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Top 10 Budget Ski Hotels (PHOTOS)

Posted: 02/ 1/2012 7:00 am

Though snow seems like a scarce resource this ski season, with resorts scrambling to make the white stuff via artificial means, travel bargains at ski hotels across the country are in plentiful supply. Thankfully, the snowpack is starting to come back while the low prices haven't really budged. We surveyed 10 popular US winter resorts and uncovered deep savings at budget ski hotels that are just a hop, skip and slide from the slopes. Most tout nightly rates that hover between $100-150,and a couple go even lower than that: A cozy bed at the chalet-chic Stowehof Inn at Stowe, Vermont can be yours for only $78 and a double room at the eco-friendly 968 Park Hotel at Lake Tahoe goes for $89.

With the peace of mind that comes with making a smart hotel choice, you can focus on the slopes. To that end, we also highlight the newest bells and whistles at each ski resort, from high-speed chairlifts and state-of-the-art terrain parks to restaurant renovations and a white-knuckle winter zip line tour.

968 Park Hotel, South Lake Tahoe
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968 Park Hotel
Heavenly Ski Resort
South Lake Tahoe, California

The 57-room 968 Park Hotel was fully renovated in 2009, transforming from a run-of-the-mill Days Inn into a warm, eco-friendly, rustic resort. The hotel has replaced many halogen lights with LED bulbs, serves locally sourced food, and uses water-efficient appliances. After a long day on the slopes, guests can come home to some of the most comfortable beds in Lake Tahoe: They’re EPA-approved and covered in 300-thread-count sheets and down fillers. It’s a five-minute walk to the Heavenly Village gondola that takes you up the mountain. Winter rates from $89/night for a double room, but keep your eye out for promotions: the hotel offers a 20% discount to returning customers who book directly, as well as a 20% discount to guests who drive a hybrid vehicle to the hotel; www.968parkhotel.com

What’s New at Heavenly Ski Resort
Extreme skiers and snowboarders alike will appreciate that Heavenly opened a half-pipe in one of their four terrain parks in mid-January, exciting both beginners and future X Games superstars. The coolest part? As you catch air off the 18-foot pipe, take in a glimpse of the vibrant blue Lake Tahoe, one of the most beautiful views Heavenly has to offer. For more trip-planning information, check out our Heavenly Travel Guide.

Photo: 968 Park Hotel
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