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Salt Lake City Tops TripAdvisor List of Bargain Ski Hotspots

Destination & Tourism December 13, 2011

Salt Lake City Tops TripAdvisor List of Bargain Ski Hotspots

TripAdvisor has introduced its TripAdvisor's TripIndex, which names Salt Lake City, Utah, as is the most affordable ski destination, with a total TripIndex Ski cost of $239. North Conway, N.H., is the least expensive ski destination in the Northeast, coming in on TripAdvisor's TripIndex Ski at $240. Taos, N.M., topped the list for the cheapest ski destination for travelers looking to enjoy America's Western slopes ($250). Banff, Alberta, came out on top for the best-value Canadian destination for winter sports enthusiasts, with a total TripIndex Ski cost of $287.

            With a price tag of $746, Vail, Colo., emerged as the priciest ski spot. Colorado is also the overall most expensive state for U.S. skiers, with four of the top five most expensive destinations on the index. Whistler, British Columbia, is the priciest Canadian ski destination, coming out at a TripIndex Ski total of $486.

            The Northeast is the most affordable U.S. region for travelers seeking a winter deal, according to TripIndex Ski, with North Conway; Stowe, Vt.; and Killington, Vt. included in the top 10. Travelers who visit these destinations can expect to enjoy the slopes for between $240 and $401.

            The top 10 affordable ski destinations also have the most pocket-friendly hotel rates. A one-night stay in Salt Lake City averages $122, compared to $582 in Vail. Eight of the 10 most affordable destinations have average hotel prices under $200 per night, while rates across five of the 10 most expensive destinations exceed $400 per night.