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Where to Get Your Sleep On For Cheap: Best Ski Town Hostels

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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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1. HI Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel

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Alberta 93, Banff National Park, Improvement District No. 9
AB T0L, Canada
(866) 762-4122

If getting off the tourist track is important to you, this primitive, off-the-grid cabin is choice. Located near Lake Louise, it houses 20 beds (no shower, but there is a sauna hut). You’ll have to use an outhouse, but after a day of ice-climbing or Nordic pursuits, you’ll be too tired and blissed out to care.

2. The Hostel

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3315 Village Drive
Teton Village, WY 83025

While not the most stylish digs, this no-frills places does boast “renovated guest’s rooms” with new Serta mattresses, Kohler bathroom showers, granite sinks, and snazzy linens.” More important is the prime location in Teton Village at the base of the resort. Dorms and private rooms available, and pssst, it’s just one mile away from the Nordic delights of Grand Teton National Park.

3. Chateau Après Lodge

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1299 Norfolk Ave.
Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-9372
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Talk about old school; this classic- and massive- chalet is a bit of Euro charm in a formerly funky mining town. It’s just a 10-minute walk to downtown, includes a Continental breakfast, and a choice of dorms or rooms with twin, double, or queen beds.

4. The Bivouac

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9511 Colorado 9
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 423-6553
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The much-anticipated “Bivvi” opened December 4, and it’s already achieved cult-like status. What’s not to love about a stylish hostel that’s more private log cabin than frat house? With only 10 rooms (dorm and private), an outdoor hottub, and all-inclusive, honest-to-god hot breakfasts prepared to order, why stay anywhere else? Runner up: If the Bivvi is booked, Curbed Ski still loves the funky, ramshackle old house that’s the Fireside Inn. Comfy, friendly, and walking distance to downtown, it’s the teddy bear of hostels.

5. St. Moritz Lodge

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334 W Hyman Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

In the realm of ski town hostels, this one wins Curbed Ski’s heart, and not just because it’s in America’s most glam resort. Styled out like a groovy Alpine chalet, it’s spotless, with comfortable rooms, friendly staff, and a great location just minutes from downtown and the slopes. Dorms and private rooms, some with their own bath. Bonus: plentiful free parking.

6. Crested Butte International Lodge & Hostel

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615 Teocalli Rd
Crested Butte, CO 81224

Located in town, this clean but utilitarian hostel is close to CB’s many bars and dining, and is just 100 yards from the free shuttle up the mountain. Dorms, private rooms, and kid-friendly apartments/off-site condo rentals are also available. With the exception of certain festivals and holidays (beware Vinotok, aka “Slovenian Burning Man," it’s also quiet.

7. Wanderlust Hostel

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221 N Boulevard St
Gunnison, CO 81230
(970) 901-1599
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Owned by a local outdoor guide, this homey place is just 30 miles downvalley from Crested Butte but close to the free shuttle. More important, lift tickets are a whopping 60% off if you’re a guest. Fireplace, full kitchen, colorful décor, warm staff, and a mascot cat named Porkchop add to the appeal.

8. The Abominable Snowmansion Hostel

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476 State Rd 150
Arroyo Seco, NM 87514

The quirky hamlet of Arroyo Seco lies up in the mountains, between the town of Taos and the ski area. There’s a mercantile/restaurant, a few boutiques, and this truly awesome old hostel, which is best known for its communal vibe and off-the-beaten-track location. Enjoy the green chile at Abe’s Cantina, and the access to Nordic pursuits and hot springs.

1. HI Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel

Alberta 93, Banff National Park, Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada

If getting off the tourist track is important to you, this primitive, off-the-grid cabin is choice. Located near Lake Louise, it houses 20 beds (no shower, but there is a sauna hut). You’ll have to use an outhouse, but after a day of ice-climbing or Nordic pursuits, you’ll be too tired and blissed out to care.

Alberta 93, Banff National Park, Improvement District No. 9
AB T0L, Canada

2. The Hostel

3315 Village Drive, Teton Village, WY 83025

While not the most stylish digs, this no-frills places does boast “renovated guest’s rooms” with new Serta mattresses, Kohler bathroom showers, granite sinks, and snazzy linens.” More important is the prime location in Teton Village at the base of the resort. Dorms and private rooms available, and pssst, it’s just one mile away from the Nordic delights of Grand Teton National Park.

3315 Village Drive
Teton Village, WY 83025

3. Chateau Après Lodge

1299 Norfolk Ave., Park City, UT 84060

Talk about old school; this classic- and massive- chalet is a bit of Euro charm in a formerly funky mining town. It’s just a 10-minute walk to downtown, includes a Continental breakfast, and a choice of dorms or rooms with twin, double, or queen beds.

1299 Norfolk Ave.
Park City, UT 84060

4. The Bivouac

9511 Colorado 9, Breckenridge, CO 80424

The much-anticipated “Bivvi” opened December 4, and it’s already achieved cult-like status. What’s not to love about a stylish hostel that’s more private log cabin than frat house? With only 10 rooms (dorm and private), an outdoor hottub, and all-inclusive, honest-to-god hot breakfasts prepared to order, why stay anywhere else? Runner up: If the Bivvi is booked, Curbed Ski still loves the funky, ramshackle old house that’s the Fireside Inn. Comfy, friendly, and walking distance to downtown, it’s the teddy bear of hostels.

9511 Colorado 9
Breckenridge, CO 80424

5. St. Moritz Lodge

334 W Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

In the realm of ski town hostels, this one wins Curbed Ski’s heart, and not just because it’s in America’s most glam resort. Styled out like a groovy Alpine chalet, it’s spotless, with comfortable rooms, friendly staff, and a great location just minutes from downtown and the slopes. Dorms and private rooms, some with their own bath. Bonus: plentiful free parking.

334 W Hyman Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

6. Crested Butte International Lodge & Hostel

615 Teocalli Rd, Crested Butte, CO 81224

Located in town, this clean but utilitarian hostel is close to CB’s many bars and dining, and is just 100 yards from the free shuttle up the mountain. Dorms, private rooms, and kid-friendly apartments/off-site condo rentals are also available. With the exception of certain festivals and holidays (beware Vinotok, aka “Slovenian Burning Man," it’s also quiet.

615 Teocalli Rd
Crested Butte, CO 81224

7. Wanderlust Hostel

221 N Boulevard St, Gunnison, CO 81230

Owned by a local outdoor guide, this homey place is just 30 miles downvalley from Crested Butte but close to the free shuttle. More important, lift tickets are a whopping 60% off if you’re a guest. Fireplace, full kitchen, colorful décor, warm staff, and a mascot cat named Porkchop add to the appeal.

221 N Boulevard St
Gunnison, CO 81230

8. The Abominable Snowmansion Hostel

476 State Rd 150, Arroyo Seco, NM 87514

The quirky hamlet of Arroyo Seco lies up in the mountains, between the town of Taos and the ski area. There’s a mercantile/restaurant, a few boutiques, and this truly awesome old hostel, which is best known for its communal vibe and off-the-beaten-track location. Enjoy the green chile at Abe’s Cantina, and the access to Nordic pursuits and hot springs.

476 State Rd 150
Arroyo Seco, NM 87514