Skiing in the West

Our favorite places to go skiing, from Tahoe to Telluride--plus some secret tips to take with you to the slopes

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Think skiing’s too cold, too crowded, too expensive? These solutions will have you itching to hit the slopes this season

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Affordable accommodations
Photo by Brown Cannon III; written by Rachel Levin

Affordable accommodations

The excuse: “I don’t have $600 a night for a slopeside room.”

Solution: The Hostel in Teton Village.

If you want to take the hassle out of ski trips—loading the car every morning, finding parking, battling après-ski traffic—it helps to stay on the mountain. But slopeside accommodations, as lovely as they are, will cost you. Especially in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which boasts about as many five-star resorts as moose. You may not do hostels anymore, but the Hostel, within a few ski-boot steps of Jackson Hole’s gondola and tram, just might change your mind. With recently renovated rooms that come with one king or four twins (and private baths), it’s more hotel-motel than college dorm. There’s daily maid service, a roaring fireplace, TV, table tennis, plus 25-cent coffee and cocoa. And it’s just $59 to $89 a night (from $28 for the bunkroom). thehostel.us

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