5 Great Ski Resorts That Won't Break the Bank
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) Ski getaways often get a bad rap for their high price tags, which can be out of reach to families on a budget. After all, the costs of lodging, lift tickets, food and other expenses can quickly add up, especially when you've got the whole family in tow. Luckily, you don't have to spend an arm and a leg if you stay at an affordable ski resort offering great package deals. Here's the rundown on five you won't want to miss out on this winter.
Bristol Mountain Winter Resort in Canandaigua, N.Y.
Located just 45 minutes from Rochester Airport in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Bristol Mountain Winter Resort boasts 34 slopes and trails for skiers and snowboarders and the highest vertical between the Rockies and the Adirondacks (1,200 feet).
Guests can take advantage of the "Ski & Stay" package at nearby Bristol Harbour Resort , where special room rates with all-day ski lift tickets start at $119 per person, per night. The package deal also offers a free lift ticket for kids ages 7 and younger from Monday through Sunday, and a free lift ticket for kids ages 8 to 12 from Monday through Friday. Rooms at Bristol Harbour Resort offer a heated bathroom floor, a view overlooking Canandaigua Lake, spacious bedrooms with either a king bed or two queen beds, a balcony and a fireplace. If you can tear yourself away from your room, you'll also find two Nordic loops, two terrain parks, an event center and a slope-side waffle house at Bristol Mountain.
Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Mass.
Tucked away in the scenic Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort offers a bit of everything, including skiing and snowboarding on 45 trails and three terrain parks plus lodging, dining and shopping on site. While Jiminy Peak provides multiple lodging options , you can find particularly great deals if you stay at the Country Inn, where rooms start at $179 per night (includes two adult lift tickets). The Country Inn also lets kids under 12 ski free with a ticketed adult when you stay from Sunday through Thursday and gives visitors Thursday night free when you stay both Friday and Saturday night.
If you enjoy hitting the slopes under the stars, Jiminy Peak offers numerous night skiing trail networks open until 10 p.m. Prefer swimming? The Country Inn at Jiminy Peak boasts an outdoor heated swimming pool that's open when the outside temperature is 25 degrees or higher.
Boyne Resorts in Michigan
Boyne consists of three resorts based in northern Lower Michigan, two of which offer skiing. Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Mich., offers the highest vertical skiing and snowboarding in Lower Michigan, plus zip lining, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding and more. Boyne Mountain Resort offers 60 trails of downhill skiing, 35 kilometers of cross-country skiing, snowshoe trails, tubing and ice skating.