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Frugal But Still Fabulous: The Best Budget Hotels in Ski Towns

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Living the ski life- even in summer- ain't cheap. When you long to be outdoors, it can also seem counterintuitive to throw down the ducats for a hotel room. That's why Curbed Ski has done the work for you, sussing out the best budget lodging to be found in the high country, from Tahoe to Aspen. In some cases, the digs are nothing fancy, but the amenities, service, cleanliness, and charm make the grade. Other hotels are new or renovated lodging with high-end design in mind. All are guaranteed to make your wallet and your fatigued body happy, because there's nary a broken bedspring (or bedbug, in our experience) in sight. Costs vary due to season, festivals, etc. but in general, these hotels average under $100 per night for a Queen.

Note: The hotels are listed based on geography, not in any particular ranking. Want to recommend your fave budget hotel? Send us an email or let us know in the comments.


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1. The Truckee Hotel

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10007 Bridge St
Truckee, CA 96161

In a town packed with buildings listed on the National Historic Register, this 1873 treasure still stands out. Originally a stagecoach stop, the hotel now houses one of Truckee’s best restaurants, Moody’s Bistro (see our “Best Ski Town Hotel Bars”), and has adorable Euro-style rooms, some with their own sink and private bath.

2. Basecamp Hotel

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4143 Cedar Ave
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 208-0180
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This nearly two-year-old, off-beat boutique hotel lies just off Stateline, and is a welcome alternative to the seedy casinos in need of an upgrade and the parade of skanky motels. Family-friendly (one room features two bunks and two Queens), there’s also the “Great Indoors” room, which features a tent with a King bed (free S’mores for all guests; toast 'em in the hotel's outdoor fire pits). We love the rooftop hot tub, free breakfast, communal dinners, and a bar. Bike-friendly.

3. Wyoming Inn

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930 West Broadway
Jackson, WY 83002

Newly remodeled, this 68-room laidback Western lodge is located in town, and makes a great base for skiing, hiking, or visiting Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Parks. Some of the rooms now have fireplaces, and all of the bathrooms have granite countertops, glass showers and porcelain floor and wile tiles and sinks (smirk if you want, but do you really enjoy bathing in a plastic tomb?). There’s also a breakfast eatery, and fitness center are also on-site.

4. Chateau Après Lodge

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1299 Norfolk Ave.
Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-9372
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No frills, but location, location, location- in this case, at the foot of the ski slopes. This massive, old-school chalet offers a bit of Euro charm in the midst of a mining town. It’s just a 10-minute walk to downtown, and a stay includes a Continental breakfast. In addition to twins, doubles, and queens, there are also dorms.

5. Roost Lodge

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1783 North Frontage Road West, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 476-5451
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Despite its prominent location on the North Frontage Road just off I-70, this charming lodge is oft-overlooked, lost in the Plastic Bavarian overgrowth of the South Side. The rooms are as plain as it gets, but the location- just a block from the free bus stop- and prices are impossible to beat in Vail. Friendly service and a hot tub included, no extra charge

6. The Bivvi

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9511 Colorado 9
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 423-6553
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The wildly popular “Bivvi” just opened in early December, but word has spread. A stylish hostel with private rooms, an Ikea-meets-log-cabin vibe, and no puking groms in sight? Score. The 10 rooms (including dorms), outdoor hot tub, and all-inclusive, made-to-order hot breakfasts just add to the charm.

7. Aspenalt Lodge

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157 Basalt Center Rd
Basalt, CO 81621

This sleepy riverside hamlet 18 miles south of Aspen is located in one of the nation’s fly-fishing capitals. Don’t fancy wearing waders? There’s hiking, biking, climbing, whitewater, and Nordic pursuits, all minutes away. The Aspenalt is one of the region’s best-kept secrets, located on the Frying Pan River. Rooms are simple, but this is a welcome respite from the high-season scene (and prices) in Aspen. Enjoy a soak in the hot tub after a day casting, hiking, or skiing. Continental breakfast included. Bonus: The bus stop is one block away.

