Ski Destinations in the USA

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Ski the Biggest and Best Mountains in the USA

The USA is a world-class skiing destination. It's easy to understand why this vast country has won so many Winter Olympic medals, with every region being within easy reach of snowy peaks. Located at high altitude and home to the Rocky Mountains, the state of Colorado is especially synonymous with skiing. Ski resorts in the USA are highly regarded for their spacious accommodations, friendly instructors, and ease of accessibility.

Skiing in the USA: Top Accommodations

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Sun Lakes, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States
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Benson, Cochise County, Arizona, United States
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Tower Grove East, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
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Longboat Key, Manatee County, Florida, United States
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Opal Cliffs, Santa Cruz, California, United States
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Gasquet, Del Norte County, California, United States
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Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina, United States
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Hollister, Oliver Township, Missouri, United States
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Ski Price Index 2019

Ranking the Best Ski Resorts in North America, Based on Affordability

Where are the best ski resorts in North America? From Mammoth Mountain to Mont-Tremblant, HomeToGo has researched the price of skiing across the continent, taking into account the latest price increases for the upcoming 2018-19 season. HomeToGo’s Ski Price Index compares the price of skiing in Colorado, Utah, British Columbia, Maine, Montana, and more! We’ve included 50 of the ultimate skiing coldspots from 15 states across the USA and Canada, so that you can carve out your winter travel plans without having a financial white out!


Traversing mountains of data and research, this year’s ranking examines the cost of ski equipment, lift tickets, food, and accommodation at 50 of North America's top ski destinations. The resorts provided their latest pricing data for ski equipment and lift tickets, and online menus were used to determine the cost of lunch in each. We used our own metasearch data to find the average price per person to stay in a 4-person vacation rental for one night between November 17, 2018 and April 20, 2019.

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Sugar Bowl Resort in California has the cheapest rental prices for ski equipment this season.

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Mount Hood Skibowl in Oregon has the cheapest single-day lift tickets in North America, at just $53.

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Silver Star Mountain in British Columbia has the lowest lunch prices of all the resorts in this year's ranking.

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Mission Ridge Ski Area in Washington has the cheapest accommodation prices, at $43.98 per person per night.


The 50 Most Affordable Ski Resorts in North America

Resort
State
Ski Rental
Lift Ticket
Lunch
Accom.
Total
01. Fernie Alpine Resort
BC
$38.61
$84.98
$9.95
$44.60
$178.14
02. Lake Louise Ski Resort
AB
$35.51
$80.37
$11.48
$51.52
$178.88
03. Afton Alps
MN
$34.00
$60.00
$16.00
$68.95
$178.95
04. Mission Ridge Ski Area
WA
$45.00
$74.00
$16.00
$43.98
$178.98
05. Panorama Mountain
BC
$34.43
$75.74
$12.24
$59.16
$181.57
06. Mount Hood Skibowl
OR
$42.00
$53.00
$21.00
$67.00
$183.00
07. Mont-Tremblant
QC
$34.80
$71.92
$9.18
$70.74
$186.64
08. Mount Baker
WA
$38.00
$60.01
$20.00
$69.20
$187.21
09. Silver Star Mountain
BC
$40.53
$75.74
$8.42
$77.14
$201.83
10. Schweitzer Mountain
ID
$36.00
$81.00
$19.50
$66.52
$203.02
11. Sunday River
ME
$39.00
$85.00
$12.95
$66.21
$203.16
12. Whitefish
MT
$36.00
$81.00
$15.00
$72.09
$204.09
13. Kirkwood Mountain
CA
$41.47
$92.00
$15.95
$60.00
$209.42
14. Alta Ski Area
UT
$25.00
$54.00
$19.00
$112.60
$210.60
15. Mammoth Mountain
CA
$32.00
$85.68
$16.95
$77.04
$211.67
16. Bolton Valley
VT
$49.00
$64.00
$13.00
$86.08
$212.08
17. Sun Peaks
BC
$34.78
$81.15
$14.54
$82.37
$212.84
18. Whiteface Mountain
NY
$57.00
$63.00
$15.00
$84.00
$219.00
19. Big White Mountain
BC
$35.20
$76.51
$10.71
$100.03
$222.45
20. Mount Bachelor
OR
$43.00
$96.00
$20.50
$67.67
$227.17
21. Whistler Blackcomb
BC
$31.78
$101.00
$8.80
$92.76
$234.34
22. Brighton Resort
UT
$32.00
$85.00
$13.00
$104.35
$234.35
23. Purgatory Resort
CO
$37.00
$89.00
$16.50
$95.00
$237.50
24. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
CA
$50.00
$129.00
$16.50
$44.80
$240.30
25. Stowe Mountain
VT
$47.62
$99.00
$13.49
$88.38
$248.49
26. Sugar Bowl
CA
$24.99
$118.00
$14.99
$91.91
$249.89
27. Powder Mountain
UT
$29.00
$88.00
$13.50
$123.50
$254.00
28. Taos Ski Valley
NM
$31.50
$110.00
$15.00
$100.23
$256.73
29. Crested Butte
CO
$30.40
$119.00
$13.99
$94.66
$258.05
30. Winter Park Resort
CO
$37.60
$134.00
$13.00
$74.56
$259.16
31. Angel Fire
NM
$35.00
$77.00
$14.98
$133.96
$260.94
32. Okemo Mountain
VT
$29.00
$110.00
$12.00
$111.50
$262.50
33. Killington
VT
$58.00
$105.00
$17.00
$88.28
$268.28
34. Sugarbush Valley
VT
$49.00
$119.00
$17.00
$83.45
$268.45
35. Keystone
CO
$40.70
$121.00
$18.00
$88.78
$268.48
36. Heavenly Mountain
CA
$43.20
$123.00
$18.48
$87.01
$271.69
37. Northstar California
CA
$48.20
$129.00
$24.00
$92.60
$293.80
38. Copper Mountain
CO
$39.20
$150.00
$14.00
$90.80
$294.00
39. Breckenridge
CO
$31.16
$147.00
$16.00
$101.42
$295.58
40. Steamboat Springs
CO
$37.40
$149.00
$15.00
$96.67
$298.07
41. Stratton Mountain
VT
$50.00
$80.00
$11.50
$157.42
$298.92
42. Jackson Hole
WY
$56.00
$133.00
$13.48
$98.42
$300.90
43. Big Sky
MT
$49.00
$145.00
$10.75
$100.00
$304.75
44. Park City
UT
$29.00
$135.00
$17.50
$134.50
$316.00
45. Telluride
CO
$35.96
$139.00
$11.25
$145.94
$332.15
46. Snowbird
UT
$32.76
$125.00
$14.50
$163.17
$335.43
47. Vail
CO
$54.00
$161.00
$16.99
$145.95
$377.94
48. Deer Valley
UT
$47.62
$157.00
$17.50
$164.99
$387.11
49. Beaver Creek
CO
$65.00
$161.00
$12.99
$187.75
$426.74
50. Aspen Snowmass
CO
$54.95
$159.00
$20.98
$213.27
$448.20

