Taking the gondola to the top of the mountain in order to ski back down at a typical ski resort in the Colorado Mountains.

Photo Credit: Gunther Fraulob (iStock).

UPDATE: Some prices have increased compared to those included in the HomeToGo report featured in this piece. See relevant updates on that throughout the piece below.

While ticket prices vary throughout the season, Steamboat Resort is seemingly home to the most expensive lift ticket in Colorado, according to a recently released report from HomeToGo. Verified on the Steamboat website, a single-day lift ticket can cost up to $225 dollars here.

The high lift ticket price in Steamboat was topped by just one other American resort among the 55 that were included in the HomeToGo report. Deer Valley, which is located in Utah, has a reported maximum ticket price of $229.

Editor's Note: The prices below are the prices that were used in the aforementioned HomeToGo report. Multiple resorts in Colorado have since raised prices based on those shown on their website. A lift ticket at Vail or Beaver Creek for 1/17/2021 is $218, for example.

Multiple other Colorado resorts were ranked among the 10 most expensive in the country. Beaver Creek and Vail are tied for the third most expensive lift ticket in the United States at a price of $199. Aspen Snowmass isn't far behind, in 5th with a lift ticket that costs up to $194. Breckenridge and Telluride were also ranked among the most expensive resorts, placing 8th and 10th with ticket prices of $179 and $169, respectively.

Editor's Note: Lift ticket prices for Breckenridge have increased to $198 throughout the season.

The cheapest spot included in the report nationally was Titus Mountain in New York, with a lift ticket price of $39. The cheapest Colorado spot to be included in the report was Arapahoe Basin, with a lift ticket of $89, followed by Purgatory with a lift ticket price of $99.

In total, twelve of Colorado's most popular resorts were included in the report, including Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs, Telluride, Vail, Aspen Snowmass, Beaver Creek, Purgatory, Arapahoe Basin, Crested Butte, Winter Park, and Keystone. More than 20 resorts can be found around the state.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside


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Most if not all are part of the multi-mountain passes blanketing the US. It's a better deal for them (I'm guessing here, but seems most likely) vs. trying to solicit the day-trippers w/affordable lift tickets. Prices have been heading UP for decades so not a surprise. I think the Ikon/Epic/MtnCol/etc have given them a way to go big on days and still get the destination skiers, plus $2500 seasons passes (JH) doesn't hurt. Skiing is becoming a $$$ person's sport - @ least at the big mountain resorts. Are there enough of them to keep all the $$$ resorts in business? I live near 4 ski 'areas' and 1 'resort' (IMHO). Even the resort is cheaper - per day - than any of these mega.-resorts...and I can get more vertical on the weekends than any of them.


Ought to be ashamed of themselves, but if people pay it, it's on them.


an absolute disgrace


So are these prices for lift tickets so high because of Covid at resorts are trying to recoup some revenue before the season is over?


Wolf Creek is $80 on a regular day, $90 for peak days and usually has the best and most snowin Colorado! https://wolfcreekski.com/wolf-creek-lift-tickets-2/


Wolf Creek. definitely on my go-to list. Thanks

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