Deer Valley Priciest US Ski Resort According To Survey

A new survey from ranks the most expensive ski resorts across the United States. After comparing 20 popular destinations, the survey found Deer Valley, in Utah, is the most expensive ski resort based on cost of lodging alone. 

The survey used the average price for the cheapest available double rooms in each destination, through the months of February and March 2019, to establish its rankings. Only hotels with at least 3 stars and located within a ski resort were considered. 

Guests staying at Deer Valley spend on average $543 per night for the most affordable double room; in second place for most expensive ski destination, Beaver Creek in Colorado charges $416 for its least expensive double room. Rounding out the top three is Alta resort in Utah, at $413 per night.

The top 10 destinations are mostly found in Utah and Colorado, with California and Wyoming making appearances in the fifth, seventh and ninth spots. California’s Squaw Valley is fifth most expensive overall at an average rate of $302 per night, while the state’s Northstar is $264 per night and in ninth place. In Wyoming, Teton Village is seventh overall, at $292 per night. 

The following table compares 20 ski resorts in the United States. The rates shown reflect the average price for the cheapest available double room, Feb. 1–March 31, 2019
  1. Deer Valley (UT) $543
  2. Beaver Creek (CO) $416
  3. Alta (UT) $413
  4. Vail (CO) $307
  5. Squaw Valley (CA) $302
  6. Breckenridge (CO) $302
  7. Teton Village (WY) $292
  8. Aspen (CO) $283
  9. Northstar (CA) $264
  10. Park City (UT) $243
  1. Big Sky (MT) $242
  2. Keystone (CO) $228
  3. Telluride (CO) $197
  4. Snowmass (CO) $195
  5. Avon (CO) $183
  6. Steamboat Springs (CO) $176
  7. Crested Butte (CO) $174
  8. Mammoth Mountain (CA) $168
  9. Sun Valley (ID) $166
  10. Killington (VT) $157

About the Methodology

The survey compared 20 ski resorts in the United States, mainly selected based on the number of hotel rooms. For each destination, the average price for the cheapest available double room was established for the following time periods: Feb. 6-9, Feb. 17-20, March 3-6 and March 20-23. Based on that data, an average price was established for each ski resort. Only hotels, resorts and inns rated at least three stars and conveniently located inside their respective ski resorts have been considered for the survey. Condos or other vacation rentals are excluded. Rates were established at the end of January based on research conducted on the hotel comparison website Kayak.

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