• Stowe, Vermont
Run closure causes some ski resorts in Vermont to offer big savings on lift passes at this time of the year. However, Stowe does not. That’s the bad news.Now for the upside: they don’t have to because they get more snow than most resorts in December. So therefore, they have more runs open for you to ski. Plus, book lift passes online at least seven days in advance to save money no matter when you plan to come.
Family travel, stowe vermont

Hotel rooms in early to mid-December can be over $100 cheaper a night. Which leaves you with plenty left over for shopping or lift tickets.

Non-skiers will love the spa amenities found in many of the resorts. And the town’s shopping and restaurants are first-class.

In addition to the unbeatable skiing and snowboarding, activity seekers can enjoy indoor rock-climbing at Stowe Mountain Resort. Or ice-skating at Spruce Peak Village.

  • Silver Mountain, Idaho
    Family travel Silver Mountain Idaho

Silver Mountain is located just over an hour from Spokane, Washington. Near the historic mining community of Kellogg, Idaho.

There is plenty to see and do for families on a budget here. Both on-mountain and off. With two mountains featuring 73 trails and 300 inches of snow annually. In fact, skiers and snowboarders love the diverse terrain, extensive graded areas, and plenty of fresh powder.


There are also scenic gondola rides, snow tubing, and Idaho’s largest indoor water-park. In Kellogg, families can explore old gold and silver mines, snowshoe, or cross-country ski.

Moreover, families can stay in a one-bedroom unit with a fireplace, full kitchen, and pull-out sleeper sofa for only $270/night. With access to the water-park included.

Meanwhile ski lift tickets and rental packages run from $234-350 per day. But there are also multi-day discounts and the Ski Idaho PassPort Program.

snow car

This allows kids in 5th or 6th grade to ski for two or three days for only $18. It also allows plenty of time to ski and relax. With wiggle room in the budget for food and extra activities.
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Downtown colorado springs Colorado

Located in the middle of the country and accessible using budget airlines such as Frontier. Colorado Springs, CO is the perfect, budget-friendly choice for a family winter vacation.

It’s backdrop is the rugged Rocky Mountains. And nearby places like the stunning National Natural Landmark. Consequently, Colorado Springs is perfect for outdoor-loving families.

Colorado Springs is home to more than 60 attractions. Including the U.S. Air Force Academy and Olympic Training Center, and over 30 of them are totally free.

Cheyenne mountain

Families will also enjoy unique experiences like hand-feeding giraffes and elephants at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. As well as visiting an array of hands-on museums like the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and Money Museum.

Lodging properties range from charming B&B’s, to full-service indoor water-park hotels. Some of which are under $150 per night off season.

Check the Visitors’ Bureau website for special deals and discounts!

spans two states and is within driving distance from Northern California. Situated on beautiful Lake Tahoe, you will find two dozen beaches, twelve ski resorts, and hundreds of miles of biking trails.

In the winter, families can enjoy a day of ice skating at Northstar California Resort. And warm up at the fire pits and couches that surround the rink while sipping hot cocoa and eating s’mores.

They can also try dog sledding at the Resort at Squaw Creek. Or visit the SnoVentures Family Fun Zone at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows for mini-snowmobiling and snow tubing.

The waterfront Franciscan Lodge offers affordable accommodations starting at $109 per night, including a fully-equipped kitchen.

North lake tahoe hot tub

  • Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

Waterville Valley is an affordable winter vacation destination offering skiing and winter sports in the White Mountains. and plenty more for families to enjoy. Young skiers can enjoy Kids Venture Kamps with specially designed Venture Zones for learners.

Waterville offers 52 trails and 12 ski lifts and the Nordic Center features 75km of groomed trails for cross-country skiing.

When not on the trails, families can enjoy the White Mountain Athletic Club for swimming. Or the Waterville Valley Ice Arena for skating.

The nearby Curious George Cottage was once home to Margret and H.A. Rey. Creator’s of the world’s most beloved monkey. The Curious Kids program takes children and families into the White Mountain National Forest to explore and learn.

curious George Cottage

Families can save on food and attractions around the Waterville Valley with the Freedom Pass.

Lodging options for families range from $125 for a room at a local inn. To $411 per night for a three-bedroom condo on the mountain.

So, do you have a favorite winter hide-out? A penny for your thoughts perhaps :).


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