Purgatory ski resort named best value in nation; Vail called worst

Vail ski resort (Photo: TripAdvisor)

Vail ski resort (Photo: TripAdvisor)

DENVER – TripAdvisor researched 25 popular ski destinations in the country and has come up with a list of the best value ski destinations.

No. 1 on the list is Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort in southwestern Colorado.

TipAdvisor researched the costs of a one-night hotel stay, a single-day lift ticket, ski equipment rental package and a meal at a local restaurant.

The travel company said Purgatory was the best value in the nation with a total cost of $209.

The other top five best values were Bend, Oreg., Taos N.M., Salt Lake City, Utah and North Conway, N.H.

TripAdvisor also released a list of the most expensive ski destinations. Not surprisingly, Vail came out on top with a total of $801 followed by Aspen at $717.

Park City, Utah and the Colorado resorts at Telluride and Crested Butte rounded off the top five.

The Best Value Ski Destinations include:

 
 
Destination Hotel Ski Gear 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

The Most Expensive Ski Destinations include:

  Destination Hotel Gear 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