Originally Posted by killclimbz
Holy crap! Wintepark as a budget spot? With $90 lift tickets? Come on guys. Even with discount tickets you're lucky to get under $80 a day. If you flew into Denver Loveland would be the most budget minded ski area. I think lift tickets are around $60 a day there. You could stay in Idaho Springs for true dirt baggin', though I suspect there are reasonable lodging options.
That's true if you're piecing it together, but big resorts like WP tend to have good packages.
I did a package at Copper years ago (2004) that came out to just over $500 for 3 day lift tickets (Super Bee tickets, nonetheless) and four nights slopeside lodging--for 2 people. That breaks down to about $63 per night with free skiing. That's cheaper than any other trip I've taken, no matter what the respective cost of lift tickets.
My best advice is to determine a few places that you want to ski based on skiing/conditions/whatever else is important. Then check the web and also call to find out about packages. That package I got at Copper wasn't advertised anywhere and I would have never gotten it if I hadn't called.
If you can't find a good package, Utah is definitely the way to go for cheap lodging and lift tickets. You can find discount lift tickets for nearly every major resort at ski and sport shops all over the Wasatch Front and find a ~$50 per night hotel with ease. The only issue is that you won't be slopeside and will need to figure out transportation.