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HomeToGo’s 2022 Ski Season Report - HomeToGo
Exploring this year’s ski trends and most affordable destinations.

HomeToGo’s 2022 Ski Season Report

Where are the best ski resorts in the United States? From Powder Mountain to Park City, HomeToGo has researched the price of a ski vacation at the best winter resorts that the continent has to offer. With information on the updated prices for the 2021-22 season, HomeToGo's annual Ski Price Index compares the major costs of a ski trip at the best mountains from coast to coast to help you carve out the perfect winter vacation without having a financial wipeout.

This year's ranking includes the cost of a daily lift ticket and overnight accommodation. Lift ticket prices for the 2021-22 season were provided by the resorts, while HomeToGo used its own data to calculate the average price of accommodation (per person, per night) to stay in a vacation rental near or on the mountain. So strap yourselves in and get ready to carve into the best and most affordable ski areas for 2022!

Most Searched Ski Spots in the U.S. for 2022 - Ranked by Price

Ranking
Ski Area
State
Lift Ticket*
Accom.**
Total
1
Mission Ridge Ski Area
WA
$67.00
$17.96
$84.96
2
Afton Alps
MN
$69.00
$29.41
$98.41
3
Ski Brule
MI
$65.00
$48.23
$113.23
4
Whiteface Mountain
NY
$115.00
$14.65
$129.65
5
Whitefish
MT
$89.00
$55.48
$144.48
6
Bolton Valley
VT
$99.00
$54.26
$153.26
7
Sugarbush Valley
VT
$139.00
$14.96
$153.96
8
Montage Mountain
PA
$79.00
$83.49
$162.49
9
Crystal Mountain
WA
$120.00
$45.92
$165.92
10
Purgatory Resort
CO
$84.00
$85.17
$169.17
11
Wisp Ski Area
MD
$99.00
$81.17
$180.17
12
Kirkwood Mountain
CA
$144.00
$38.42
$182.42
13
Mount Bachelor
OR
$159.00
$30.84
$189.84
14
Mount Snow
VT
$109.00
$82.39
$191.39
15
Snowbird
UT
$136.00
$65.66
$201.66
16
Angel Fire
NM
$94.00
$109.06
$203.06

How HomeToGo Produced this Report

The 50 ski resorts were selected based on the most searched ski destinations on HomeToGo for the 2022 season. 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 on a typical Saturday this season, outside of peak periods. These prices were researched in December of 2021 and may include discounts that are offered to customers who buy in advance.

**The accommodation price is the median price per person to stay in a vacation rental found on HomeToGo within 2 miles of the ski area, for one night between the dates of December 1, 2021 and April 20, 2022.

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 using HomeToGo searching for accommodation within two miles of a ski lift and check-in from December 1st 2021 to April 20th 2022.

For additional information, please contact [email protected]

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.

Trending: Vacation Homes for the Holidays - HomeToGo

Trending: Vacation Homes for the Holidays


What are your travel plans for the holidays? Every year, millions of Americans travel across the country to reunite with family and friends and celebrate the end of another year.

For many, the looming possibility of future travel restrictions are causing families to look for new traditions and ways to spend time over the holidays togetherSo what can we expect to see in terms of holiday travel in 2020? 

To learn more about new and emerging trends, HomeToGo has examined its own vacation rental search data and to uncover where Americans plan to spend their vacation this holiday season.


Trend #1: Travelers are getting a head start on planning

HomeToGo has seen more travelers exploring our site and planning trips over the holiday season. From May 12 through October 12, US search interest in holiday season rentals grew by 67 percent compared to the same period last year.1 The number of US bookings during that period also increased by 70 percent.2

graph displaying growing searches for holiday vacation rentals

In the first weeks of October, we’re already seeing levels of search and booking activity that would be typical of the peak times for holiday bookings in previous years; which would usually take place in mid-to-late November.

When it comes to getting a jump start on holiday planning, we’re seeing an increase in search interest from almost every US stateespecially in Texas (+88 percent) and Florida (+118 percent), and other Sun Belt states, where growing demand for holiday season vacation homes is the strongest.3

Trend #2: Shorter trips and staying stateside

HomeToGo internal data shows that travelers are trading in their Christmas holidays in the Caribbean or Mexico for destinations that are closer-to-home. We're seeing the highest growth in areas where travelers can enjoy fresh mountain air or take a break from the cold for some sunshine beachside.

