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Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge among priciest US winter destinations, survey finds

Posted at 12:09 PM, Nov 24, 2016

DENVER – Three Colorado ski resorts are among the top five most expensive winter destinations in the U.S., according to a new survey released by CheapHotels.org.

The ranking was based on the minimum price travelers will have to pay to stay in the cheapest* available double room, with the least expensive price averaging $243 for the night.

Vail took the top spot ($243) followed by Aspen ($227) at No. 3 and Breckenridge ($221) at No. 5.

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The average price for each destination was determined for the winter months of December, January and February.

"I think it’s slowly becoming like an Aspen or Vail, I think popularity-wise, Vail and Aspen have the bigger name recognition, but I think Breck is definitely up there," said skier Mickey Martin, who was at Breckenridge Ski for Thanksgiving.

"It’s pretty expensive, but I worked really hard this summer so that I could make enough money to come," said Riley Beskar, whose vacationing from Minnesota. 

Key West in Fla., and Sanibel Island, also in Fla., landed among the top five.

These are the Top 10 most expensive winter destinations in the U.S.:

1. Vail (CO) $243

2. Key West (FL) $234

3. Aspen (CO) $227

4. Sanibel Island (FL) $225

5. Breckenridge (CO) $221

6. Lahaina (HI) $216

7. Santa Monica (CA) $197

8. Downtown Miami (FL) $194

9. Park City (UT) $184

10. Palo Alto (CA) $175

*Only hotels with at least a 3-star rating and those with a positive average feedback score from previous guests were taken into consideration by this survey.

To view the full results of the survey, click here

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