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19 2013

TripIndex Ski: Northeast Slopes 1/3 Less Expensive than West Coast Ski Destinations

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:

  1. Kingfield, Maine (-14%)
  2. Mont-Tremblant, Quebec (-11%)
  3. Whistler, British Columbia (-6%)
  4. Big Sky, Montana (-5%)
  5. Taos, New Mexico (-4%)


Destinations with the Largest Year-Over-Year Price Increase:

  1. Sun Valley, Idaho (+ 40%)
  2. Steamboat Springs, Colorado (+14%)
  3. Lake Tahoe, California (+13%)
  4. Park City, Utah (+9%)
  5. Whitefish, Montana (+8%)


What’s your favorite place for a ski vacation?



Categories: Travel Inspiration, TripIndex

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