The very word, "hostel," can bring an involuntary shudder to even the most stalwart of skiers. It's less about the gory movie franchise associations than bad past experience with filthy, noisy hellholes populated by a combination of raving lunatics, quasi-homeless ski bums, and burned-out hippies. Squash those perceptions, because not all hostels are created equal, and some of North America's finest are to be found in your favorite ski towns. Whether you're looking for a rustic cabin or "Ikea Alpine," Curbed Ski's vetted the best budget places to bunk down.
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