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For best value and most expensive resorts, etc.  (Money based way of looking at things, but no mention of how much it costs to get there.

 

http://www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.2012TripIndexSkiUS or http://www.multivu.com/mnr/57941-tripadvisor-tripindex-ski-cost-comparison-slopes-united-states-canada (more text, less graphics)

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Is the cheap beer prices in White Fish because everyone drinks Kokanee or PBR there?

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Is the cheap beer prices in Whitefish because everyone drinks Kokanee or PBR there?

LOL!!!  yeah, it might be the PBR.   On the other hand there are lots of microbreweries in the area as well and more on the way, so "buy local" applies to the beer here (of course, it applies all over Montana).  

 

http://www.dailyinterlake.com/business_and_finance/local_montana/article_12aa5194-09e3-11e2-b8c7-001a4bcf887a.html

http://montanabrewers.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/MBA-brochure-2012_r3.pdf

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Interesting, but pretty poorly construed in a couple of areas. I know Mt. Baker has a $54 pass and I'd imagine that there are still other resorts that come in at $60 or below, so it's a little misleading to call $63 and change the cheapest. Also don't understand why they grouped all SLC resorts (or what that even means) together, since there are some serious price differences across the Wasatch.

 

The hotel section is even worse. You can't get ski lodging below $95 and SLC will cost you $120? It's an average, but averages are pretty useless in defining lowest hotel prices, since you could have a sprawling $500-night room offsetting a dozen cheap chains.

 

I'll toast to those $2.85 beers, though beercheer.gif

post #5 of 11

From my experience there is generally some accuracy to their findings, but a couple things stand out. 

How did Sun Valley make the value list?  Never been there, but thought the resort was quite pricey.  Are there cheap motels in Ketchum impacting affordability? 

How did Park City make the expensive list?  Seems like all those old condos around the base would push average overnight lodging costs well below $539?

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How did Sun Valley make the value list?  Never been there, but thought the resort was quite pricey. 

It's actually not. There are indeed reasonably priced motels, free buses (you don't need a car), and inexpensve restaurants. You can ski free with your boarding pass the first day. The Lodge has terrific packages. Etc etc. Check out the "Sun Valley on a Budget" thread we had recently.

 

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no mention of how much it costs to get there

Which makes the article kind of useless. Even if Durango is the cheapest place to have a ski vacation, it's very expensive to fly to the area, or you're looking at a rental car and a long drive from a city. There is a similar issue with Bend, at #2.

 

Many of those places you'd also need a rental car, maybe a 4WD (=$$$), and then there's gas. I wonder why they didn't factor that in.

 

I also strongly disagree with Whistler being one of the most expensive. $368 a night for lodging? I guess if you need to stay in a luxury hotel. But there's a glut of condos at Whistler and you can almost always find one, in the Village, for $100-$125/night. And there is no reason to pay ticket window prices for lift tickets--it's so easy to find discounts.

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Actually round trip airfare from NYC to Durango airport (Durango now has major carrier flights daily) is about the same as NYC to Salt lake City.  It is most definitely not very expensive to fly to Durango.

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Many, many things are off in their pricing. I've been to Vail many times and never paid anything like 600/night for a room. But I have also not seen many places where you can get a beer for 4.33. Vail more expensive than Aspen??? Not in my experience. Tremblant has lots of very nice lodging for lots less than 350/night and the food there is reasonable. Tickets everywhere seemed higher than one has to pay if you look.

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Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post

Interesting, but pretty poorly construed in a couple of areas. I know Mt. Baker has a $54 pass and I'd imagine that there are still other resorts that come in at $60 or below, so it's a little misleading to call $63 and change the cheapest.

This list is of destination resorts.  Most places in WA are less than $63 (ski at Mt. Baker on the weekday for $49), but there's no place to stay, or eat, or shop at them, so they are not figured in as "resorts."

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How about Big Sky?  Hotel at $342/night?  I think the most I've paid is $140/night, and that included breakfast!  And that was in the brand new condos associated with the Huntley!

 

I think this list is pretty worthless.

 

Mike

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Since they are using average rather than median, the hotel price should clearly be taken with a grain of salt.  All you need to do is throw in rooms that are outliers in the luxury category and it skews the whole thing.  

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