As the largest retailer of lift tickets online, one of the fun things about working at Liftopia is playing around with all the cool data we’ve collected over the years (in the very geekiest sense of the word ‘fun’ and second to skiing, of course). It can be sliced and diced in a million different ways, and each time we start sifting through the data with a particular goal in mind, we inevitably come across a handful of other interesting insights along the way, each giving a glimpse into the habits of skiers around the world.
One of the cool nuggets I came across recently was data showing where skiers living in different parts of the country prefer to ski. As one of our biggest markets of skiers, New York City seemed like an obvious place to start. Despite NYC’s fast-paced, no sleep, hustle and bustle reputation, New Yorkers do, in fact, appreciate a break from it all for a day, a weekend or even longer to get in a few turns on the slopes.
So here’s where New Yorkers go when they ski locally (resorts within 250 miles as the crow flies), and where they go when they travel a little farther to get on the slopes (resorts farther than 250 miles from the city):
Mountain Creek is the closest resort to the city that made the list, perfect for a quick day trip or weekend getaway, but interestingly (although not surprisingly), Killington took the #2 spot despite being close to a 5 hour drive. Stowe was also a contender for Top 5 Local Resorts, but fell just outside of our 250 mile ‘local’ cut-off as the crow flies.
Top Destination Resort
Apparently New Yorkers have a soft spot for Utah, taking four of the five spots for top destination resorts, despite the fact that overall we sell slightly more lift tickets to Colorado than Utah. The accessibility and diversity of Utah’s skiing is hard to deny, especially if you’re trying to maximize a quick break from the city with a direct flight in and out of Salt Lake City, and the option to ski a different resort within driving distance each day of your trip. Nevertheless, Copper Mountain can certainly hold its own as a New Yorker ski destination, with nearly 2,500 acres of varied terrain for beginners and experts alike without the need to drive once you arrive, all less than two hours from Denver International Airport.
If you’re a New Yorker, are there any resorts your neighbors are seriously missing out on, near or far, or did they pretty much hit the nail on the head when choosing where to ski on Liftopia?