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TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski Reveals Northeast Slopes One-Third Less Expensive Than West Coast Ski Destinations



 TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski Reveals Northeast Slopes One-Third Less Expensive
                       Than West Coast Ski Destinations

PR Newswire

NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 19, 2013

NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor^®, the world's
largest travel site*, today announced its annual TripIndex Ski, a cost
comparison of 25 popular ski destinations throughout the United States and
Canada, revealing that on average, ski destinations in the West ($446) are 33
percent more expensive than Northeast slopes ($335).

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TripAdvisor reveals its annual TripIndex Ski, a cost-comparison of North
American ski destinations.

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The TripIndex Ski takes into account 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 paired with a bottle of domestic beer.

Top Spots to Splurge and Save

  o The 2013-2014 average cost of a North American ski trip is $422, up 3
    percent year-over-year.
  o Vail, Colorado is the most expensive destination in this year's TripIndex
    Ski at $784, 86 percent above the average.
  o Durango, Colorado offers travelers the most affordable ski trip ($214),
    coming in at roughly half the average TripIndex cost and less than
    one-third the cost of a ski trip in Vail.

Destinations with the Largest Year-Over-Year Price Decrease:

 1. Kingfield, Maine (-14%)
 2. Mont-Tremblant, Quebec (-11%)
 3. Whistler, British Columbia (-6%)
 4. Big Sky, Montana (-5%)
 5. Taos, New Mexico (-4%)

Destinations with the Largest Year-Over-Year Price Increase:

 1. Sun Valley, Idaho^1 (+ 40%)
 2. Steamboat Springs, Colorado (+14%)
 3. Lake Tahoe, California^1 (+13%)
 4. Park City, Utah (+9%)
 5. Whitefish, Montana (+8%)

Cross-country Costs

  o While the West is home to eight of the 10 priciest spots on the list of 25
    ski destinations, travelers can also head towards the Pacific to save at
    the three least expensive destinations on the TripIndex: Durango, Colo.
    ($214); Bend, Ore. ($223); Taos, N.M. ($229).
  o Kingfield, Maine is the most affordable Northeast location for packing
    down the powder ($244), followed by North Conway, N.H. ($247) and Stowe,
    Vt. ($370).
  o Travelers crossing country borders will find little discernible difference
    between prices, as a Canadian ski trip averages only 1 percent more than
    in the United States.
  o The most affordable Canadian destination is Banff, Alberta ($324), while
    Mont-Tremblant, Quebec is the costliest ($466).

"While ski trips in the Northeast tend to be more affordable than in the West,
the TripIndex Ski identifies several West Coast destinations including
Durango, Colorado and Bend, Oregon where travelers can shred and save," said
Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor.

TripIndex Best Value North American Ski Destinations

   Destination               Hotel   Ski Gear Lift Ticket Food   Beer  Total
                                     Rental
1  Durango, Colorado         $96.81  $28.33   $77.00      $8.98  $3.25 $214.37
2  Bend, Oregon              $99.95  $29.67   $79.00      $10.97 $3.67 $223.26
3  Taos, New Mexico          $122.07 $28.00   $63.25      $11.00 $4.92 $229.24
4  Kingfield, Maine          $111.62 $34.00   $83.00      $11.31 $4.08 $244.01
5  Salt Lake City, Utah      $124.18 $26.65   $79.00      $10.33 $4.63 $244.79
6  North Conway, New         $137.18 $33.33   $63.83      $9.23  $3.67 $247.24
   Hampshire
7  Whitefish, Montana        $169.66 $29.00   $69.00      $10.25 $3.33 $281.24
8  Jackson Hole, Wyoming     $177.83 $39.65   $76.50      $13.65 $4.90 $312.53
9  Banff, AB, Canada         $183.64 $43.65   $76.98      $13.85 $5.93 $324.05
10 Stowe, Vermont            $220.90 $36.00   $98.00      $11.90 $3.37 $370.17

TripIndex Most Expensive North American Ski Destinations

   Destination               Hotel   Ski Gear Lift Ticket Food   Beer  Total
                                     Rental
1  Vail, Colorado            $612.68 $43.32   $110.00     $13.32 $4.33 $783.65
2  Aspen, Colorado           $574.61 $48.97   $110.00     $11.86 $3.92 $749.36
3  Park City, Utah           $584.73 $34.33   $101.00     $11.67 $3.67 $735.40
4  Telluride, Colorado       $434.27 $42.33   $109.00     $12.00 $3.22 $600.82
5  Crested Butte, Colorado   $416.24 $32.65   $98.00      $9.15  $3.33 $559.37
6  Breckenridge, Colorado    $340.95 $34.98   $120.00     $11.23 $3.50 $510.66
7  Whistler, BC, Canada      $340.32 $33.73   $96.00      $14.08 $5.58 $489.71
8  Steamboat Springs,        $312.09 $36.32   $115.00     $11.15 $4.25 $478.81
   Colorado
9  Mont-Tremblant, QC,       $318.83 $47.18   $79.00      $14.99 $6.16 $466.16
   Canada
10 Big Sky, Montana          $307.70 $35.33   $99.00      $10.83 $3.50 $456.36

The full 2013/2014 TripIndex is available at
http://www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.TripindexSki_US_2013.

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.

Hotel prices shown reflect the average nightly rate of a hotel found on
TripAdvisor within a five-mile radius of the destination. On average, 19
hotels were included in the total cost of each destination. Pricing
information was sourced from partner booking sites for the winter travel
period December 15, 2013 – April 15, 2014.

^[1]Hotel prices in Sun Valley and Lake Tahoe were taken from a 10-mile
radius. In 2012, prices for these destinations were taken from a five-mile
radius.

Lift ticket prices reflect the average cost of an adult lift ticket for one
day to 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.

Food 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 260 million unique monthly
visitors**, and more than 125 million reviews and opinions covering more than
3.1 million accommodations, restaurants, and attractions. The sites operate in
34 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 21 other
travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com,
www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com,
www.flipkey.com, www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk,
www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com,
www.niumba.com,  www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com,  www.seatguru.com,
www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com,
www.virtualtourist.com, www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn. 

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, June 2013

**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, July 2013

©2013 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved. 

 

Vail, CO is the most expensive destination in the TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski;
Durango, CO is the cheapest.

 

Prices at popular ski destinations in Colorado can vary widely.

 

The TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski reveals destinations where travelers can get the
biggest bang for their buck when hitting the slopes.

 

The TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski compares the cost of a ski vacation in 25
popular U.S. and Canadian ski destinations. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:
http://www.multivu.com/mnr/63172-tripadvisor-travelers-face-steeper-prices-for-ski-vacations-in-2013-14

SOURCE TripAdvisor

Website: http://www.tripadvisor.com
Contact: Julie Cassetina, (617) 670-6529, jcassetina@tripadvisor.com
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