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10 ski areas the place you possibly can camp within the car parking zone

As most ski huts and hotels have limited capacity this winter due to COVID-19, you can bring or rent a motorhome or motorhome instead. Most resorts don’t allow overnight parking, but we’ve found ten ski hills across the country that have spaces for your wheeled cabin.

If you have an Ikon Pass

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Kristallberg, Washington

Crystal Mountain (ticket prices to be announced) outside of Enumclaw, Washington, offers overnight camping (starting at $ 30) in the resort’s RV park. Reservations are required this winter. Book a month in advance if you can as spaces fill up quickly. The property offers 66 parking spaces and electricity connections for mobile homes. Also new this year, Wi-Fi will cover the entire area in case you have to call for a Zoom meeting in the middle of a day of skiing. You can order online at the hotel’s own mountain market in the base this winter, so you can request a pick-up for groceries or a six-pack local warehouse.

If you live on the east coast

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Gunstock, New Hampshire

Not many ski resorts on the east coast allow overnight camping, but the Gunstock Mountain Resort (day passes from USD 84). This small Gilford, New Hampshire ski resort, 90 miles from Boston, has an RV (from $ 45) that has access to a bathhouse with hot showers and washing machines. Reserve online in good time. Some people even book websites for the entire winter season. If you’d like to leave the RV for the night, the resort also rents out two rustic cabins in a wooded area along the cross-country ski trails.

When you have an epic pass

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Stevens Pass, Washington

The RV area at Stevens Pass in Washington (day passes from $ 124 if you buy a 4-pack Epic Day pass) will operate by reservation this winter. Pre-book one of the 60 free RV sites to secure your spot. Many of the families and individuals who stay here do so at any time of the year, creating a real sense of community. And the location right at the foot of the ski hill, two hours east of Seattle, is unbeatable. The T-Bar Market at Granite Peaks Lodge offers espresso and to-go items return to your RV.

If you want uphill access

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Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana

It is within walking distance of the Willow Tail Lot, where RVs are allowed to park for up to three nights, to the Base Lodge at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana. RV parking doesn’t require reservations – first come, first served – but there is a fee of $ 15 per night and you must complete registration papers upon check-in at the main property. The base lodge is a couple of lifts to the top of the mountain, from where you can enjoy views of Glacier National Park before falling into powder storage through the trees of the North Bowl. If you enjoy shedding, Whitefish offers access to specific uphill routes throughout the day. However, this year you will need to buy a ticket or pass (starting at $ 85).

If your Season Pass is part of the Powder Alliance

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China Peak, California

China Peak, 65 miles northeast of Fresno, California, doesn’t attract the same target travelers that flock to the ski resorts near Lake Tahoe. As a result, there are few crowds at this local resort (day passes start at $ 104). There is also plenty of space to spread out with seven chairlifts and more than 1,400 hectares. The best part? You can park your van or motorhome at one of the 16 spaces (from 49 USD) on a designated overnight space not far from the piste inn on China Peak. The resort is part of the Powder Alliance. If you have a season ticket for one of the participating resorts, you will receive three free days of skiing here. Reservations are required for overnight parking.

When you are with the family

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Schweitzer, Idaho

Parking on the designated RV parking spaces at Schweitzer Mountain Resort (day passes from USD 89) in Sandpoint, Idaho is free. There is a three day limit, however. You’ll come for the empty clearings – this self-contained resort in the Selkirk Mountains has some of the best tree skiing – and averages over 300 inches of snow a year. Families on the road will find plenty of amenities here, from the resort’s daycare center to children’s evenings to snow tubing and terrain parks for beginners.

If you want to get away from the crowds

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Powderhorn, Colorado

Let the crowds head to the busier Front Range ski areas. Continuing on Interstate 70 takes you to Powderhorn Mountain Resort (ticket price to be announced) outside of Grand Junction, Colorado, where 1,600 acres of skiers meet in the crowds. You can park for free overnight anywhere in the resort’s 5 acre car park. Last year Powderhorn also unveiled six tiny homes available for nightly rental (starting at $ 129) at the base of the mountain. Climbing is allowed here, but you need a ticket (from $ 5).

If you are a backcountry skier

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Grand Targhee, Wyoming

The nicest thing about night parking (from USD 25) at the Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming is that there are different spaces for different rigs. If you’re arriving in a Sprinter Van, park on Meadow Campground. If you have a huge pendant, Lot 4 is for you. Do you need a rig? Teton Backcountry Rentals above Teton Pass in Jackson, Wyoming, rents all-wheel drive RVs. As for skiing, there’s cold smoke powder, resort-operated cat skiing, and great backcountry access (with options for guided excursions) through designated gates (day passes from $ 103).

If you are looking for a festive atmosphere

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Mount Bachelor, Oregon

In a normal year, the Mount Bachelor night parking lot outside of Bend, Oregon feels like a fun festival of ski culture at its best: apres ski around the fire pit, kids building snow forts, and a close community of skiers and skier drivers who gather around the first chair on a powder day (day passes from $ 65). This year things will be a little different, but you can still expect to have a good time here. The resort even has an annual Spring Festival for Vanlifers and RVers called RendezVan, which is currently scheduled to take place in April 2021. The 50 RV locations – almost half of which have power hookups – need to be reserved in advance (prices to be announced). Reservations are also required for all skier parking spaces for Mount Bachelor.

If you are an advanced skier

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Sipapu, New Mexico

Not many ski resorts have their own year-round campground, but you can find one at the family-run Sipapu Resort outside of Taos, New Mexico (lift ticket prices to be announced). Park overnight (starting at $ 40) on designated lots a short walk from the ski resort’s base lodge. You won’t find the same steep terrain as the nearby Taos Ski Valley – most of it is more intermediate than advanced – but the snow quality can be just as good. Sipapu also has one of the longest ski seasons in New Mexico – usually November through April. Plus, kids ten Years old and younger can ski for free all season.

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