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Camping Near Ski Resorts in Winter

Finding overnight parking and camping near a ski resort is, surprisingly, a challenging task.  Many places have city ordinances prohibiting overnight parking, many campgrounds close in the winter, and national forest dispersed campgrounds are inaccessible due to heavy snow.

Finding free campsites near ski resorts is INCREDIBLY unreliable and after a full day of skiing, rolling up on a place your THOUGHT would be fine to stay overnight and be met with a huge ‘No Overnight Parking’ sign is incredibly discouraging.

This list includes free camping when available, but this list is a compilation of known LEGAL places to camp, most of which do impose a nightly fee (campground or RV park), and are prioritized by proximity to the mountain.

If you have a known, 100% legal, places to sleep in your camper/van/RV overnight during the winter:

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1/28/19:  This list currently includes IKON Pass destinations in the North American West.  The list will be updated in time.

IKON Pass

California

Squaw Alpine Meadows

The Blackwood Canyon Sno-Park is the closest camping near Squaw Alpine Meadows.  It is an 11 mile, 15 minute drive and has a nightly fee of $5 or a season pass for $25.  This is simply a trailhead parking lot but overnight in-vehicle camping is permitted.  PLEASE use good judgement and limit your stay to no more than 3-4 nights and move to allow the snow plows to work when necessary. There are no utilities here, so you must be fully self contained and be prepared to pack-it-in pack-it-out. Please leave your area cleaner than you found it so we can continue to be allowed such inexpensive camping near Squaw Alpine Meadows.  Info about where to purchase the Sno-Park Permit and more can be found here: http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1233

Coachland RV Park in Truckee is the closest RV park to Squaw Alpine Meadows that is open in the winter.  It is a 13 mile, 19 minute drive with daily rates of $39 and weekly rates of $234. They offer discounts to various groups including Goodsam members. For more information, visit: http://www.coachlandrvpark.com/

Big Bear

The Holloways Marina and RV Park in Big Bear Lake, CA is the closest campground or RV park to Big Bear Mountain Resort.  It is a 5 mile, 12 minute drive and has rates starting at $50 per night. For more information, please visit: http://www.bigbearhollowaysmarina.com/bigbearrvpark.html

Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain RV Park is the closest RV park to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.  It is a 6 mile, 15 minute drive away and has daily rates starting at $51 and weekly rates starting at $307 plus an added fee for pets.  For more information, please visit http://www.mammothrv.com/

There is BLM land just south of Mammoth Mountain and is the closest free camping near Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.  It is a 15 mile, 25 minute drive. This is in the “Whitmore Hot Springs” area. Please clean up your messes, practice ‘pack-it-in, pack-it-out’ and leave no trace principles, and bring an extra trash bag and leave this area CLEANER than you found it.  For tips on finding free dispersed camping, please visit: https://www.explorist.life/how-to-find-free-camping/

June Lake

There is no overnight RV Parking anywhere near June Lake Ski Area.  The entries under Mammoth Mountain in this blog post will be your next closest options.

Colorado

Steamboat

The Steamboat Springs KOA in Steamboat Springs is the closest RV park to Steamboat Resort that is open in the winter.  It is a 6 mile, 15 minute drive to Steamboat Resort via car, or you can ride the free Steamboat bus that leaves right from the KOA.  They have daily rates of $58 with discounts available for KOA Value Card members.  For more information, visit: https://koa.com/campgrounds/steamboat-springs/

Another option is the Red Mountain RV Park in Kremmling.  Red Mountain RV Park in Kremmling is a 50 mile, hour long drive to Steamboat Springs with nightly rates starting at $37, weekly rates of $222, and monthly rates of $510. For more information, please visit: http://www.redmtnrvpark.com/

Winter Park

Winter Park allows free overnight parking in select parking lots.  You must call (970) 726-1564 and ask for security to obtain a permit.  PLEASE limit your stay to no more than 3-4 nights. There are no utilities here, so you must be fully self contained and be prepared to pack-it-in pack-it-out.  Please leave your area cleaner than you found it so we can continue to be offered this rare luxury. Please call (970) 726-1564 and ask for security for more information.

