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SALT LAKE CITY TOPS LIST OF NORTH AMERICA’S BEST BARGAIN SKI HOT SPOTS FOR WINTER WANDERERS

TripAdvisor’s Inaugural Ski Destination Cost Comparison Index Reveals Top Resorts in U.S. and Canada Where Travelers Can Hit the Slopes and Save
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NEWTON, Mass., December 13, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today launched its inaugural TripIndex Ski – a cost comparison of 20 popular ski destinations across the United States and Canada.

TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski presents the combined cost of one night’s hotel accommodation, a basic ski rental package, a one-day lift ticket, a local meal and a bottle/glass of beer at top ski destinations.

The complete TripIndex Ski list can be viewed at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.TripIndexSkiUS.

Top Skiing Steals and Deals

Most Expensive Winter Escapes

New England Most Pocket-Friendly Region
The northeast is the most affordable U.S. region for travelers seeking a winter deal, reveals TripIndex Ski – with North Conway (New Hampshire), Stowe (Vermont) and Killington (Vermont) included in the top 10 most affordable destinations. Travelers who visit these destinations can expect to enjoy the slopes for between $240 – $401.

Cutting Costs on Accommodations
The top ten affordable ski destinations also have the most pocket-friendly hotel rates:

“For travelers who are looking for a snowy escape, TripIndex Ski provides an easy way to compare the most popular ski destinations across North America,” said Karen Drake, senior director of communications at TripAdvisor. “TripIndex Ski is a useful tool for travelers who are looking to get the best bang for their buck this winter season.”

Best Value Ski Destinations in North America

Destination Hotel Ski Rental Lift Ticket Meal Beer Total cost
1 Salt Lake City, UT $122.30 $32.67 $70.67 $9.31 $3.63 $238.58
2 North Conway, NH $121.72 $37.33 $69.00 $8.41 $3.42 $239.88
3 Taos, NM $134.04 $28.00 $75.00 $8.67 $3.83 $249.54
4 Jackson Hole, WY $148.28 $36.83 $85.00 $10.25 $3.67 $284.03
5 Snowshoe, WV $160.94* $32.00 $79.00 $8.66 $3.67 $284.27
6 Banff, AB, Canada $159.81 $36.00 $73.00 $12.47 $5.50 $286.78
7 Stowe, VT $171.92 $38.67 $79.00 $10.17 $4.20 $303.96
8 Lake Tahoe, CA $187.55* $38.00 $80.00 $14.67 $4.75 $324.97
9 Lake Placid, NY $251.98 $35.33 $79.00 $11.33 $3.83 $381.47
10 Killington, VT $267.22 $34.33 $86.00 $9.15 $4.17 $400.87

Most Expensive Ski Destinations in North America

Destination Hotel Ski Rental Lift Ticket Meal Beer Total cost
1 Vail, CO $581.81 $40.85 $105.00 $13.07 $4.83 $745.56
2 Aspen, CO $509.76 $41.30 $104.00 $13.33 $4.67 $673.06
3 Park City, UT $524.08 $45.33 $85.00 $8.83 $3.81*** $667.05
4 Telluride, CO $439.93 $35.32 $98.00 $10.25 $3.75 $587.25
5 Steamboat Springs, CO $420.62 $36.32 $99.00 $12.98 $4.83 $573.75
6 Whistler, BC, Canada $331.86 $38.13 $96.00 $13.92 $6.08 $485.99
7 Big Sky, MT $348.68 $36.67 $65.33 $9.33 $4.08 $464.09
8 Mont-Tremblant, QC, Canada $322.34 $44.99** $75.00 $12.30 $5.30 $459.93
9 Sun Valley, ID $310.23 $35.00 $48.00 $12.17 $3.48 $408.88
10 Mammoth Lakes, CA $260.45 $33.00 $96.00 $11.83 $5.25 $406.53

Notes to Editors

The TripIndex Ski list comprises 20 popular ski destinations in the U.S. and Canada.

TripIndex Ski prices out the following items in each destination: Per night cost of a hotel (between December 2011 and March 2012), cost of a basic ski rental package, cost of a lift ticket, cost of a meal (burger and fries) and cost of an alcoholic drink (domestic beer).

Prices were collected through a variety of research methods as outlined below, and apply to travel between December 2011 and March 2012. The ‘basket’ of items is representative of the common items many travelers will purchase while on a ski vacation.

Hotel prices specify the average cost of a hotel found on TripAdvisor within a five-mile radius of the destination (via partner booking sites such as online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers) in each destination for the winter travel period (December 15 – March 31). *Identifies hotel prices that were taken from a 10-mile radius. In all destinations, between two and 62 hotels were included to compute the average price. On average, 29 hotels were included in the calculations for each destination.

Ski rental prices include the average price of a basic, daily ski rental, including skis, poles and boots, taken from three equipment rental shops on or near the mountain. **Identifies ski rental prices that come from only one rental shop.

Lift ticket prices identify the average price of a daily, adult lift ticket, taken from the local ski slopes for each destination during the 2011-2012 winter high-peak season.

Meal prices reflect the average price of a burger and fries, taken from three local restaurants on or near the mountain.

Beer prices include the average price of a bottle/draft domestic beer taken from three local restaurants on or near the mountain. ***Identifies beer prices from restaurants that only offer on-site brewery beer brands.

All prices shown are as quoted by source.

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*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Media Group Sites, Worldwide, August 2011

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***Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, August 2011

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Whistler is the priciest Canadian ski destination on TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski list of popular winter resorts. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Whistler is the priciest Canadian ski destination on TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski list of popular winter resorts. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
According to TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski, Mont-Tremblant ranks among the ten most expensive ski destinations in North America. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
According to TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski, Mont-Tremblant ranks among the ten most expensive ski destinations in North America. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Salt Lake City tops TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski list of North America’s best bargain ski spots. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Salt Lake City tops TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski list of North America’s best bargain ski spots. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Snowshoe ranks among the top five best value ski destinations in the U.S., according to  TripAdvisor's TripIndex Ski. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Snowshoe ranks among the top five best value ski destinations in the U.S., according to TripAdvisor's TripIndex Ski. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski reveals that Vail is the most expensive ski destination in North America. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski reveals that Vail is the most expensive ski destination in North America. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

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