Looking at the list below, it’s clear that Colorado is the king of expensive lift tickets. Every single ski resort on this list is either located in Colorado or owned by Vail Resorts (from CO) except 3 (Squaw/Alpine, Jackson Hole, Deer Valley).
Skiing and snowboarding have become ludicrously expensive, it’s true. The very high prices below prove it.
The key is to plan ahead. Get a season pass at the early bird rate or check out some of these other solid deals:
**all prices listed below from summer 2015
Epic Pass =$800 = Unlimited days at these resorts with no blackout dates: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton and Arapahoe Basin, more.
Tahoe Super Pass = $790 to $350 = Varying amounts of blackouts at: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows.
M.A.X. Pass = $700 = 5 days at each of these resorts with no blackout dates: Steamboat, Mt. Bachelor, Big Sky, Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Crystal Mountain, Brighton, Boreal Mountain, Cypress Mountain, Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, The Summit at Snoqualmie, Killington, Sunday River, Stratton, Sugarloaf, Tremblant, Blue Mountain, Snowshoe, Boyne Mountain, Loon, Pico Mountain and Boyne Highlands.
Mountain Collective = $370 = 2 days at each of these resorts with no blackout dates: Sun Valley, Alta Snowbird, Mammoth, Jackson Hole, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village, Aspen Snowmass, Whistler Blackcomb and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows.