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From Telluride to Winter Park: Average Rent in 17 Ski Towns

Last month, Curbed Ski explored which Colorado ski town has the cheapest rent and now it's time to take our search for affordable housing to the next level. We've compared monthly rental rates in 17 North American powder oases to discover which ones are the priciest and which one could best accommodate your ski bum budget. And while everyone knows that Aspen is a fancy-schmancy celebrity ski town, the results are sure to surprise you.

The figures below are each town's median gross rent per month in 2012, courtesy of data from City-Data. The median gross rent divides the gross rent distribution into two equal parts: one-half of the cases falling below the median gross rent and one-half above the median. Although far from perfect, a city's median gross rent per month is one way to assess a town's affordability. Generally, people believe it more accurately depicts rental rates in the middle distribution of rents than does the average gross rent.

For comparison's sake, in 2012 the median monthly gross residential rent in the United States was $884. In New York City in 2012, the median monthly gross residential rent was $1,079.

17. Telluride: $1567

16. Park City: $1297

15. Snowmass: $1291

14. Aspen: $1261

13. Steamboat Springs: $1255

12. Avon: $1246

11. Mammoth Lakes: $1212

10. Vail: $1142

9. Dillon: $1089

8. Breckenridge: $1080

7. Jackson: $1020

6. Crested Butte: $978

5. Ketchum (Sun Valley): $943

4. Big Sky, MT: $889

3. Whitefish, MT: $821

2. Squaw Valley: $813

1. Winter Park: $732

So that's it Curbediverse! If you want cheap ski town rent, head to Winter Park, Squaw Valley, or Whitefish. All three towns have median gross rent prices well below the rest of ski country, and Winter Park even has a median price that's less than the national average. On the other hand, don't expect cheap rent in Telluride, Park City, or Aspen. These ski towns don't come cheap!

· City-Data [Official Site]
· US Residential Rent and Rental Statistics [Dept of Numbers]
· The Ski Bum's Guide To Renting in the High Country [Curbed Ski]
· Is This the World's Burliest, Most Insane Camper Van Ever? [Curbed Ski]