At many USA resorts, skiing and snowboarding is now cheaper than when the Aussie dollar was on par with the US dollar.
Vail Resorts (USA) has bought Perisher in NSW and now those with the Epic Australia season pass can enjoy lift access at any Vail resort for no extra charge. And it's not just those under the Vail banner that have slashed their prices... ski resorts nearby offer some great rates, too!
Copper Mountain in Colorado has been voted the Best Value Resort and Best Family Resort in North America. As it is surrounded by five Vail resorts within a 25-minute drive (Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Vail and Beaver Creek), so lift passes have been slashed to an unbelieveable USD$20 per day for one adult and up to four kids under 13 years. That's USD$20 for all, not each, plus you get lift line priority. These are just like ski school lines, so there are never any lift queues.
That's approximately AUD$26 per day or just over AUD$5 per day, averaged out over one adult and four kids.
Good ski-in, ski-out hotel rooms with two queen beds start at only USD$146 (AUD$195) per night from 2 January to 16 February 2017. Spacious studios with full kitchens start at only USD$158 (AUD$211) per night.
KISS has special pre-purchased fares to the west coast of USA, departing Sydney 29 December 2016 or 5 January 2017, coming home 21 or 22 January from only $1599 per adult and only $1299 per child under 12.
From Brisbane depart from 1 to 4 January 2017 for just a little more.