If you need an actual RV park with hookups, the Red Mountain RV Park in Kremmling is the closest RV Park to Winter Park Ski Resort that is open in the winter.  It is a 47 mile, hour long drive with nightly rates starting at $37, weekly rates of $222, and monthly rates of $510. For more information, please visit: http://www.redmtnrvpark.com/

Copper Mountain

Tiger Run Resort is the closest campground or RV park to Copper Mountain that is open in the winter.  It is a 12 mile, 20 minute drive away with nightly rates in the $90 per night range. Monthly site rentals available starting at $1375.  For more information, please visit: https://www.tigerrunresort.com/

Another option is the Red Mountain RV Park in Kremmling.  Red Mountain RV Park in Kremmling is a 48 mile, hour long drive to Copper Mountain with nightly rates starting at $37, weekly rates of $222, and monthly rates of $510.  For more information, please visit: http://www.redmtnrvpark.com/

Aspen Snowmass

Glenwood Canyon Resort is the closest campground or RV Park to Aspen Snowmass Ski Area.  It is a 42 mile, hour long drive away and has rates starting at $52 per night or $250 per week.  For more information, please visit: https://www.glenwoodcanyonresort.com/

Eldora

The Denver West KOA is the closest campground or RV park to Eldora Ski Area that is open in the winter.  It is a 24 mile, 40 minute drive with daily rates starting at $45 per night. For more information, please visit: https://koa.com/campgrounds/denver-west/

Wyoming

Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole Campground is the closest campground or RV park to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort that is open in the winter.  It is a 5 mile, 12 minute drive away or you can catch the free bus from the Calico Pizza/ Q Roadhouse- Northbound bus stop.  Rates start at $59 per night. For more information, please visit: http://jacksonholecampground.com/

Montana

Big Sky

The Gallatin County Fairgrounds is the closest campground or RV park to Big Sky Resort.  It is a 51 mile drive that is over an hour away. Rates start at $20 per night for no-hookups, $35 per night for electric only, or $40 per night for 50-amp with sewer.  No water, no showers, no bathrooms available. For more information, visit: http://www.gallatincountyfairgrounds.com/book-an-event/spaces-to-rent/rv-camping

Utah

Deer Valley

Jordanelle State Park is the closest campground to Deer Valley Resort that is open in the winter.  It is a 11 mile, 16 minute drive with nightly rates of $16 per night. This is simply a marina parking lot so no utilities are provided but there is a bathroom available.  For more information, please visit: https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/jordanelle/current-conditions/

If you need hookups, the closest RV Park to Deer Valley Resort is Park City RV Resort.  It is a 9 mile, 25 minute drive and has rates starting at $37. Please note, there are dog breed restrictions.  For more information, please visit: http://www.parkcityrvresort.com/

Brighton

The Salt Lake City KOA is the closest campground or RV Park to Brighton Resort.  It’s a 33 mile, 40 minute drive with nightly rates starting at $38. For more information, please visit: https://koa.com/campgrounds/salt-lake-city/

Another option for Brighton is the Pony Express RV Resort & Campground.  It’s a 38 mile, 45 minute drive and has rates starting at $49 nightly, $227 weekly, and $682 monthly.  For more information, please visit: https://www.sunrvresorts.com/resorts/west/utah/pony-express-rv-resort/

Alta

The Salt Lake City KOA is the closest campground or RV Park to Alta Ski Area.  It’s a 33 mile, 40 minute drive with nightly rates starting at $38. For more information, please visit: https://koa.com/campgrounds/salt-lake-city/

Another option for Alta Ski Area is the Pony Express RV Resort & Campground.  It’s a 38 mile, 45 minute drive and has rates starting at $49 nightly, $227 weekly, and $682 monthly.  For more information, please visit: https://www.sunrvresorts.com/resorts/west/utah/pony-express-rv-resort/

Snowbird

The Salt Lake City KOA is the closest campground or RV Park to Snowbird Ski Resort.  It’s a 30 mile, 40 minute drive with nightly rates starting at $38. For more information, please visit: https://koa.com/campgrounds/salt-lake-city/

