Find savings when you hit the slopes. TripAdvisor today announced its annual TripIndex Ski, a cost comparison of 25 popular ski destinations throughout the United States and Canada, revealing that on average, ski destinations in the West ($446) are 33% more expensive than Northeast slopes ($335).
The TripIndex Ski takes into account the combined average cost of common ski trip expenses including a one-night hotel stay, a single-day lift ticket, a basic ski equipment rental package, and a meal at a local restaurant consisting of a burger and fries paired with a bottle of domestic beer.
Top Spots to Splurge and Save
- The 2013-2014 average cost of a North American ski trip is $422, up 3% from last year.
- Vail, Colorado is the most expensive destination at $784 – that’s 86% above the average.
- Durango, Colorado offers travelers the most affordable ski trip ($214), coming in at roughly half the average TripIndex cost and less than 1/3 the cost of a ski trip in Vail.
Destinations with the Largest Year-Over-Year Price Decrease:
- Kingfield, Maine (-14%)
- Mont-Tremblant, Quebec (-11%)
- Whistler, British Columbia (-6%)
- Big Sky, Montana (-5%)
- Taos, New Mexico (-4%)
Destinations with the Largest Year-Over-Year Price Increase:
- Sun Valley, Idaho (+ 40%)
- Steamboat Springs, Colorado (+14%)
- Lake Tahoe, California (+13%)
- Park City, Utah (+9%)
- Whitefish, Montana (+8%)
What’s your favorite place for a ski vacation?