Cheap Getaways in January

When winter comes, there's only one thing on everyone's mind: snow, snow, and more snow! Take advantage of the beautiful white winter by treating yourself to a get away at some of America's most scenic ski resorts. These destinations boast not only great ski opportunities, but a little something extra as well! Check out this list of top cheap getaways in January, and remember, a vacation rental can make just about any destination a cheap destination!

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole's beautiful mountain scenery, combined with an Old Western feel, make for a unique atmosphere that is both adventurous and cosmopolitan. With one of America's highest vertical drops (1,262 meters), Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a must-visit for all ski and snowboard enthusiasts. Sightseeing lift tickets range from $10 to $25. Tickets to J ackson Hole's National Museum of Wildlife Art is also quite affordable, at $12.

park city utah hikingPark City, Utah

Park City offers a number of world-class ski resorts, which means a number of options for your budget - Canyons Resort , Deer Valley Resort , and Park City Mountain Resort - for all ages. If skiing is not your thing, check out:
  • Horse-drawn sleigh rides through the scenic mountains with Park City Mountain Resort.
  • Hot air balloon rides with Park City Balloon Adventures .
  • Sundance Film Festival held for two weeks each January where you can search for Hollywood stars before heading home to your vacation rental.
  • It only costs $10 to visit the Park City Museum , and you can enjoy the Alpine Coaster and Alpine Slide for $25.

Stowe, Vermont

Stowe Mountain Resort is the home of Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest mountain at 1,339 meters. Stowe has trails for people of all levels; the famous "Front Four" trails challenges intermediate and expert skiers while the lower altitude Spruce Peak is great for beginners. Stowe is also home to some of the most extensive trails on the East Coast, making it a perfect destination for snowshoeing. Meanwhile, cyclists, joggers, and skiers enjoy rides down the Stowe Recreation Path , and scenic breaks or picnics along the way, for free. Weissner Woods offers up another trail open for hikers and the like, as well.  

White Mountains, New Hampshire

The White Mountains of New Hampshire is a great weekend destination for a number of reasons:
Skiers can enjoy Mt. Washington , the highest peak in the northeastern United States (at 1,917 meters). History buffs should check out Bretton Woods , the site of the UN Monetary and Financial Conference in 1944.

Heavenly, California

Gondola rides at Heavenly Mountain , ice skating at Heavenly Village , and dogsled rides with Husky Express make Heavenly a great winter destination for family vacations. As an added bonus, Heavenly is home David Walley's Hot Springs , featuring natural mineral pools perfect after a day of winter activities.

Taos, New Mexico

Taos is a popular ski destination, and visitors can enjoy a number of unique opportunities, including
  • Beginner ski lessons at the famous Taos Ski Valley Ski School .
  • Llama trekking trips with Wild Earth Llama Adventures .
  • Alpine skiing at Red River Ski Area .
For affordable fun, go hiking in the Rio Grande Gorge or check out Native American art at the Millicent Rogers Museum (admission is free on Sundays).

Aspen, Colorado

While Aspen boasts spectacular ski resorts such as Buttermilk and Aspen Mountain , what makes Aspen unique from other ski destinations is Winterskol, Aspen's annual winter festival held each January. With over 40 events such as the Buttermilk Uphill Race and a kids' snow sculpture competition, Winterskol showcases the best of Aspen ski culture making Colorado one of the best cheap getaways in January. Need cheap things to do? Take a scenic drive down Independence Pass , hike one of the many trails around Maroon Lake , or visit the Holden Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum (adults get in for $6).

Lake Placid, New York

Ice-covered cliffs and frozen waterfalls make Lake Placid a popular ice climbing destination. Brook Falls , Multiplication Gully , and the Cascade Pass offer visitors a number of options for beginners to experts. Affordable attractions include the many nature trails, the John Brown Farm State Historic Site , and the Olympic Center and Lake Placid Olympic Museum .

Killington, Vermont

Aside from amazing ski opportunities, Killington offers a two-week Collegiate Snowfest where college students compete in a series of events, including Alpine Pursuit , King of the Mountain , and Cardboard Derby . Convenient from nearby Boston and New Hampshire, students can also take short scenic drive to the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury, Vermont.

Sun Valley, Idaho

Listed as one of the top 10 Best Ski Resorts for non-skiers by USA Today, Sun Valley is a prime location for cheap getaways in January. Besides skiing you'll also find winter paragliding opportunities from the summit of Bald Mountain via Fly Sun Valley. Though a scenic hike along the Salmon River can be just as fun and a whole lot more affordable.

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