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DURANGO, COLORADO NAMED TOP VALUE SKI SPOT FOR TRAVELERS HITTING THE SLOPES IN NORTH AMERICA

TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski Features Cost Comparison of Popular Ski Destinations in the U.S. and Canada

NEWTON, Mass. — Dec. 6, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced its TripIndex Ski, a cost comparison of 25 popular ski destinations throughout the United States and Canada.

TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski highlights the combined average cost of common ski trip expenses including a one-night hotel stay, a single-day lift ticket, a basic ski equipment rental package, and a meal at a local restaurant consisting of a burger and fries and bottle or draft of domestic beer.

Top Slopes to Save

Big Ticket Ski Escapes
With a total of $802, Vail, Colorado is the most expensive destination in this year’s TripIndex Ski, nearly double the average of all destinations on the index. Aspen, Colorado was the second most expensive spot registering at $717.

Save Best in the West
Travelers looking for a bargain should consider strapping on their skis out west as Durango (Colorado), Bend (Oregon), Taos (New Mexico), and Salt Lake City (Utah) are in the top five most affordable ski destinations.

Each of the best value destinations offer average hotel prices under $200 per night. Nearly half of the most expensive destinations include average nightly hotel rates of more than $400.

“The TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski helps travelers identify top ski spots in the U.S. and Canada that deliver the best value this season,” said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor. “A trip to the slopes can often be pricey, and TripIndex Ski proves there are plenty of skiing hot spots where travelers can hop on the chairlift without breaking the bank.”

TripIndex Best Value North American Ski Destinations

  Destination Hotel Ski Rental Lift Ticket Meal Beer Total
1 Durango, Colorado $95.56 $26.00 $75.00 $9.67 $3.42 $209.65
2 Bend, Oregon $94.01 $31.67 $76.00 $10.32 $3.25 $215.25
3 Taos, New Mexico $119.90 $30.33 $75.00 $10.83 $3.83 $239.89
4 Salt Lake City, Utah $121.32 $31.65 $74.75 $12.98 $4.61 $245.31
5 North Conway, New Hampshire $138.76 $33.00 $63.17 $8.83 $3.67 $247.43
6 Whitefish, Montana $151.10 $28.33 $67.00 $10.00 $2.85 $259.28
7 Kingfield, Maine $158.33 $32.00* $79.00 $9.94 $4.25 $283.52
8 Sun Valley, Idaho $154.80 $36.00 $79.00 $11.83 $3.50 $285.13
9 Jackson Hole, Wyoming $173.15 $36.50 $73.50 $11.98 $5.07 $300.20
10 Banff, AB, Canada $195.46 $35.65 $74.94 $11.98 $5.15 $323.18

TripIndex Most Expensive North American Ski Destinations

  Destination Hotel Ski Rental Lift Ticket Meal Beer Total
1 Vail, Colorado $645.28 $30.67 $109.00 $12.23 $4.33 $801.51
2 Aspen, Colorado $547.80 $42.97 $110.00 $12.80 $3.92 $717.49
3 Park City, Utah $539.67 $37.67 $86.67 $9.75 $3.58 $677.34
4 Telluride, Colorado $414.83 $33.65 $106.00 $9.63 $3.17 $567.28
5 Crested Butte, Colorado $393.38 $34.00 $98.00 $8.98 $3.42 $537.78
6 Breckenridge, Colorado $382.51 $32.62 $104.00 $8.98 $3.67 $531.78
7 Mont-Tremblant, QC, Canada $376.11 $52.04* $76.00 $13.83 $5.42 $523.40
8 Whistler, BC, Canada $368.43 $33.79 $98.00 $13.30 $5.17 $518.69
9 Big Sky, Montana $342.50 $33.33 $89.00 $12.00 $3.25 $480.08
10 Mammoth Lakes, California $264.86 $35.33 $105.00 $13.00 $5.17 $423.36

The complete TripIndex Ski list can be viewed at: www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.2012TripIndexSkiUS .

Notes to Editors

TripIndex Ski looks at 25 popular ski destinations across the United States and Canada. The list was editorially compiled using information from ski and travel experts, as well as TripAdvisor site data.

Prices were collected through a variety of research methods outlined below between October and November 2012.

Hotel prices shown reflect the average nightly rate per room, on TripAdvisor.com for the winter travel period December 15, 2012 – April 15, 2013. Hotels are within a five mile radius of the destination. Between three and 49 hotels were included to calculate the average price in all destinations. On average, 19 hotels were included in the total cost of each destination. Pricing information was sourced from partner booking sites on TripAdvisor.com.

Lift ticket prices reflect the average cost of an adult lift ticket for one day to the ski resorts in each destination.

Ski equipment rental prices specify the average cost of a basic ski equipment rental package (boots, skis, poles). The cost shown is the average price of three ski hire packages provided by suppliers in the destination. *Identifies ski rental prices that come from only two suppliers.

Meal prices shown reflect the average cost of a burger and fries sourced from three local restaurants.

Beer prices shown reflect the average cost of a bottle or draft of domestic beer sourced from three local restaurants.

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site,* enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 60 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 75 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 19 other travel media brands, and together the sites attract more than 74 million unique monthly visitors.** TripAdvisor, Inc.’s travel media brands include www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.onetime.com, www.seatguru.com, www.sniqueaway.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travel-library.com, www.travelpod.com, www.virtualtourist.com, www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn.

* Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, July 2012

** Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Worldwide, July 2012

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Durango, Colorado offers the best value for a North American ski getaway, according to the TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Durango, Colorado offers the best value for a North American ski getaway, according to the TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
The TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski reveals Bend, Oregon offers great value for a North American ski getaway. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
The TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski reveals Bend, Oregon offers great value for a North American ski getaway. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Vail, Colorado is the priciest ski destination in North America, according to the TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Vail, Colorado is the priciest ski destination in North America, according to the TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
The TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski reveals Banff, Alberta in Canada is among the top ten best value ski destinations in North America. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
The TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski reveals Banff, Alberta in Canada is among the top ten best value ski destinations in North America. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Among the best value North American ski destinations is Taos, New Mexico according to the TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Among the best value North American ski destinations is Taos, New Mexico according to the TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

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