PHOTO: Dave Camara | Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
PHOTO: Dave Camara | Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

The Cheapest Season Passes at Places You Actually Want to Ski

North America’s best season passes for $500 or less

We get it, skiing is expensive. If you're anything like us, paying for a season pass that costs more than a down payment on a car, only to sit in never-ending lift lines every weekend isn't exactly why we fell in love with skiing.

But it doesn't have to be that way. The dream is still alive. Just check out this beautiful list. We've compiled a comprehensive guide to the best season passes across the U.S. and Canada that won't break the bank and still provide pretty great skiing. These were our parameters: less than a $500 season pass, more than 1,000 feet of vertical, and at least 200 inches of annual snowfall. Powder to the people, friends.

WEST COAST/ROCKY MOUNTAINS

Colorado
Arapahoe Basin | Keystone, CO
– Season Pass: $319 (Includes 3 days at Taos)
– 2,270' vert
– 350" average snowfall

Ski Cooper | Leadville, CO
– Season Pass: $299 (Aug. and Sept.), $399 (rest of season) Includes 3 free days at tons of resorts across the U.S.
– 1,300' vert
– 260" average snowfall

Copper Mountain | Summit County, CO

– Season Pass: $409
– 2,601' vert
– 304" average snowfall

Eldora Mountain Resort | Nederland, CO

– Season Pass: $409
– 1,600' vert
– 311" average snowfall

Loveland Ski Area | Dillon, CO

-Season Pass: $399
-2,210′ vert
-422″ average snowfall

Monarch Mountain | Monarch, CO
– Season Pass: $459
– 1,162' vert
– 350" average snowfall

Sunlight Mountain Resort | Glenwood Springs, CO
– Season Pass: $439
– 2,010' vert
– 250" average snowfall

Winter Park Resort | Winter Park, CO

– Season Pass: $429 (w/ 3 days at Mount Hood Meadows)
– 3,081' vert
– 353" average snowfall

PHOTO: Discovery Ski Area

Montana
Blacktail Mountain | Lakeside, MT
– Season Pass: $450 until 10/31/17 ($540 after)
– 1,440' vert
– 250" average snowfall

Discovery Ski Area | Philipsburg, MT
– Season Pass: $299
– 2,388' vert
– 215" average snowfall

Lost Trail Powder Mountain | Conner, MT

– Season Pass: $399
– 1,800' vert
– 325" average snowfall

Maverick Mountain | Polaris, MT

– Season Pass: $350 by Oct. 10, $395 by Nov. 10, $435 rest of season
– 2,020' vert
– 200" average snowfall

Oregon
Mount Ashland Ski Area | Ashland, OR
– Season Pass: $399
– 1,150' vert
– 300" average snowfall

Mount Hood Ski Bowl | Government Camp, OR
– Season Pass: $499 Early Season ($519 after Oct. 23 and $699 after Nov. 12)
– 1,500' vert
– 300" average snowfall

PHOTO: 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort

Washington
49 Degrees North | Chewelah, WA
– Season Pass: $359
– 1,851' vert
– 301" average snowfall

The Summit at Snoqualmie | Snoqualmie Pass, WA
– Season Pass: $479 before Sept. 15 ($429 for ages 19-25)
– 2,280' vert
– 428" average snowfall

Bluewood | Dayton, WA
– Season Pass: $405
– 1,125' vert
– 300" average snowfall

Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park | Mead, WA
– Season Pass: $349
– 2,000' vert
– 300" average snowfall

PHOTO: Jaclyn Ream | Diamond Peak Ski Resort

Nevada
Diamond Peak | Incline Village, NV
– Season Pass: $429
– 1,840' vert
– 300" average snowfall

Wyoming
Snow King Mountain | Jackson, WY
– Season Pass: $339 (early bird)
– 1,571' vert
– 300" average snowfall

Utah
Eagle Point | Beaver, UT
– Season Pass: $424
– 400" average snowfall

New Mexico
Angel Fire Resort | Angel Fire, NM
– Season Pass: $399 (before Oct. 31) $499 (Nov. 1 – Dec. 11) $599 (After Dec. 12)
– 2,077' vert
– 210" average snowfall

