Off-the-radar ski destinations for families

Planning a family trip can be expensive, but opting for a less popular destination is a great place to start. Staying in an off-the-radar spot can lower the cost of accommodations and introduce you to a new place to hit the slopes.

Vacation homes are a great option for family winter getaways by creating a space for the whole group to spend time together under one roof, and they offer great amenities like fireplaces, private hot tubs and fully equipped kitchens. Vacation rentals are also great to cut costs of a ski trip with fully equipped kitchens to store groceries and cook meals to cut the costs of eating out, and budget-friendly options farther away from the slopes and other attractions.That way you’re only a short drive away, but you have the added benefit of more space to spread out and relax. 

To help in your search for affordable ski accommodations, Vrbo rounded up five off-the-beaten path destinations for your ski trip.

If you’re interested in visiting Park City, Utah, consider Sundance, Utah.

Less than an hour southwest of Park City, vacation rentals in Sundance average $557 per night compared with $698 in vacation rentals in Park City. Whether you’re taking a couple weeks or a weekend, Sundance is a great spot for skiers of all ages. Home to the Sundance Film Festival, the town is full of culture and great places to eat. 

This vacation home is nestled amongst giant pine trees in Sundance with a small stream flowing in the backyard.

Rent this beautiful cabin

If you’re interested in visiting Breckenridge, Colorado, consider Fraser, Colorado.

Fraser is about 90 minutes north of Breckenridge and 90 minutes west of Denver. It’s a small town near Winter Park where you can ski at places like Winter Park Resort and Ski Granby Ranch. Vacation rentals in Fraser average $388 per night compared with $460 in vacation rentals in Breckenridge. When you’re tired of the slopes, make an easy day trip to nearby wonders such as Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake and Hot Sulphur Springs.

This bungalow in Fraser, Colorado, features a private hot tub and has enough room to sleep 18. 

Stay in this group-friendly bungalow

If you’re interested in visiting South Lake Tahoe, California, consider Carson City, Nevada.

Carson City, Nevada, is a short 45-minute drive northeast of South Lake Tahoe, California. Average nightly rates for vacation rentals in Carson City are $165 compared with $511 for vacation rentals in South Lake Tahoe. Whether you want to make the drive to South Lake or visit nearby slopes, there are lots of options for skiers to choose from. 

This condo in Carson City has a beautiful fireplace to cozy up next to after a long day on the slopes. 

Book this cozy condo 

If you’re interested in visiting Vail, Colorado, consider Silverthorne, Colorado.

Silverthorne, Colorado, is only a 30-minute drive away from famous Vail, Colorado. Vacation rentals in Silverthorne average $364 per night compared with $705 in vacation rentals in Vail. Not only is there an abundance of family ski resorts in the area, but also after a day of winter fun you can visit the area’s many breweries, bars and restaurants. 

This vacation home has a huge kitchen for the whole crew to cook meals when you want to stay in! 

Rent this 3-bedroom townhome

If you’re interested in visiting Sunriver, Oregon, consider Sisters, Oregon.

Less than an hour northwest of Sunriver, Oregon, vacation rentals in Sisters average $335 per night compared with $368 for vacation rentals in Sunriver. Hoodoo Ski Area boasts great reviews for family fun and affordability, and The Autobahn Tubing Park is a great option when the kids get tired of the slopes. 

This vacation home has a private pool and a beautiful deck overlooking the pine trees.

Stay in this sweet retreat