If rising before the sun to get in an early ski run or mountain bike adventure before work sounds like your idea of bliss, the mountains are calling your name. The problem? Living in such close proximity to those beautiful outdoor playgrounds often comes with a hefty price tag.
The good news for those of us lacking a few extra zeroes in our bank accounts? If you’re willing to look beyond the Aspens, Park Cities and Jacksons of the country, there are a number of mountain towns with a cost of living you can actually afford. So lace up those hiking boots and wax those snowboards: from epic scenery and a lively arts scene in Ogden, Utah; to Boone, North Carolina’s quaint college town feel, here are five high-altitude cities with surprisingly low price tags.