PHOTO: Ski China Peak

California
Dodge Ridge | Pinecrest, CA
– Season Pass: $379
– 1,600' vert
– 300" average snowfall

Homewood Mountain Resort | Homewood, CA

– Season Pass: $499
– 1,650' vert
– 450" average snowfall

Mount Shasta Ski Park | McCloud, CA
– Season Pass: $499
– 1,435' vert
– 300" average snowfall

China Peak | Lakeshore, CA

– Season Pass: $429
– 300" average snowfall

PHOTO: Bogus Basin

Idaho
Bogus Basin | Boise County, ID
– Season Pass: $399 (until Sept. 30) $499 (after Oct. 1)
– 1,800' vert
– 250" average snowfall

Kelly Canyon Ski Resort | Ririe, ID
– Season Pass: $320 (before Aug. 31) $370 (Sept. 1 – Nov. 30) $420 (reg. price)
– 1,000' vert
– 200" average snowfall

Lookout Pass Ski Area | Mullan, ID

– Season Pass: $229 (before Oct. 31) $369 (reg. price)
– 1,150' vert
– 400" average snowfall

Pebble Creek Ski Area | Inkom, ID

– Season Pass: $425 (before Nov. 1) $535 (reg. price)
– 2,200' vert
– 250" average snowfall

Pomerelle Mountain Resort | Albion, ID

– Season Pass: $450
– 1,000' vert
– 500" average snowfall

Silver Mountain | Kellogg, ID
– Season Pass: $369 (before Sept. 6) $659 (reg. price)
– 2,200' vert
– 300" average snowfall

British Columbia
Mount Seymour | Vancouver, BC
– Season Pass: $349 (before Sept. 30) $819 (reg. price) (includes 2 days at Mt. Washington, Manning Park and Apex Mountain)
– 1,082' vert
– 394" average snowfall

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EAST COAST (With at least 100 inches of annual snow)

PHOTO: Sunday River

Maine
Sunday River | Newry, ME
– Season Pass: $479 (ages 19-29. 12 blackout dates)
– 2,340' vert
– 167" average snowfall

New Hampshire
Cranmore Mountain Resort | North Conway, NH
– Season Pass: $479 (Holiday Blackout Dates)
– 1,200' vert
– 150" average snowfall

Read more on Cranmore from our “Little Areas That Rock” series

Ragged Mountain Resort | Danbury, NH

– Season Pass: $299 (before Sept. 16) $399 (before Oct. 11) $449 (after Nov. 1)
– 1,250' vert
– 100" average snowfall

PHOTO: Bolton Valley

Vermont
Bolton Valley Ski Area | Richmond, VT
– Season Pass: $189 ('ski bum' pass, ages 18-25)
– 1,703' vert
– 300" average snowfall

Magic Mountain Ski Area | Londonderry, VT
– Season Pass: $279 (ages 18-29)
– 1,500' vert
– 150" average snowfall

Pico Mountain Ski Area | Mendon, VT

– Season Pass: $449 (until Oct. 11) $479 (Oct. 12 and later)
– 1,967' vert
– 250" average snowfall

Sugarbush Resort | Warren, VT
– Season Pass: $399 (ages 19-29)
– 2,600' vert
– 262" average snowfall

PHOTO: Ski Butternut

Massachusetts
Ski Butternut | Great Barrington, MA
– Season Pass $350 (before Dec. 1) $490 (reg. price)
– 1,000' vert
– 115" average snowfall

New York
Catamount Ski Area | Hillsdale, NY
– Season Pass: $445 (until Aug. 31) $495 (until Nov. 30) $550 (final)
– 1,000' vert
– 108" average snowfall

Titus Mountain | Malone, NY
– Season Pass: $369
– 1,200' vert
– 100" average snowfall

Pennsylvania
Blue Knob | Claysburg, PA
– Season Pass: $299
– 1,072' vert
– 120" average snowfall

West Virginia
Snowshoe Mountain Resort | Snowshoe, WV
– Season Pass: $349
– 1,500' vert
– 180" average snowfall