 5–12, $49 for children 4 and under
  • Deal: Unlimited ski days at 12 select resorts, five days of skiing at 22 select resorts and five days combined at five select mountain ski resorts (with holiday restrictions).
  • Blackout dates/holiday restrictions:
    • Northern Hemisphere: Feb 15–16 2020.
    • Southern Hemisphere: July 4–19, 2020.

Epic pass

Epic passes are the industry stalwart and can be super cost-effective for longer ski vacations or multiple getaways. You have various options to choose from, including Epic Unlimited Pass, Epic Local Pass and Epic 1- to 7-day passes.

Epic Unlimited Pass
  • Cost: $989 for adults and $519 for children ages 5 to 12
  • Deal: Unlimited skiing at 37 select resorts, seven days at three select resorts and seven total days at six other select resorts
  • Blackout dates/holiday restrictions: None
Epic local Pass
  • Cost: $739 for adults, $659 for college students, $589 for teens 15–18 and $389 for children 5–12.
  • Deal: Unlimited access to 27 select resorts, restricted dates at eight select resorts and two days at two other select resorts.
  • Blackout dates/holiday restrictions: Feb. 15–16, 2020.

Hoping to hit the slopes overseas? Check out our top picks for ski resorts in Japan

Bottom line

After you compare ski resort deals and pick the best one for your budget and plans, make sure you've got the gear required to stay warm while you're shredding snow.

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