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Stratton Mountain Vermont Prepaid discount cards can often be a racket, but not so at Stratton, a 600-acre southern Vermont standby that hosts the top terrain park in the East. Stratton's $79 X2 card, which you can buy online, pays for itself in a single visit: Card carriers get a one-day lift ticket free with the purchase. What's more, they'll save $10 to $30 off any additional day passes and get to skip the ticket window lines—a big perk considering that the wait can be nearly a half hour on busy weekends. stratton.com, adult passes from $65 (online).

Winter Park Colorado The closest major resort to Denver (only 67 miles away), this bump-skiing paradise has added upgrades worth $170 million, including an ice-skating pond. What hasn't changed? The wallet-friendly lift-ticket prices, such as an $82 two-day child's pass over spring break. The nearby town of Fraser has the best affordable restaurants and hotels, such as the Rocky Mountain Inn & Hostel, which runs free shuttles to the slopes (therockymountaininn.com, from $79). winterparkresort.com, adult passes from $65.*

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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