Plan A Budget-Friendly Family Trip To This Popular Winter Tourist Destination

Summer is a popular time of year for vacations, but don't be deceived, winter vacations can be just as exciting as those that take place under the hot sun. If you're looking for a place to bring the kids and don't mind bundling up, then plan your trip in the heart of winter. Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, Idaho and Lookout Pass in Mullan, Idaho are wonderful spots to do just that. You'll find entertainment and activities that'll be a blast for everyone who tags along.

Silver Mountain Resort encompasses 1,600 acres and opened in 1990. It's been a haven for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels ever since. It eventually expanded from a popular skiing and hiking spot to a fun destination for those who love waterparks. In 2008, the Silver Rapids Indoor Water Park Resort opened, making it the largest indoor water park in the state. So on days when you'd rather not face the cold, you can throw on your swimsuit and take a splash instead. If you're trying to find a cozy place to stay that offers plenty to do at an affordable price, this is your place.

If you can go without the convenience of everything being in one location and can forgo the water park, Lookout Pass is the best option if you're hoping to save through deals on your powder days. Whichever you choose, you'll find that an affordable ski vacation is possible this winter.

Skiing, tubing and sliding

On average, the area experiences 300 plus inches of snow in the winter, meaning you'll have the most magnificent powder days. You'll want to reserve your lift tickets for Silver Mountain Resort ahead of time; note that gear rentals are available but not included in the lift ticket cost. Prices for lift tickets range from $46 to $72, depending on day of the week, age, and whether you're going for a full day or half day. Youth, military, senior, and student discounts are available for those who qualify, and children six and under are free. Purchase your lift ticket and grab your gear so you can get on the mountain and begin exploring one of the 73 trails. There's also a snow tubing park and prices range from $12 to $30 depending on age and whether or not it's a holiday.

For those eager to fly down a water slide and swim in some waves, you can plan to spend your time at the water park. Admission is included if you stay with Silver Mountain Lodging, otherwise, prices start at $42 per person and increase during holidays and weekends.

Lookout Pass has even more opportunities for saving. While their lift prices are similar to Silver Mountain Resort — Lookout Pass prices range from $45 to $73 depending on if you're skiing for a full or half day, a weekend or holiday, and whether or not you qualify for a student or senior discount — they offer can't-miss deals. For example, two full-day adult tickets are only $110 on weekdays.

Lodging options

Silver Mountain Resort offers a couple of different lodging options within its Morning Star Lodge. Whether you're a couple looking to rent a studio style room, or a large family looking for an entire house, the resort can accommodate you. Check out their website to find deals that can save you even more money.

Lookout Pass doesn't have lodging on its grounds, but they do offer suggestions for places nearby like the quaint Ryan Hotel — it has a 4.5 out of five stars rating (according to TripAdvisor). Located in downtown Wallace, this boutique hotel's standard rates in the winter start at $135 per night. The Wallace Inn is another budget-friendly option, and while they don't offer exciting water parks, they do have a pool for those looking to enjoy a swim.

If you're ready to get out of the house and hit the slopes with your family, make plans to visit Idaho. Whether you're skiing or enjoying time at a water park, you're sure to have a blast. Plan your perfect ski trip and make some lasting memories with those you love the most.