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Montana Offers Best Value to Money-Minded Skiers, Study Finds

Aspen is North America’s most expensive resort


Looking for a luxury ski vacation with the greatest return on investment? Savvy skiers will find the best overall value in  Montana, says vacation search engine Home2Go, which published its annual Ski Price Forecast this week. “Most Valuable” honors went to Bridger Bowl, an 8-lift/75-run resort in Bozeman, where a day pass is a modest $60 and vacation rentals start at less than $50 per night per person. Aspen unsurprisingly claimed “Most Expensive Resort,” with lift tickets reaching $155 per day and vacation rental prices topping $250 per person per night.

Featuring 35 destinations  across North America, the Ski Price Forecast is based on four criteria: the costs of rental equipment, lift tickets, on-mountain dining and overnight accommodations. Notably, the index does not include intangibles like chocolate chip cookies or the feeling of handing off one’s skis to a valet, or we imagine resorts like Deer Valley and Vail might have seen a bump in the value section, but we love seeing a spotlight on Montana skiing.

Among hidden gems near the top of the list for value-minded were no. 6 Taos, an up-and-coming destination for the jet-setting art crowd where vacation rentals are still available under $50 per night, and Hollywood favorite Sun Valley,  which ranked no. 14.  Here, lift tickets might be much higher they were when Clark Gable and Katharine Hepburn skied the Sun Valley’s slopes, but day passes are still a reasonable $80, and vacation rental rates hover at $70 per person per night.

 See the full rankings here.

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