Deer Valley, UT Tops List of Most Expensive Ski Resorts for Lodging

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Deer Valley Empire Canyon Lodge
Empire Canyon Lodge. Credit: Deer Valley Resort

A new survey from ranks the most expensive ski resorts across the United States, and after comparing 20 popular destinations the survey found Deer Valley, UT is the most expensive ski resort based on the 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, writes Snow Industry News. 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 list 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
  11. Big Sky (MT) $242
  12. Keystone (CO) $228
  13. Telluride (CO) $197
  14. Snowmass (CO) $195
  15. Avon (CO) $183
  16. Steamboat Springs (CO) $176
  17. Crested Butte (CO) $174
  18. Mammoth Mountain (CA) $168
  19. Sun Valley (ID) $166
  20. Killington (VT) $157
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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