8. St. Moritz Lodge

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334 W Hyman Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

Think you can’t afford to stay in Aspen? This beloved, classic alpine chalet has been attracting visitors- many of them returnees from all over the world- for over 30 years. Just five minutes’ walk from downtown, the lodge also offers free breakfast, happy hour wine and popcorn, and plentiful parking. Choose from dorms, private rooms (some with bathrooms), or condos.

9. Old Town Inn

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708 6th St
Crested Butte, CO 81224

Two generations of longtime locals own and run this much-loved, old-school hotel located right at the gateway to downtown CB. Festooned with flowers in the summer, the rooms are nothing fancy, but clean, functional, and the service that's helpful and sweet as pie. Speaking of sugar: there’s free cookies fresh from the oven every afternoon. You can also use the hotel’s cruisers, snowshoes, and sleds, in season.

10. The Nordic Inn

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14 Treasury Road
Crested Butte, CO 81224

Although it’s Gunnison County’s longest-operating lodge, the Nordic Inn came under new ownership in late 2012, and now features remodeled rooms property-wide. It’s still a groovy ski chalet (admittedly, a little more pricey than most on this list, but we couldn't resist), adorned with antique alpine trappings, but you’ll also find hardwood flooring in some rooms, beetle kill pine ceilings, high-thread count sheets and down bedding. Sit a spell in the lobby before a blazing fire, and hobnob with the friendly owners, who are longtime locals. Bonus: it’s just steps from the slopes and hiking/biking trails, and breakfast is included.

11. The Historic Taos Inn

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125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Taos, NM 87571
(575) 758-2233
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Since 1936, this National and State Historic Registers hotel has attracted everyone from celebrities to famous artists. The cozy, individually-decorated rooms are situated in several 19th century adobe houses situated to form a plaza. Enjoy rotating exhibits by Northern New Mexican artists, and be sure to hit up the hotel’s Adobe Bar (listed in our “Best Ski Town Hotel Bars”). There’s nightly live music and a colorful local’s scene; the on-site restaurant, Doc Martin’s, is also beloved by townies and tourists alike for its regional fare.

1. The Truckee Hotel

10007 Bridge St, Truckee, CA 96161

In a town packed with buildings listed on the National Historic Register, this 1873 treasure still stands out. Originally a stagecoach stop, the hotel now houses one of Truckee’s best restaurants, Moody’s Bistro (see our “Best Ski Town Hotel Bars”), and has adorable Euro-style rooms, some with their own sink and private bath.

10007 Bridge St
Truckee, CA 96161

2. Basecamp Hotel

4143 Cedar Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

This nearly two-year-old, off-beat boutique hotel lies just off Stateline, and is a welcome alternative to the seedy casinos in need of an upgrade and the parade of skanky motels. Family-friendly (one room features two bunks and two Queens), there’s also the “Great Indoors” room, which features a tent with a King bed (free S’mores for all guests; toast 'em in the hotel's outdoor fire pits). We love the rooftop hot tub, free breakfast, communal dinners, and a bar. Bike-friendly.

4143 Cedar Ave
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

3. Wyoming Inn

930 West Broadway, Jackson, WY 83002

Newly remodeled, this 68-room laidback Western lodge is located in town, and makes a great base for skiing, hiking, or visiting Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Parks. Some of the rooms now have fireplaces, and all of the bathrooms have granite countertops, glass showers and porcelain floor and wile tiles and sinks (smirk if you want, but do you really enjoy bathing in a plastic tomb?). There’s also a breakfast eatery, and fitness center are also on-site.

930 West Broadway
Jackson, WY 83002

4. Chateau Après Lodge

1299 Norfolk Ave., Park City, UT 84060

No frills, but location, location, location- in this case, at the foot of the ski slopes. This massive, old-school chalet offers a bit of Euro charm in the midst of a mining town. It’s just a 10-minute walk to downtown, and a stay includes a Continental breakfast. In addition to twins, doubles, and queens, there are also dorms.

