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Ice-Filled Wonderlands & Sunny Getaways for Winter Vacations

Winter vacations offer a special chance for travelers to wrap up warm and enjoy the freshness of ice and snow, before getting cosy by the fire later on. Whether you plan winter vacations to get closer to one of nature's harshest climates, or enjoy the man-made festivities that offer relief from the snow and ice, there are a multitude of activities on offer! Try your hand at snowshoeing, skiing, or snowtubing, or take a stroll through holiday light displays with a cup of hot chocolate.

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Exploring this year’s ski trends and most affordable destinations.

HomeToGo’s 2023 Ski Season Report


Where are the best ski resorts in North America? From Park City to Panorama, HomeToGo has researched the price of skiing across the continent, taking into account the latest prices and search trends for the upcoming 2022-23 season. HomeToGo’s Ski Report compares the price of skiing in Colorado, Utah, British Columbia, Vermont, New York, and more! We’ve included 50 of the ultimate ski havens from 15 states across the USA and Canada, so that you can carve out your winter travel plans without getting buried by debt.

Scaling mountains of data and research, this year's report compares the affordability of lift tickets* and overnight accommodations, as well as the search trends of skiers planning their vacations. Ski resorts provided their latest pricing data for lift tickets during peak season periods and HomeToGo data was used to find the average price per person to stay in a 6-person vacation rental. So strap on your skis and get ready to drop into HomeToGo's 2023 Ski Season Report!

First Tracks Facts ⛷

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Most Popular Ski Slope: Breckenridge, CO is the most searched ski area on HomeToGo.com for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

Most Mountain for Your Money: When comparing lift ticket price to mountain size, the best value goes to Whistler Blackcomb, BC ($1.15 /mile).

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Top Region for Ski Savings: The Pacific Northwest (OR, ID, WA, BC) has the most affordable ski passes and accommodations on average.

$161/day vs. $292/day in the Rocky Mountains.

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Most Affordable Ski Cabins: Mission Ridge Ski Area in Washington has the cheapest accommodation prices, at $18.13 per head for a six-person rental near the mountain.

Most Searched Ski Spots in the U.S. for 2023 - Ranked by Price

Ski Area
Co.
Lift Ticket
Accommodation Per Person
Total
1
Mission Ridge Ski Area, WA
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$97.00
$18.13
$115.13
2
Kimberley, BC
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$84.00
$40.61
$124.61
3
Kicking Horse, BC
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$105.82
$23.77
$129.59
4
Mount Hood Meadows, OR
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$79.00
$65.05
$144.05
5
Lake Louise, AB
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$111.74
$35.65
$147.39
6
Gore Mountain, NY
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$87.00
$63.40
$150.40
7
Mount Baker, OR
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$87.04
$65.78
$152.82
8
Sugarloaf Mountain, ME
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$116.00
$37.24
$153.24
9
Whitefish, MT
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$94.00
$59.96
$153.96
10
Jay Peak, VT
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$89.00
$65.17
$154.17

*All prices in USD. Please note that this is a forecast and that prices may change between now and the upcoming season. Accommodation prices are based on the median nightly price of a six-person vacation rental on HomeToGo. For more info, see the methodology below.

Closer Look: Budget Friendly Ski Slopes for 2023

Based on HomeToGo’s research, here’s an idea of the most affordable ski slopes to visit from the 2023 Ski Season Report:

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Mission Ridge Ski Area 

Sitting 12 miles from Wenatchee, Washington, this ski area is built into a 2,000-acre basin on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. With 300 days annually of sunshine, it sits higher and drier than other mountains in the area. It’s known for its light, dry powder, which provides a smooth ride for the whole family. Mission Ridge has more than 36 designated runs with trails, chutes, screamers, bowls and even a 2,250-foot vertical drop. Whether you shred the slopes or explore the backcountry, Mission Ridge provides family fun and amazing mountain views.

Adult Lift Ticket Price: $97.00

Median Accommodation Price: $18.13/person

Total: $115.13

Kimberley Alpine Resort

Kimberley, British Columbia prides itself on its small-town charm and real mountain experiences. The region receives an average of 13 feet of snowfall each season. It features 80 named runs, 1,800 acres of terrain and a variety of ski-in or ski-out accommodations. The Purcell Range of the Canadian Rockies offers stunning scenery and a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy the powdery snow, regardless of experience level. Skiing is not Kimberley’s only activity either, guests are welcome to try dog sledding, snowshoeing and snowboarding.

Adult Lift Ticket Price: $84.00

Median Accommodation Price: $40.61/person

Total: $124.61

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Located in Golden, British Columbia, Kicking Horse can be both a fun, family excursion or a challenging endeavor. With 120 trails across nearly 3,500 acres of terrain, there are opportunities to shred gnarly powder or glide along gentle slopes. In fact, it is known as the Champagne Powder Capital of Canada due to its ridges and bowls which are constantly stashed with deep snow.

For thrill seekers, Kicking Horse is home to a 1,300-meter vertical drop, the sixth largest vertical drop of any North American ski resort. Meanwhile, beginners are welcome to explore the gentle glades for an incredible on-snow experience and lovely mountain views.

Adult Lift Ticket Price: $105.82

Median Accommodation Price: $23.77/person

Total: $129.59

Methodology

Ski areas were selected based on the top 100 most searched ski destinations on HomeToGo for the 2023 season. From those top searched destinations, a short list of 50 ski areas was created based on those with 44 miles of ski slope or more.

Prices for lift passes were collected from the ski area websites. The lift pass price is for a full day’s skiing for an adult during the 2023 ski season. When date selection was required for ticket purchases, February 18, 2023 was selected as the date. These prices were researched in November of 2022 and may include discounts that are offered to customers who buy in advance.

The accommodation price is the average price per person to stay in a 6-person vacation rental found on HomeToGo within 2 miles of the ski area, for one night between the dates of December 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023.

Ski slope length was gathered from ski-resorts-stats.com and the ski resort websites themselves.

All prices in USD. Please note that this is a forecast and that prices may change between now and the upcoming season. Prices exclude sales tax.

Search trends are based on travelers searching for vacation rentals using HomeToGo.com at one of the ski destinations in our report with a check-in from December 1 to March 31 of 2021-22 / 2022-23.

For additional information, please contact [email protected].

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