The prices of skiing just keeps skyrocketing in the U.S. So it begs the question: Should you be looking elsewhere, say Canada, for better slopes at a cheaper price? (Spoiler alert: The answer is yes.)
Because of the strength of the U.S. dollar, “it’s like, 23% off every time you open your wallet—everything’s on sale!” says Dan Markham of Lake Louise Ski Resort, in Alberta, where World Cup athletes like Lindsey Vonn go early in the season to train and compete.
“And if you book your lift tickets, hotels, lessons, etc. all at once,” adds Markham, “you save even more.”
Which province you pick matters, too. For instance, Alberta which has tons of great skiing, has no provincial tax—so you save anywhere from 7 to 9% over other areas in Canada.
And it’s not even that far: A flight from New York to Calgary is just under five hours— the same as flying to Salt Lake. And since you’re on the East Coast, with the time change you can take an early flight, be at the hotel by lunch, and ski that afternoon.
Then there’s the snow. Unlike most of the U.S., Canada offers more fresh powder, more consistently.
So what are you waiting for?