Bend named No. 2 'ski value' in nation

TripAdvisor looked at lift ticket, meal, hotel costs

POSTED: 12:42 PM PST December 6, 2012    UPDATED: 10:46 AM PST December 7, 2012 
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TripAdvisor, which bills itself as the world’s largest travel site, announced Thursday its TripIndex Ski, a cost comparison of 25 popular ski destinations throughout the United States and Canada.

TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski highlights 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 and bottle or draft of domestic beer.

Top Slopes to Save

Big Ticket Ski Escapes

With a total of $802, Vail, Colorado is the most expensive destination in this year’s TripIndex Ski, nearly double the average of all destinations on the index. Aspen, Colorado was the second most expensive spot registering at $717.

Save Best in the West

Travelers looking for a bargain should consider strapping on their skis out west as Durango (Colorado), Bend (Oregon), Taos (New Mexico), and Salt Lake City (Utah) are in the top five most affordable ski destinations.

Each of the best value destinations offer average hotel prices under $200 per night. Nearly half of the most expensive destinations include average nightly hotel rates of more than $400.

“The TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski helps travelers identify top ski spots in the U.S. and Canada that deliver the best value this season,” said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor. “A trip to the slopes can often be pricey, and TripIndex Ski proves there are plenty of skiing hotspots where travelers can hop on the chairlift without breaking the bank.”

TripIndex Best Value North American Ski Destinations

 

 

 

Destination

Hotel

Ski Gear Rental

Lift Ticket

Meal

Beer

Total

1

Durango, Colorado

$95.56

$26.00

$75.00

$9.67

$3.42

$209.65

2

Bend, Oregon

$94.01

$31.67

$76.00

$10.32

$3.25

$215.25

3

Taos, New Mexico

$119.90

$30.33

$75.00

$10.83

$3.83

$239.89

4

Salt Lake City, Utah

$121.32

$31.65

$74.75

$12.98

$4.61

$245.31

5

North Conway, New Hampshire

$138.76

$33.00

$63.17

$8.83

$3.67

$247.43

6

Whitefish, Montana

$151.10

$28.33

$67.00

$10.00

$2.85

$259.28

7

Kingfield, Maine

$158.33

$32.00*

$79.00

$9.94

$4.25

$283.52

8

Sun Valley, Idaho

$154.80

$36.00

$79.00

$11.83

$3.50

$285.13

9

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

$173.15

$36.50

$73.50

$11.98

$5.07

$300.20

10

Banff, AB, Canada

$195.46

$35.65

$74.94

$11.98

$5.15

$323.18

 

 

TripIndex Most Expensive North American Ski Destinations

 

 

Destination

Hotel

Ski Gear Rental

Lift Ticket

Meal

Beer

Total

1

Vail, Colorado

$645.28

$30.67

$109.00

$12.23

$4.33

$801.51

2

Aspen, Colorado

$547.80

$42.97

$110.00

$12.80

$3.92

$717.49

3

Park City, Utah

$539.67

$37.67

$86.67

$9.75

$3.58

$677.34

4

Telluride, Colorado

$414.83

$33.65

$106.00

$9.63

$3.17

$567.28

5

Crested Butte, Colorado

$393.38

$34.00

$98.00

$8.98

$3.42

$537.78

6

Breckenridge, Colorado

$382.51

$32.62

$104.00

$8.98

$3.67

$531.78

7

Mont-Tremblant, QC, Canada

$376.11

$52.04*

$76.00

$13.83

$5.42

$523.40

8

Whistler, BC, Canada

$368.43

$33.79

$98.00

$13.30

$5.17

$518.69

9

Big Sky, Montana

$342.50

$33.33

$89.00

$12.00

$3.25

$480.08

10

Mammoth Lakes, California

$264.86

$35.33

$105.00

$13.00

$5.17

$423.36

The complete TripIndex Ski list can be viewed at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.2012TripIndexSkiUS.

TripIndex Ski looks at 25 popular ski destinations across the United States and Canada. The list was editorially compiled using information from ski and travel experts, as well as TripAdvisor site data.

Prices were collected through a variety of research methods outlined below between October and November 2012.

Hotel prices shown reflect the average nightly rate per room, on TripAdvisor.com for the winter travel period December 15, 2012 – April 15, 2013. Hotels are within a five mile radius of the destination. Between three and 49 hotels were included to calculate the average price in all destinations. On average, 19 hotels were included in the total cost of each destination. Pricing information was sourced from partner booking sites on TripAdvisor.com.

Lift ticket prices reflect the average cost of an adult lift ticket for one day to ski resorts in each destination.

 

Ski equipment rental prices specify the average cost of a basic ski equipment rental package (boots, skis, poles). The cost shown is the average price of three ski hire packages provided by suppliers in the destination. *Identifies ski rental prices that come from only two suppliers.

Meal prices shown reflect the average cost of a burger and fries sourced from three local restaurants.

Beer prices shown reflect the average cost of a bottle or draft of domestic beer sourced from three local restaurants.