1299 Norfolk Ave.
Park City, UT 84060

5. Roost Lodge

1783 North Frontage Road West, White River National Forest, Vail, CO 81657

Despite its prominent location on the North Frontage Road just off I-70, this charming lodge is oft-overlooked, lost in the Plastic Bavarian overgrowth of the South Side. The rooms are as plain as it gets, but the location- just a block from the free bus stop- and prices are impossible to beat in Vail. Friendly service and a hot tub included, no extra charge

1783 North Frontage Road West, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657

6. The Bivvi

9511 Colorado 9, Breckenridge, CO 80424

The wildly popular “Bivvi” just opened in early December, but word has spread. A stylish hostel with private rooms, an Ikea-meets-log-cabin vibe, and no puking groms in sight? Score. The 10 rooms (including dorms), outdoor hot tub, and all-inclusive, made-to-order hot breakfasts just add to the charm.

9511 Colorado 9
Breckenridge, CO 80424

7. Aspenalt Lodge

157 Basalt Center Rd, Basalt, CO 81621

This sleepy riverside hamlet 18 miles south of Aspen is located in one of the nation’s fly-fishing capitals. Don’t fancy wearing waders? There’s hiking, biking, climbing, whitewater, and Nordic pursuits, all minutes away. The Aspenalt is one of the region’s best-kept secrets, located on the Frying Pan River. Rooms are simple, but this is a welcome respite from the high-season scene (and prices) in Aspen. Enjoy a soak in the hot tub after a day casting, hiking, or skiing. Continental breakfast included. Bonus: The bus stop is one block away.

157 Basalt Center Rd
Basalt, CO 81621

8. St. Moritz Lodge

334 W Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

Think you can’t afford to stay in Aspen? This beloved, classic alpine chalet has been attracting visitors- many of them returnees from all over the world- for over 30 years. Just five minutes’ walk from downtown, the lodge also offers free breakfast, happy hour wine and popcorn, and plentiful parking. Choose from dorms, private rooms (some with bathrooms), or condos.

334 W Hyman Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

9. Old Town Inn

708 6th St, Crested Butte, CO 81224

Two generations of longtime locals own and run this much-loved, old-school hotel located right at the gateway to downtown CB. Festooned with flowers in the summer, the rooms are nothing fancy, but clean, functional, and the service that's helpful and sweet as pie. Speaking of sugar: there’s free cookies fresh from the oven every afternoon. You can also use the hotel’s cruisers, snowshoes, and sleds, in season.

708 6th St
Crested Butte, CO 81224

10. The Nordic Inn

14 Treasury Road, Crested Butte, CO 81224

Although it’s Gunnison County’s longest-operating lodge, the Nordic Inn came under new ownership in late 2012, and now features remodeled rooms property-wide. It’s still a groovy ski chalet (admittedly, a little more pricey than most on this list, but we couldn't resist), adorned with antique alpine trappings, but you’ll also find hardwood flooring in some rooms, beetle kill pine ceilings, high-thread count sheets and down bedding. Sit a spell in the lobby before a blazing fire, and hobnob with the friendly owners, who are longtime locals. Bonus: it’s just steps from the slopes and hiking/biking trails, and breakfast is included.

14 Treasury Road
Crested Butte, CO 81224

11. The Historic Taos Inn

125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571

Since 1936, this National and State Historic Registers hotel has attracted everyone from celebrities to famous artists. The cozy, individually-decorated rooms are situated in several 19th century adobe houses situated to form a plaza. Enjoy rotating exhibits by Northern New Mexican artists, and be sure to hit up the hotel’s Adobe Bar (listed in our “Best Ski Town Hotel Bars”). There’s nightly live music and a colorful local’s scene; the on-site restaurant, Doc Martin’s, is also beloved by townies and tourists alike for its regional fare.

125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Taos, NM 87571