Any suggestions on cheap places to stay for these dates?
I wish I could offer some good suggestions, but as someone who lives here, I don't get much use for the hotels. I will say, that I am often surprised by the rates at Stoweflake (lower than I'd expect), when it is off-peak, and I think the Gathering would count as off-peak. Might want to check it out.
I've ended up booking a room at Alpenrose hotel at Stowe. $80/night was the cheapest place I could find at Stowe for the coming week. I'm not sure why but this coming week is more expensive then early Feb when I was at Stowe last time.