Arapahoe Basin, Colorado / Photo: Alex Kerney
It's not often a mainstream glossy magazine publishes travel tips that don't push readers toward prohibitively expensive, jet-set, see-and-be-seen diversions, but Outside magazine's online list of ways to save on skiing in 2014 is genuinely useful for saving tons of cash.
The title, "The Best Deals of the 2014 Ski Season," is worded that way so it will rise in Web search results—but it's really more of a list of several dozen strong money-saving tips grouped under 19 headers, plus some smart places to stay and eat at the most popular mountains.
For example, the author, Frederick Reimers, points out that you can still get a $69 room slopeside in Jackson Hole if you opt for The Hostel at Jackson Hole, which has some private rooms for that low price (as well as $25 bunks for the intrepid).
It mentions that if you're a beginner, all you have to do is pay $225 for a three-lesson package at Vermont's Sugarbush and you'll get a free pass for the rest of the season, valued at $1,600.
And it puts a spotlight on a stellar deal from Sunday River in Maine, where you get a night's lodging, breakfast, lift tickets, and two days of ski or snowboard lessons for just $129.
Reimer compiles standout deals for college students, cheap top-class skiing in Europe (Slovakia, anyone?), a restaurant at Whistler where the dishes are just $5, and a few tips on when late-season discounted passes become available—last year, Arapahoe Basin, Coloradio's highest ski peak, didn't shut down until June 2, but people had been using its $169 late-season pass since April.
There are many more good ideas in Outside's list. Once, we'd suggest you "clip and save" a list like this. This time, you can find it online—so clipboard and save it. You'll find it here. And we'll keep scouring the globe for the best travel deals and tips right here at Frommer's.