The 9 Most Expensive Daily Lift Tickets in the USA Last Season

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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY. | Image: JHMR Facebook Page

A daily lift ticket was $229 at two ski areas during peak season last year. Two-hundred-twenty-nine dollars…

Lots of other ski resorts had window prices not far away from that number, either. 

Skiing isn’t a cheap sport but it is something we all love to do—and most of the readers on this website aren’t the kind of people who just walk up and blindly pay the window price when they want to go skiing. But some people do exactly that. Otherwise, resorts wouldn’t get away with charging those high prices. Call it an ‘ignorance tax.’

See below for the nine most expensive lift tickets last season—aka nine reasons you should get your hands on an Ikon Pass this year…

9 Most Expensive Lift Tickets In The USA Last Season:

Vail Resort, CO lift ticket prices were $229 at one point last season. | Screenshot: Vail

1. Vail, CO & Deer Valley, UT:  $229

2. Steamboat Springs, CO: $225

3. Winter Park, CO: $209 

Aspen Snowmass, CO. | Image: @tamarasusaphoto/Aspen Facebook Page

4. Beaver Creek, CO: $199

5. Aspen Snowmass, CO: $194

6. Big Sky, MT: $181

Park City Mountain Resort
Park City, Utah

7. Park City Mountain Resort, UT: $179

8. Telluride, CO: $169

8. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY: $160

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY. | Image: JHMR

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14 thoughts on “The 9 Most Expensive Daily Lift Tickets in the USA Last Season

  1. A few years ago I rode the lift with a guy complaining about how expensive lift tickets were. Turns out he was on a 2 week trip and paying window price every day. Definitely ignorance tax. I explained to him about ski passes or at least advance purchase lift tickets. He literally had no clue.

  2. A few years ago “the ski industry” was “dying.” Only baby boomers skied and (sniff sniff) soon they and the resorts would be gone. Really? Two factors account for the obscene day ticket prices. First, artificial snow is a lot more expensive than the real thing. Two, casual skiers were reportedly skiing just a few days a year. Enter the multi-resort pass. For the price of their usual low number of day tickets “concientious shoppers” could buy a pass good all over the place. Result massive crowds. The “ski industry” is still “dying.” Now it is being loved to death.

  3. High prices thanks to people suing ski resorts without warrant. Take responsibility for you own actions.

  4. I get an Epic Pass or another pass every year so still manage to ski quite a bit. Still I do find I’m much less willing to try other resorts lately because the day rates at even smaller resorts has gotten out of hand.

    There are deals to be had online though if you know where to look. A few years ago I was able to ski both Alta and Solitude for less than $60. Because of the strong dollar Canadian resorts can offer some of the best values around.

  5. Skied 48 days on my Epic pass at 3 of those which averages out to $18.75 a day. Great for me, but terrible for the casual skier who just wants to ski a couple of days a year without the big commitment of buying a pass. Luckily there are still plenty of places for people on a budget to go, but it sure discourages non-passholders from skiing the major resorts. Since most people at these places are dedicated avid skiers, that results in powder-frenzy crowds on powder days and pretty empty slopes when it hasn’t snowed recently. It’s a big change from 20 years ago when resort attendance was more evenly spread out.

  6. I recently found a day ticket from Alta that I kept as a memento. $6.50 in 1974. The ticket specifies “Price $6.22. Sales Tax $.28”

  7. A season pass OR you could travel to the other 100 great smaller(cheaper) mountains around the country. I actually have an Ikon but we also have a 9 yr old and the lessons are what would kill us at a place like Vail. Even though Vail mountain is one of our favorites, because I lived there and know it well, we rarely go.

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