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Most expensive ski resorts in North America in Utah, according to survey

Dec 22, 2022, 4:09 PM
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Mengtao Xu of China takes a training run during the Ladies' Aerials training session for the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships on February 03, 2019 at Park City Mountain Resort. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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SALT LAKE CITY — A survey conducted by Travel Mag compared the price of lodging and skiing at 30 popular resorts in the U.S. and Canada, and found that the priciest resorts are in Utah, followed by Colorado.

The most costly resort, according to this survey, is Alta ski resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, with an average cost of $4,181 for two guests to lodge and ski for three days in the early months of 2023.

Next on the list was Snowbird. Thanks to slightly more affordable ski lift tickets, the cost for two guests to lodge and ski for three days was just under that of Alta at an average of $4,049 for the early months of 2023.

The same skiing endeavor is a little less expensive at resorts in Colorado at Beaver Creek, where guests could expect to pay $3,755. The next two on the list are also resorts in Colorado.

The full list is as follows:

  1. Alta $4,181 ($3,223 + $958)
  2. Snowbird $4,049 ($3,223 + $826)
  3. Beaver Creek $3,755 ($2,391+ $1,364)
  4. Vail $3,131 ($1,787 + $1,344)
  5. Snowmass $3,052 ($1,936 + $1,116)
  6. Jackson Hole $3,014 ($1,904 + $1,110)
  7. Palisades Tahoe $2,979 ($1,839 + $1,140)
  8. Big Sky $2,757 ($1,739 + $1,018)
  9. Aspen Mountain Resort $2,681 ($1,565 + $1,116)
  10. Copper Mountain $2,496 ($1,552 + $944)

Not all ski resorts in Utah are worthy of the top 10 most expensive. Park City Mountain Resort was ranked at number 14, with an average price for the same stay being almost half the price of No. 1 Alta at $2,281.

Ski Utah compares resorts in Utah based on adult day pass prices. It shows that the most costly day passes in Utah are at Snowbird, Snowbasin, Park City Mountain, Deer Valley, and Alta.

But it also shows which resorts adult day passes are the most affordable, with resorts including Woodward Park City, Nordic Point, Eagle Valley, Brian Head, and Cherry Peak.

Ski resorts in Canada were found to be significantly more affordable than those in the U.S..

The largest ski resort in North America is in Canada, and it’s average cost for the same trip was cheaper than 19 of the 20 U.S. ski resorts in the survey.

Whistler Blackcomb averaged at a cost of $1,640 for a 3-day ski for two, which was the priciest Canadian ski resort featured in that survey.

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