The most expensive ski resorts in the USA and Canada

by Kathy Kehrli  |  Published January 27, 2015

Beaver Creek and the neighboring resort of Vail, both in Colorado, have earned the distinction of being North America’s priciest ski resorts. A new survey from came to this conclusion after comparing all important ski resorts in the USA and Canada based on their lodging cost.

Beaver Creek (Photo: Dave Herholz via Flickr)

For comparative purposes, the survey specifically established the amount a guest will have to pay to stay overnight in each resort’s least expensive double room. The average rate during ski tourism’s busiest months of February and March 2015 served as the basis of comparison. The survey excluded hotels and condos with a rating of less than 3 stars and those located outside the confines of the respective resorts.

To spend the night in Beaver Creek this February and March, ski travelers can expect to pay an average of $304 per night to stay in the resort’s least expensive double room. The nearby resort of Vail comes in only slightly behind Beaver Creek on the survey. An overnight rate of $294 secures it the second position on the survey. Rounding out the Top three is Utah’s Snowbird. Situated in Salt Lake City County, this ski resort ranks third most expensive in North America at a nightly rate of $279.

The following table lists North America’s 10 most expensive ski resorts. The rates indicated reflect the average price for the most affordable double room at each respective resort during this upcoming February and March.

1. Beaver Creek (CO) $304
2. Vail (CO) $294
3. Snowbird (UT) $279
4. Snowmass (CO) $235
5. Aspen (CO) $223
6. Copper Mountain (CO) $213
7. Jackson Hole (WY) $209
8. Breckenridge (CO) $198
9. Canyons (UT) $197
10.Squaw Valley (CA) $194
11. Big Sky (MT) $176
12. Alta (UT) $174
13. Panorama (BC) $167
14. Keystone (CO) $161
15. Kicking Horse (BC) $159
16. Telluride (CO) $136
17. Crested Butte (CO) $134
18. Big White (BC) $129
19. Whistler (BC) $126
20. Steamboat (CO) $125