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Lower costs, lighter crowds and great conditions make January 28 through February 3 the best week of 2018 to get away
Aspen, Colo. – Nov. 30, 2017 – For the second year in a row, Ski.com, the industry leader in providing and booking global mountain vacation packages, names the best week of the winter season to travel for a ski or snowboard vacation. Ski.com factored in accommodation costs, analyzed more than 25,000 reservations, and considered snow conditions to pinpoint January 28−February 3, 2018 as the best time to take a less expensive, crowd-free and powder-filled ski vacation. “Price, crowds and snow conditions are the top three factors that can make or break a ski vacation. While we know not everyone has the luxury of flexible dates when booking a mountain getaway, we have found the last week of January through the first few days of February to be the perfect time to travel this winter,” said Dan Sherman, CMO at Ski.com. “While the absolute lowest pricing and least crowded resorts can be found in early November and late April when conditions are less predictable, this week offers the best possible combination of all three factors.”
By traveling January 28−February 3, 2018, skiers can save up to 45 percent on a five-day trip for two at popular resorts including Breckenridge, Snowmass and Jackson Hole, when compared to the December holidays and other popular travel times like Presidents Day week. For example, a six-night, five-day ski vacation for two with lift tickets and accommodations at Beaver Run in Breckenridge costs $5,370 over Christmas. In comparison, the same trip between January 28 and February 3, 2018 costs only a fraction of a cost at $3,680. Book this trip by December 19, 2017 on Ski.com and save an additional 35 percent on accommodations, making total savings almost $2,500 or 45 percent. A six-night ski, five-day ski vacation for two with lift tickets and accommodations at Capitol Peak at Snowmass costs over $5,000 during Presidents Day week. The same vacation over Ski.com’s recommended time period will save skiers and riders $1,500.
Light CrowdsCrowd-free slopes mean less time standing in line and more time enjoying wide-open groomers and untracked powder. Ski.com recommends the week of January 28−February 3, 2018 due to a noticeable dip in reservation arrival dates at resorts across ski country. By traveling during this week, skiers can enjoy resorts like the locals do, without the crowds and lift lines that can be common during the busiest times of the winter season.
Great ConditionsJanuary and early February are great times to ski, as most resorts have built up their base depths to above-average levels. Compared to early and late season months, the majority of a resort’s terrain is usually open and the risk of terrain closures due to snow conditions is limited. This time is also prime for powder days. Last year during the January 28–February 3 week, Jackson Hole reported 17 inches of new snow, while Squaw Valley reported a base depth of 112 inches.
For more information about booking the best week of the year, visit Ski.com or call 800-916-9463 to speak to a Mountain Travel Expert.
Founded in 1971 in the heart of Colorado ski country, Aspen-headquartered Ski.com is North America’s largest provider of mountain vacation packages and an industry leader in online travel technology. The company specializes in booking custom ski vacations at more than 120 of the most popular ski resorts and heli- and cat-skiing destinations in North America, Europe, Japan and South America and offers the largest collection of mountain lodging and ski-vacation components, including discounted lift tickets, flights, equipment rental, ski school, activities and more. Providing unsurpassed mountain-travel expertise, Ski.com’s 65+ Mountain Travel Experts average 26 years of experience in the ski travel industry. For more information about getting to the mountains this season, visit www.ski.com.