#3 Mad River Glen, Vermont
Single Day Adult Weekend Window Rate: $79
Three Day Adult Online Rate: $155 ($52/day)
Why Ski There: The last of the old-time Vermont resorts, Mad River Glen features a single-chair lift, gnarly terrain, and almost no snowmaking (hence the taunt, “Ski it if you Can”). Its all-about-the-skiing mentality inspires cult-like devotion.
Why It’s a Bargain: Determinedly non-commercial, the resort offers precious little to buy at the mountain. Nearby eateries like The Hyde Away Inn offer pub fare that is downright cheap, while the Easy Street Café is easy on the wallet.
Where to Stay: The Mad River Inn (doubles from $105) is an affordable taste of 1860 Victoriana.