Affordable skiing: How 16 popular U.S. resorts rank

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - The going rates for a seven-day lift ticket in Vail are anywhere from $650 to $1,100. Hotels also are pricey, averaging at $546 a night.

Flights are not much better — a two-way ticket to Vail would cost an out-of-state skier an average of $768. And let's not even get started on the I-70 traffic.

So when Vail came in at No. 1 for highest average vacation costs in a new data analysis compiled by Hipmunk, a San Francisco-based travel booking website, it wasn't too much of a surprise.

And many other Colorado ski resorts aren't much cheaper.

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