The skiing season has arrived, and it is time to start making reservations for the slopes. While you are making your ski holiday plans, you may want to consider these lesser-known ski areas that offer great slopes and great prices.

1. Brighton, Utah

Utah is known for its skiing, but many people overlook Brighton when searching for the ultimate skiing spot. Located at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Brighton is in a prime location for snowfall, with an average of 500 inches a year. The ski area spans over 1,000 acres and features trails, glades, bowls, and chutes.

There are beginner trails and those designed for the experienced skier. High-speed lifts are located throughout the area, and night skiing is available. What is perhaps the best benefit is that it is only $85 for a full day pass.

2. Crystal Mountain, Washington

Crystal Mountain is a well-kept secret among locals who know a fabulous place to ski when they see one. There are over 2,600 acres of trails, bowls, tree runs, and moguls. There are nine different lifts servicing the slopes, and the area has the only high-speed gondola in the state.

Family-friendly area and gentle trails for beginners are also available. The best part of it all - a day pass costs only $47 per person.

3. Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire

Located right across from Mount Washington, Wildcat offers something for every level of ski enthusiast. The area has over 2,000 feet of vertical skiing and 500 acres of mixed terrain. This is a favorite among locals, and many try to keep the area a secret.

The cost for a lift ticket is just $79, and it is well worth the investment. There is only one high-speed lift at the site, but taking the slower lifts give you a chance to enjoy the most beautiful scenery on the East Coast.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: