Ski resorts that allow RV parking

18 Ski Resorts That Allow RV Parking

Updated on December 25th, 2023
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Snagging a hotel or lodge room at a ski resort can often be challenging, especially when you decide to hit the slopes last minute. The cost of an overnight stay at a ski resort can also be a shock to your winter fun budget.

The solution to enjoying time this winter skiing with less stress on your schedule and wallet is to find ski resorts that allow RV parking overnight.

While many ski resorts prohibit overnight parking, there are plenty that not only allow it but have set aside a particular area in their parking lots just for recreational vehicles.

To find a ski resort near you that permits overnight RV parking, check out the list below and get all the details about each location so you can plan a ski trip and save money, too!

Rules for Ski Resorts That Allow RV Parking

A ski resort with an RV parking

Call to Verify they Allow RV Overnight Parking

The first rule you need to follow before driving your recreational vehicle to any ski resort is to call ahead and verify it is currently available.

Many of the resorts on the list below don’t officially advertise they offer overnight RV parking but welcome you as long as you follow their guidelines on where to park, how long you can stay, and that you purchase passes to their slopes.

Even popular ski areas known to be RV-friendly may have temporarily suspended overnight parking of campers due to weather, construction, or concerns over the continuing health crisis. So, a quick phone call will let you know what each location has available.

Contact Ski Resort Guest Services Immediately Upon Arrival

If you can’t phone ahead, and it’s your first time at a location, always pull your RV into the ski resort parking lot and park it either in the oversized vehicle area or on the outskirts to not interfere with normal customer traffic.

Enter the lodge and speak to guest services to get permission or pay to remain in their parking lot overnight. Some places will permit you to post in your RV, so security doesn’t bother you.

Most ski resorts have limited RV parking spaces. However, if those sites are full, they may have overflow parking spots to stay in if you don’t mind dry camping.

Follow RV Quiet Hours and Other Rules

RV quiet hours

Most ski resorts that allow RV parking overnight require generators to shut down by 9 or 10 pm to let guests sleep in peace. This rule means you’ll need to have either 12-volt or RV-safe propane space heaters or enough propane in your RV tanks to run your campervan, travel trailer, motorhome, or fifth-wheel furnace until quiet hours end in the morning.

Every ski resort that allows RVs to stay overnight will have rules on pets, garbage, waste tank disposal, and campfires. Ask what their policies are so you don’t get a visit from security or local law enforcement asking you to leave.

A tip is to look at the other recreational vehicles at the resort for clues on RV protocol. For example, if you don’t see anyone with a firepit or camp chairs out, don’t set yours out.

US Ski Resorts that Allow RV Parking

You’ll find ski resorts that allow RV parking in the list below. However, be aware that it’s rare to find RV overnight parking at ski resorts in the eastern US.

Eastern Ski Resorts That Allow RV Parking

Gunstock Mountain Resort – Gilford, New Hampshire

Gunstock Mountain Resort is a favorite for ski-loving RVers, with a designated RV campground on the premises that offers primitive to full-hookup campsites that range in price from $35-$55 nightly, depending on the season. The resort does not allow overnight RVs in their main parking areas.

RV campsites are on Ash or Birch Lane for the winter ski season, with only electric hookups available. There is access to a bathhouse with hot showers and a laundry facility.

Reservations are wise, and there’s a two-night minimum stay, with a three-night minimum over holidays. The maximum stay is two weeks.

Day passes for skiing are $60-$96 and will close sales once daily capacity is met (updates posted on their website), so reserve early.

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Appalachian Ski Mountain – Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Appalachian Ski Mountain offers a scant six RV sites (no size restrictions) with 30-amp service inside their gated parking area. The current rates are $30 per night, with reservations highly suggested.

You can also park your RV Monday-Thursday nights in their regular ASM parking lot for free, as long as you keep your camper on the outskirts. No RVs are allowed in the ASM lot on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Pay for campsite fees at the Appalachian Ski Mountain Main Office on the first level of the Base Lodge during the ski season from 8 am-10 pm daily and until 12:30 am on Midnight Blast evenings.

There is no sewer dump station at the resort, but they do have a local pump-out service you can call.

Day passes for the slopes must be purchased in advance, with prices ranging from $34-$54 on weekdays and $49-$77 on weekends and holidays.

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Western Ski Resorts That Allow RV Parking

Whitefish Mountain Resort – Whitefish, Montana

Whitefish Mountain Resort lets RVers boondock in their Willow Tail parking lot for up to three nights on a first-come, first-served basis, but you won’t find this information on their website.

You must pay a $15 nightly fee and register at the main lodge check-in desk. Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 7 am daily.

Day passes are $29 for super seniors 70+ in age, $45 for 7 to 12-year-olds, and $76-$89 for everyone else.

Bridger Bowl Ski Area – Bozeman, Montana

Bridger Bowl Ski Area allows free overnight RV parking as long as your unit is self-contained, you are actively using the facilities, and you get permission in advance from the resort.

During snow events, the resort will not give a warning and is not responsible if your RV gets plowed in.

Day passes purchased at the window are $84 for adults, but you get a $15 discount per ticket if you buy online in advance.

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Silver Mountain Resort – Kellogg, Idaho

Silver Mountain Resort is a lesser-known ski area that allows free overnight RV camping in their parking lot as long as it’s self-contained and you purchase ski passes.

Check in with the resort staff to ensure you’re parking out of the way.

Day passes range from $46-$61 Monday through Friday and $51-$66 Saturday and Sunday.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort – Sandpoint, Idaho

Schweitzer Mountain Resort lets RVers park overnight for free for up to three nights. You must park your self-contained recreational vehicle in designated lots and occupy the camper overnight.

RV parking is in the fire station lot or the lot on the other side of the roundabout. Ask a parking attendant or Guest Services, or contact Schweitzer Public Safety for any updates before parking your RV.

You must agree the resort is not responsible for any damage to RVs in their lots and that you’ll cover towing fees if the resort needs to move your RV. You must also immediately move your RV if resort staff ask.

You can have pets on a leash and raised fire pits. In addition, waste receptacles are available to dispose of trash.

You can purchase day passes for Schweitzer Mountain Resort online for $60 (kids 7-17) and $110.00 for adults 18+, with discounts for college students, military, and seniors.

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Brundage Mountain Ski Resort – McCall, Idaho

Brundage Mountain Ski Resort allows primitive RV camping for $10 a night. You must visit Guest Services to pay and secure your permit.

Overnight RV parking is on the outskirts of the lower parking lot. Unfortunately, the resort does not allow any RV to park during holidays.

Day passes for the resort are $80 for adults. The resort requires passes to be purchased online and suggests early reservations as capacity is limited.

China Peak Mountain Resort – Lakeshore, California

China Peak Mountain Resort is a less crowded skiing destination that offers 16 slots for RV overnight parking a short distance from the Inn at China Peak.

You must reserve your RV spot in advance, and rates start at $49 a night. The resort offers guests 30-amp hookups but no sewer or water.

There’s a two-night minimum for weekend reservations, and for holidays, a three-night minimum is required. In addition, days and hours of operation change, so please call ahead to learn the current schedule.

Day passes for adults are $103, with kids $46 to $78, and Seniors 65+ $93. China Peak is part of the Powder Alliance that gives members three free days of skiing at the resort.

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Wolf Creek Ski Resort – Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Wolf Creek Ski Resort officially allows RVs to park overnight for free as long as you check in with Base Operations or parking attendants. There are no hookups.

Staff will direct you to where they want you to park your RV. If you arrive after operating hours, you can park in the main lot outside the gates until morning.

Day passes are $82 for adults and $51 for seniors 65+, with child rates available.

Powderhorn Mountain Resort – Mesa, Colorado

Powderhorn Mountain Resort allows free dry camping for RVs in their parking lots.

The resort requires RVers to park in the third parking lot Monday through Friday and move to the overflow parking lots on Saturdays and Sundays.

Day passes for the ski lifts are $79-$89 for adults and should be purchased online in advance as capacity is limited and the resort often sells out.

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Grand Targhee Ski Resort – Alta, Wyoming

Grand Targhee Resort offers various sections for different types of RVs to park overnight. You can make a reservation for a stay up to seven consecutive nights.

The resort has dry camping sites for $28 a night, with electrical hookup sites coming soon at a rate of $50.

Expect to park in the Lot 3 Camping area. If your RV and tow vehicle exceed 25 feet in length, you’ll be required to pay for two campsites.

The lodge charges $10 a night for tow vehicles. You must check-in at the Front Desk prior to parking, which is open 24 hours. You must pack in/pack out all trash and waste tank contents.

You can access the bathroom services in the Base Lodge from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Quiet hours run from 10 pm to 8 am (no generators during this time). The resort does not allow open campfires or charcoal grills, but gas grills are acceptable.

Day passes for adults are $93 – $115, with seniors 65+ are $72 – $85.

Stevens Pass Ski Resort – Skykomish, Washington

Stevens Pass Ski Resort has 60 RV overnight parking spots, but you must book one in advance as they fill quickly. Prices start at $49 a night.

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The RV slots are either 30 or 40 feet in length, and they do not allow any overflow RV parking anywhere else on the property. They offer a 30-amp electrical hookup only, and all recreational vehicles must be self-contained.

The resort has a pretty extensive list of rules for RVers, so review them before booking to avoid surprises.

Day passes for skiing at the resort for adults range from $93 for online purchases and $109 for same-day purchases.

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Mt. Baker Ski Area – Deming, Washington

Mt. Baker Ski Area allows overnight RV camping in their Heather Meadows or White Salmon parking lots for $10 a night.

You must register and text the information to the resort. When you arrive, you pick up your permit from the administration office. The maximum stay per reservation is seven nights.

Day passes are $64 for seniors 60-69 (discounts for 70+) and $76 for adults 16-59.

Crystal Mountain Resort – Enumclaw, Washington

Crystal Mountain Resort offers 66 overnight camping sites in B-Lot with 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups. Reservations are required, so book as early as possible to secure this popular destination.

The resort now has Wi-Fi in the lot, and you can order groceries online at the Mountain Market to pick up at your convenience. In addition, the resort has a new pre-queue for RV site release dates to make it easier to secure a spot.

Day passes for skiing start at $110 for adults.

Hoodoo Ski Resort – Sisters, Oregon

Hoodoo Ski Resort has 32 RV campsites with electric hookups conveniently close to the lodge. There is a bathhouse with coin-pay showers.

You can also park overnight for free in their day lots if you get a permit from the resort. Rates for the RV sites are $45 for a regular spot and $65 for large sites.

The resort no longer offers first-come, first-served on the RV sites. Instead, you must make a reservation, and they fill quickly.

Day passes for skiing are $65 for adults 13-64, with discounts for kids and seniors.

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Willamette Pass Resort – Crescent, Oregon

Willamette Pass Resort has 10 first-come, first-served overnight RV parking spots with electricity for $20 nightly, or you can dry camp in their lots for $10 a night.

When you arrive, check with a parking attendant to get the latest update on occupancy and be told where in the lot they want you to park your RV.

Day passes for the slopes are $66 for adults 11-64, with discounts for seniors and kids. Tickets must be bought online in advance.

Another note is that the resort is cashless, and you must carry a photo ID and credit card to complete any transactions.

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort – Mt. Hood, Oregon

Mt. Hood Meadows has 14 first-come, first-served dry camping RV sites available.

You can stay for three consecutive nights, and you must pay for a general parking pass.

Day passes for skiing start at $99 for adults, but purchase tickets online early to ensure availability and get the lowest rate as prices increase as more tickets sell for a specific day.

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Sipapu Ski Resort – Taos, New Mexico

Sipapu Ski Resort has a small year-round campground you can book at rates that start at $65 a night. The three RV sites provide full hookups.

Book online well in advance to secure one of these convenient locations only 300 yards from the base lodge.

Skiing day passes are only sold online and average around $35-$40 for adults, but prices vary each day.

Final Thoughts

Winter skiing or outdoor activities can be much more affordable when you choose to stay in your RV at ski resorts that allow overnight parking.

This list doesn’t include all the ski resorts that let RVs park overnight, but it gives you an idea of what is available. Of course, it never hurts to call ski resorts near you to see if they allow RV parking, as you never know what gems are out there!

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