January 21, 2021 2 min read

Where to Camp & Ski if you're a savvy winter camper.

This winter presents a unique opportunity to re-invent the parking lot tailgate apres and explore more winter camping options. With pow to conquer and covid restrictions to respect, we’re passing on the condos, hotels, & lodges for a safer, shreddier option: parking lot camping.  You’ll thank us when you are sipping hot coffee and sizzling bacon when the rest of the crowds are backed up in traffic after waking up hours before you. Couple this ingenious planning with a good night’s sleep on a temperature resilient HEST mattress + fresh tracks and you are successfully doing winter right!   

If you've never camped in a ski area parking lot, check out these 11 Tips For Winter Camping. For those that have been around the block, here is our list of top ski lots for winter camping. We recommend reaching out to each resort prior to arriving to ensure camping spots are still available. 

The Best Places for Winter Van Camping and Skiing


Crystal Mountain, WA


B-Lot is infamous in the PNW for being a hot spot to aprés, with 65 RV spots, electrical hookups, and some world class skiing steps away. It’s a pretty dreamy situation. This winter, Crystal is requiring B-Lot campers to book in advance this year, read more about reservation process here.     

Whitefish Mountain Resort, MT

Boasting some incredible views & copious slack country options, Whitefish is one of our favorite mountains to shred. The Willow Tail Lot is available for RV camping (up to 3 nights) and no reservations required! It’s a first come, first serve basis. Pay a $15 fee per day when you arrive, more info.     

Grand Targhee, WY

Powder up and bring your snorkel! Grand Targhee has loads of snow & camping options. Depending on your vehicle & size, there are a bunch of different spots to choose from. Targhee has the best views of the Tetons with Wild West vibes. Remember to book in advance! More info here. 

Schweitzer Mountain, ID

You like to ski trees? Schweitzer is the place to be. Idaho has the deepest groves of forests and exploring their tree runs all day will make you earn that tailgate apres. Camping in their lots are free (for up to three nights). Plan your trip here.   

Sipapu, NM

Family owned and equipped with picnic tables, fire pits (with grills) and gorgeous riverside spaces, camping at Sipapu is so dreamy. The Land of Enchantment is known for some sneaky storms or lots of spring sunshine, you never know what you’ll get.  More info here.


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