Does anyone remember the horror movie “Hostel”? This deep/dark hotel where its victims get slaughtered couldn’t be further from reality. In fact, hostels of today are comfy, a great way to save money, and most of all meet new friends! So, here are five youth hostels near ski resorts that are a treat instead of a trick.
Mellow Mountain Hostel – South Lake Tahoe
One of the hippest on the list, this hostel has been featured in Powder Magazine and has that cool vibe that you look for not only in a hostel but even a hotel. The best part is it’s just steps away from Heavenly’s gondola and a short ride to Sierra-at-Tahoe.
St Moritz Lodge – Aspen
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Aspen is known for its luxurious lodging and amazing terrain. From Ajax to Buttermilk, there is a mountain specifically designed for your skill level. Does that mean you can’t hit these resorts without spending a fortune on lodging or staying 60 miles away? Nope! This is where St. Moritz Lodge comes into play. Named after the high alpine resort in the eastern Swiss Alps, this is a great choice if you’re looking for that European style hostel lodging at a great price. To sweeten the deal even more, it’s within walking distance of the après scene and transportation to all the ski resorts.
The SnowMansion – Taos
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Taos has been home to art and furniture making for centuries. From Georgia O’Keefe to DH Lawrence, many famous artists have called this place home. Besides the amazing skiing, this region is still a hot bed of artistry with nearly 80 galleries and three museums. If you want to keep this spirit alive, stay at the SnowMansion hostel. Owned by the art commune in Taos called the Seco Pearl, the hostel is how they make money to support their community. Our Local Freshies® contributor ‘Q’ stayed at the SnowMansion and raved about it on his Local Lowdown spot check. With free parking, a pool table, organic dinners, coffee/cereal/fresh fruit breakfasts and an option for having your own room, he said it was pretty awesome.
The Hostel – Jackson Hole
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Hostels afford you the opportunity to meet people and learn about others’ cultures. The Hostel in Jackson Hole is considered as one of the best in the world near the slopes. It’s especially amazing since it’s located at the base of the famous Tram which accesses nearly 4,000+ vertical feet of steep snow covered terrain.
Whistler Lodge Hostel – Whistler
Whistler is one of the few ski destinations that doesn’t have just one hostel but multiple options. Out of all the choices, the Whistler Lodge Hostel is a bit more unique. Built in 1965 by University of British Columbia students, it was designed as a touring lodge with a reputation rooted in its legendary parties. Over time though, it has grown more refined along with the surrounding area. Today, it still has that cozy cabin feel but with an upgrade to its interior.
Skiing and snowboarding can be expensive sports, but with a little bit of flexibility you can enjoy these mountains at a fraction of the cost by staying at one of these ski hostels. Let us know if you’ve crashed at any others deserving of a place on the list. And if you’re looking for more trip ideas or inspiration check out our in-depth guide: Ski Trip Planning – Plan The Best Ski Holiday Ever! Within it you’ll find tips like when to go visit certain ski areas, the scoop on indy ski areas that feel less corporate and have big personalities, and even how to avoid crowds.