How we Produced this Guide

Total Cost = Equipment Rental + Lift Pass + Lunch + Accommodation

The 50 ski resorts provided data on the price of equipment rental and lift passes for the upcoming 2018-19 season. The equipment rental price includes intermediate skis, boots, and poles for one day. 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 fall 2018 and may include discounts that are offered to customers who buy in advance.

The lunch price includes a cheeseburger with fries and a soda at a mid-range restaurant on the ski slopes. The lunch data was sourced using online menus. The accommodation price is the average price per person to stay in a 4-person vacation rental found on HomeToGo close to the resort, for one night between the dates of November 17, 2018 and April 20, 2019. Our own metasearch data provided this information.

All prices in USD. Please note that this is a forecast and that prices may change between now and the upcoming season. When prices for 2018-19 were not available from the resorts, we based our price forecasts on last season’s prices. Prices exclude sales tax. For additional information, please contact press@hometogo.com.

The Top-Rated Ski Resorts in America

Ski resorts in the USA are consistently ranked amongst the world's best. Although more expensive and slightly smaller than their European counterparts, the top-rated resorts in the USA enjoy impressive annual snowfalls, offering skiers excellent conditions, and an abundance of powder for months of end. Modern lift facilities and luxurious nearby accommodations, often featuring hot tubs and saunas, keep skiers coming back to their favorite resorts year after year.

  • 1. Deer Valley

    The fact that Deer Valley was a host venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics explains why this resort is held in such high regard. It's a skiers paradise - and is one of the few resorts in the USA that actually bans snowboarders! Its prices are amongst the steepest nationwide, but Deer Valley does offer its upscale clientele a range of benefits - such as a free valet service for carrying ski equipment, as well as other free shuttles around the resort.

  • 2. Vail

    A definite contender for North America's most iconic ski resort, Vail is also one of largest ski areas on the continent, sprawling across more than 5,000 acres. The resort's remarkably high standards of skiing and accommodation on offer means it has become synonymous with luxury and exclusivity. With plenty of more difficult slopes on offer for visitors, Vail is the perfect place for more advanced skiers that can afford to challenge themselves!

  • 3. Breckenridge

    Breckenridge is the ideal destinations for groups of skiers that have differing abilities. The resort has a relatively even split of beginner, intermediate and advanced courses, meaning that every visitor to Breckenridge will get maximum satisfaction from their vacation. The nearby town is extremely quaint and clean, and also boasts a strong local culinary scene that is held in high regard outside of Colorado.

Best Places to Stay for Skiing in the USA

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Family Friendly Ski Resorts in America

Why not try skiing in the USA for your next family vacation? Though most of the high-end resorts tailor their services to suit professional skiers and international competitions, there are plenty of alternatives that provide the perfect environment and amenities for families.

  • 1. Steamboat

    A much-loved family ski resort in Colorado, Steamboat is the resort where many juniors first fall in love with the sport. Spectacular scenery, a friendly atmosphere, and enjoyable skiing conditions characterize Steamboat. The resort also offers a junior’s ski rental package that is tailor-made for the kids. The package offers great value for young skiers across all levels. It includes custom-fit boots, skis and poles conveniently delivered to your accommodation at no extra charge.

  • 2. Park City

    For those who love the outdoors, Park City is always a delight. The multiple winter activities on offer make the ski resort a darling to families planning a ski vacation in USA. The resort offers world-class hospitality with a readily available ski-school where kids can polish their skills before they hit the slopes. Green runs and well-maintained nursery slopes are manned by qualified instructors to ensure learners get the best coaching. For kids who are too young to ski, the resort offers a childcare facility with friendly staff.

  • 3. Northstar California

    Located north of Lake Tahoe, Northstar California offers the perfect escape for families seeking an unforgettable skiing experience. It may be colder than other parts of the state, but if you visit Northstar, you can be sure to encounter that warm, laid-back atmosphere that is so synonymous with California. If you want a change from skiing, you can also dabble in snowboarding and snowmobiling on the slopes, as well as numerous other activities in the nearby town.

Recommended Accommodations for Skiing in the USA

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