Looking For Value in the East, the West, and the Rockies

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Value is a relative term in the mountains. For some skiers, good value is found at resorts where the snow isn't manicured to death, where the lift tickets aren't budget breakers, and the condos are clean, comfortable and affordable. But other skiers and boarders want five-star comforts, on-mountain gastronomic perfection, and fresh corduroy, regardless of the cost. Why, the theory goes, waste a precious ski day on anything less?

This month in SKI Magazine, I contrasted two such resorts in Utah: Alta, which ranked #1 in Value in SKI's latest reader survey; and nearby Deer Valley, which ranked # 43.

Taking that as the theme, here's a look at three resort pairs, radically different places that offer great value depending upon the type of skier or boarder you are. For true value, go in skiing's value season, January. These are mid-January prices, based on double occupancy.

Killington and Mad River Glen

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