Surprising or not: Winter sports enthusiasts will have to dig deeper into their pockets this season, as many ski resorts have raised their prices by some 3 percent at the start of the new 2017-2018 ski season, following a similar increase from the previous year. Snow-Online.com just did a price comparison of more than 300 ski resorts from the 7 most popular winter sports countries.
The North American ski resorts are particularly hit hard by this year's price increases. Compared to the Alps, skiers in North America often pay twice as much as skiers do in Europe, or even triple of that. However, large investments in lift infrastructure, snowmaking, and grooming also result in higher prices in European ski resorts.