Another option for Snowbird Ski Resort is the Pony Express RV Resort & Campground.  It’s a 34 mile, 40 minute drive and has rates starting at $49 nightly, $227 weekly, and $682 monthly.  For more information, please visit: https://www.sunrvresorts.com/resorts/west/utah/pony-express-rv-resort/

Canada – West

Banff Sunshine

The Tunnel Mountain Campground in Banff  is the closest Campground to Sunshine Village Ski Resort.  It’s a 12 mile, 22 minute drive and has rates of $24 USD daily.  For more information, please visit: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/camping/tunnel2

Banff Norquay

The Tunnel Mountain Campground in Banff  is the closest Campground to Mt. Norquay Ski Resort.  It’s a 6 mile, 18 minute drive and has rates of $24 USD daily.  For more information, please visit: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/camping/tunnel2

Lake Louise

The Lake Louise Campground in Lake Louise is the closest Campground to Lake Louise Ski Resort.  It’s a 2.6 mile, 8 minute drive and has rates of $24 USD daily. For more information, please visit: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/camping/lltrailer

Revelstoke

Revelstoke Mountain Resort graciously allows a free night of overnight camping for RV’s and campers.  There are no utilities here, so you must be fully self contained and be prepared to pack-it-in pack-it-out.  Please leave your area cleaner than you found it so we can continue to be offered this rare luxury. You’ll need to obtain a permit at The Sutton Place Hotel front desk.  For more info, visit: https://www.revelstokemountainresort.com/accommodation/rv-parks-camping

The Boulder Mountain Resort in Revelstoke is an RV Park in Revelstoke that is a 4 mile, 9 minute drive and has rates starting at $40.48 nightly or $735 monthly (Prices in USD).  For more information, please visit: http://bouldermountainresort.ca/rates-and-info/camping/

The Revelstoke Campground is an RV Park in Revelstoke that’s open in the winter and is a 3 mile, 8 minute drive and has rates starting at $24 (USD).  Conditions dependant, 4x4 may be required. Due to this, no trailers are allowed. For more information, visit: http://revelstokecampground.com/

Cypress Mountain Ski Resort

The Capilano River RV Park is an RV Park near Cypress Mountain Ski Resort that’s open during the winter.  It’s a 13 mile, 22 minute drive and has rates starting at $38 per night and weekly rates of $270 USD. For more information, visit: http://www.capilanoriverrvpark.com/camping-near-vancouver

Washington

Crystal Mountain Resort

Crystal Mountain Resort offers a full RV park on-site.  It is first come, first serve. Electric is included but water and sewer is off-site.  Rates at $40 per night (excluding holiday reservations) and there is a 14 day stay limit. Please leave your area cleaner than you found it so we can continue to be offered this rare luxury.  For more information, visit: https://www.crystalmountainresort.com/plan-your-trip/lodging-trip-planning/holiday-rv-parking/

The Summit at Snoqualmie

The Summit at Snoqualmie offers overnight camping on-site.  It is first come, first serve. There are no utilities here, so you must be fully self contained and be prepared to pack-it-in pack-it-out.  Please leave your area cleaner than you found it so we can continue to be offered this rare luxury. Rates start at $15 per night.  Find more information on rates and rules here: https://summitatsnoqualmie.com/overnight-parking

New Mexico

Taos

Taos Ski Valley allows free overnight parking in the ‘Deer Lot’.  Please let the parking attendants of your intentions before parking as they will direct to to a specific location.  They have a maximum stay of 7 days. Please use good judgement and do not overstay this generous offer. There are no utilities here, so you must be fully self contained and be prepared to pack-it-in pack-it-out.  Please leave your area cleaner than you found it so we can continue to be offered this rare luxury. For more info, click here: https://www.taosskivalley.com/member/rv-parking

If you need an actual RV park with hookups, Taos Montebello RV Park is the next closest RV park near Taos Ski Valley open in the winter.  It’s a 17 mile, 28 minute drive and rates start at $43 daily, and $275+electric weekly. Learn more here: http://taosmontebellorvpark.com