The joy of sliding on snow just keeps getting spendier. In the day and age of gargantuan package passes and lift tickets well over $100, it can feel like resort riding is only for the haves, and the dirtbag-era is but a fond memory. Not to mention families and even young folks being priced out. But even as inflation and corporate conglomerations make it tough on the everyman to ride lift-accessed terrain, there are still some quiet, inexpensive powder stashes out there.
“(Inexpensive resorts) get people into skiing,” says Sander Hadley, pro skier and resort shredding champion (also of Ruin and Rose and Drop Everything fame). “If you’re lucky enough to have one of these gems near you, it enables you to ski every day (for cheap).” Hadley grew up skiing Pebble Creek, outside Pocatello, Idaho, where snowfall of 100 inches “was a good year.” While he now calls the world-class resorts of Utah’s Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons home, he still loves going back to “The Rock.”