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What is the Average Price of a Ski Lift Ticket?

The average price of a ski lift ticket varies greatly depending on the ski resort, location, and time of year. In general, lift tickets at popular ski resorts in North America and Europe can range from $30 to $200 or more per day. A quick check of a few favorites shows the following single day prices (as of February 2023, adult, day of use purchase) – 

  • Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon – $30
  • Purgatory, Colorado – $68-$119
  • Taos, New Mexico – $195
  • Sun Valley, Idaho – $176 – $221

There are several factors that can impact the price of a ski lift ticket, including:

  • Location: Ski resorts in more populated and tourist-friendly areas tend to be more expensive. Simple supply & demand.
  • Popularity: Resorts that are more popular and have a higher demand for lift tickets are generally more expensive. Just like location
  • Time of year: Lift ticket prices tend to be higher during peak ski season (usually December through February) and holiday periods (plus specified school breaks like Spring Break), and lower during shoulder seasons (early and late ski season) and weekdays.
  • Type of ticket: Different ski resorts offer various types of lift tickets, including full-day tickets, half-day tickets, multi-day tickets, and season passes. The type of ticket purchased can impact the overall cost.
  • Residency – Some areas reward the locals with very reduced season pass prices. As they say “membership has its privileges”.

In general, lift ticket prices have been steadily increasing over the past few years, so it is important to check prices in advance and budget accordingly. Some ski resorts also offer discounts and promotions, so it may be possible to find a good deal if you plan ahead. Be prepared for some sticker shock if you have not skied in a while.

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