The average distance searched for domestic travel over the holidays is 665 miles.4 This distance is typical compared to previous years; although, the share of domestic travel searches is 27 percentage points higher (85 percent domestic) compared to last year.5

While planning their holidays, we’re seeing demand for shorter trips. The average booking for this holiday season is 7.2 nights (-17 percent) and the expected group size is down to 3.4 persons (-19 percent).6

Trending Holiday Destinations

Rank
Searched Destination
State
Y-o-Y Increase in Searches*
1
Smoky Mountains
Multi*
567.58%
2
Beech Mountain
North Carolina
338.92%
3
Hawaii
Hawaii
304.34%
4
Sanibel Island
Florida
218.47%
5
Kauai
Hawaii
150.91%
6
Colorado Springs
Colorado
139.90%
7
Gatlinburg
Tennessee
139.50%
8
Broken Bow
Oklahoma
128.37%
9
South Florida
Florida
98.15%
10
Pocono Mountains
Pennsylvania
90.08%

In line with travel trends observed this summer, there has been a rise in demand for listings in rural destinations. Rural destinations within the US represented 88 percent of searches on HomeToGo.com in the month of September.7

Meanwhile, urban areas such as New York, NY (-55 percent) and New Orleans, LA (-57 percent) have seen a decline in search interest compared to previous years. Many popular beach destinations near major cities, including Clearwater, FL (-46 percent) and Miami Beach, FL (-42 percent) have also seen similar trends.

On the contrary, more remote destinations, including Sanibel Island, FL (+218 percent) and the Kauai, HI (+151 percent) have seen an increase in search demand.8

Trend #3: Fired-up for cabin rentals and special amenities

Cabins are among the most-booked listing types for trips during the holiday season. Throughout the month of September, cabin bookings for the holidays have seen year-over-year increase of 31 percent compared to last year.9 

The regions with the most holiday cabin bookings include:

  • The Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee
  • Pennsylvania's Poconos Mountains
  • South Lake Tahoe in California

Travelers are also looking for more flexibility and amenities when it comes to choosing their ideal stay. This is shown by the top searched amenities for the holiday season, which include:10

  • Pet-friendly
  • Internet
  • Whirlpool
  • Kitchen
  • Fireplace

Contact us for questions or information on our travel updates and insights or follow HomeToGo's Travel Forecast for a bi-weekly analysis of the results.

Footnotes:

1 Based on HomeToGo internal data measuring number of US searches taking place between May 12 - Oct 12 with a check-in between Nov 26 2020 - Jan 2 2021 compared with the same period in 2019. Data collected on Oct 16th, 2020.

2 Based on HomeToGo internal data observing number of US bookings taking place between May 12 - Oct 12 with a check-in between Nov 26 2020 - Jan 2 2021, compared with the same period in 2019. Data collected on Oct 16th, 2020.

3  Based on HomeToGo internal data measuring number searches coming from US states between May 12 - Oct 12, 2020 with a check-in between Nov 26 2020 - Jan 2 2021, compared with the same period in 2019. User location determined by Geo IP address, data collected on Oct 15th, 2020.

4 Based on HomeToGo internal data representing the average distance to search for US domestic trips, based on user origin, and a check-in between Nov 26 2020 - Jan 2 2021, and compared to the same period in 2019.

5 Based on HomeToGo internal data representing the share of rural and urban travel searches in the United States, check-in between Nov 26 2020 - Jan 2 2021 and compared to the same period in 2019.

6 Based on HomeToGo internal data measuring the average booked nights and average number of guests on HomeToGo in the last 6 months (May 12 - Oct 12, 2020) with a check-in between (Nov 26 2020 - Jan 2 2021) compared with the same period in 2019.

7 Based on HomeToGo internal data measuring the share of US searches for rural and urban destinations from September 1 - 30, 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.

8 Based on HomeToGo internal data observing the most searched US locations in the last 6 months (May 12 - Oct 12, 2020) with a check-in between (Nov 26 2020 - Jan 2 2021) compared with the same period in 2019.

9 Based on HomeToGo internal data representing the average distance to search for US domestic trips, based on user origin, and a check-in between Nov 26 2020 - Jan 2 2021 and compared to the same period in 2019.

10 Based on HomeToGo internal data observing the number of US searches with amenity filters and a check-in between Nov 26 2020 - Jan 2, 2021 in the last 6 months (May 12 - Oct 12, 2020).

Note: Prices, availability, and bookings are liable to change. Please contact [email protected] with additional questions.

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