Instead of Vail, go to Beaver Creek

Fly: United Airlines out of DCA to Vail and Eagle, Colo., $426

Stay:The Christie Lodge, $320 per person, traveling with five people

Ski:ISports rental shop in the lobby of The Christie Lodge, four days skiing for $360, or three days for $276

Eat:Bob’s Place, 100 West Beaver Creek Blvd., Avon, Colo., 81620

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This ski resort town is a hidden gem, and a great budget-friendly alternative to Vail, Colo. The Christie Lodge is a free shuttle ride away from the slopes, and is filled with a cozy charm and great amenities. For a one-bedroom suite that sleeps five, you’ll pay $320 per person for the week. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, saunas, hot tubs, an indoor pool, a movie rental office and ping pong tables. Grab a bite at one of the many eateries within walking distance from the lodge. Bob’s Place is open until 2 a.m. and cooks up a mean cheese steak, the locals boast. Be sure to grab a ski pass in the lodge lobby’s sports rental shop.

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