5 Awesome Ski Trips You Can Take Without Leaving The Country

It's hard to muster up the motivation to go outside when it's freezing cold, but we're always happy to leave our toasty beds for a chance to frolic in the snow. Ski trips are the perfect friend vacations in winter months: There's hardly anything more fun than getting active with your best buds and celebrating with boozy drinks by the fireplace après ski.

You don't have to venture to the Alps to have a memorable holiday in the snow: The U.S. is home to an impressive range of ski resorts that cater to different skill levels and budgets — and you'll be saving a lot on a plane ticket. As far as accommodation goes, internal data provided by HotelsCombined.com indicates that December is the priciest month to book a ski lodge. However, prices will be going down in January, becoming even more affordable in February and March.

To help you plan ahead for your mountain vacation, we rounded up five under-the-radar ski resorts in the country that will be a blast for millennials. Now all that's left is to style a killer snow bunny ensemble.

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Mountain Creek, NJ

Yes, there's a winter wonderland right in New Jersey. Just an hour's drive from NYC, Mountain Creek offers the highest mountain terrain in the area. With 41 trails, 30 snowtubing lanes, and a panoply of bar options for après ski, this ski resort is made for a weekend escape from the city.
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Windham Mountain, NY

Nestled in the Great Northern Catskills, this resort is lauded for its efficiency and clean slopes. A team of snowmakers and groomers are dedicated to keep the slopes well-manicured, and a roster of experienced instructors is capable of taking on both rookies and expert skiiers without losing their humor. The resort is well-equipped with weekly live concerts and DJ sessions at its on-site dining and nightlife venues, so you won't ever get bored.
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Arapahoe Basin, CO

Vail and Aspen may be far more well-known ski destinations in Colorado, but Arapahoe Basin is known by locals as "The Legend" — and that has got to mean something. For one thing, it offers the highest skiable terrain in North America and the most drastic vertical drop in the Northeast. It also boasts the longest ski season in America, lasting from October to June.
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Snowbird, UT

Just a 45-minute drive from Salt Lake City Airport, Snowbird is one of the most accessible year-round ski resorts in the state. The wide variety of terrains on the 2,500 acre resort makes it a suitable destination for skiers at any skill level. When you're off the slopes, hit up one of the outdoor heated swimming pools to admire the magnificent granite peaks unique to the state.
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Mount Hood, OR

Fancy some nighttime skiing? Mount Hood Ski Bowl is one of the biggest areas in the U.S. that's open after dark. You'll have a blast doing Cosmic Tubing, the resort's evening snowtubing experience, accompanied by multi-colored lasers, LED lights, and pumping music. With its convenient distance from Portland and relatively affordable prices (nighttime lift tickets start at $32), this ski area is a great bang for your buck if you're more about having fun on the trip beyond skiing.
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