According to numbers compiled by the U.S. hotel industry, Aspen, Colorado is the city with the most expensive ski resort lodging prices inside the United States. A recent survey comparing the prices of accommodations at 20 different ski resorts in the U.S., looked at the cost of lodging in the most popular U.S. cities that are snowbound each winter and offer full service accommodations designed to meet the needs of skiers and winter sports fans The survey tried to analyze the exact costs of what skiing travelers would currently have to pay to stay for one night in a hotel room of at least a 3-star rating that was located inside or within very close proximity to the each of the respective U.S. ski resorts examined.
The survey showed that skiing-dedicated travelers would have to pay, on average during the peak February to March period, at least $241 per night for the cheapest available double room in Aspen, Colorado. The survey also showed that the second and third runners-up resort towns were only slightly less expensive with one night in California's Olympic Valley costing an average of $239, and the Alta/Snowbird resort in Utah costing $236 per one night stay. The fact that staying in Aspen or Alta during the peak snow skiing season was quite expensive was not a surprising revelation. What was more surprising was that despite its’ great reputation as one of the top skiing destinations in the U.S., Utah’s very popular resort town of Park City came in at an affordable 17th place on a list of 20 resorts ranked, with one overnight stay averaging only $129 per night in Park City. Slightly less surprising and a lot cheaper, the two least expensive resorts the survey found were in Idaho's Sun Valley and the Heavenly Mountain Resort in California where skiers can stay at both for around $100 per night, even during the peak use season.
Here is the survey’s ranking of the 10 most expensive places and prices in the U.S. for one night in a double room in a minimum 3-star hotel during the peak skiing months of February and March of 2013:
1. Aspen (Colorado) $241
2. Olympic Valley (California) $239
3. Alta/Snowbird (Utah) $236
4. Breckenridge (Colorado) $223
5. Vail (Colorado) $214
6. Snowmass (Colorado) $212
7. Telluride (Colorado) $204
8. Keystone (Colorado) $203
9. Beaver Creak (Colorado) $199
10. Copper Mountain (Colorado) $192