10 Most Expensive Ski Resorts in North America

By on January 26, 2015

Skiing and snowboarding are two of the most enjoyable activities you can participate in during the cold months of winter.

However, as anyone who’s ever been on a ski mountain knows, the sport does not come without a little bit of financial sacrifice.

If you live in a ski resort town, you might be lucky enough to get big discounts on ski passes, but if you’re not fortunate enough to live in a skiing paradise, you’ll have to drop some serious cash to spend a weekend at your favorite North American resort.

These 10 ski resorts are the cream of the crop in North America, and they don’t cater to those that don’t have money to spend.

Combining the price of the average lift ticket and the average hotel room, here are the 10 most expensive ski mountains in the United States and Canada.

#10: Mammoth Lakes, CA, USA (Hotel + Lift Ticket = $356)

To ski or snowboard at Mammoth Mountain in California’s Sierra Nevada range, alpine enthusiasts will spend an average of over $350 per day – just to get a bed and a ride on the chairlift.

Mammoth has over 3,500 skiable acres for its guests, and 28 chairlifts to get people up the mountain, giving great access to its extensive terrain

On-mountain food and drinks are reasonably priced, with meals costing between $10-15 for most items, and beer running a reasonable $5.25. These are very competitive prices compared to the rest of the resorts on this list.

At least you can eat for cheap when you’re shelling out 96 bucks for a lift ticket. Mammoth provides pretty good value for an elite ski resort, but still is hardly the cheapest place you’d want to go for some winter entertainment.

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