The Burger Index
The smell of spring skiing means burgers grilling on the deck of the lodge, mmmm. One way to sum up this season is as the season of value. There was a lot of talk this fall about what sort of value is out there and the hamburger has been served up as a USDA prime example.
Over the course of the season, we did our own burger value research and are happy to report the results below. (Photo taken at Arapahoe Basin by Casey Day)
The first burger we checked out was at Loveland. For $6.50, this sandwich comes with a selection of toppings and part of the added value is the free parking right at the base of the lodge.
When we tired Copper‘s burger, it came on a bright plate accompanied by beautiful sunshine and lots of deck seating. The cost was $9.75, including fries and loads of toppings.
The burger at Aspen/Snowmass was also delicious and also only $9.75. It came with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and on the side, a trail map for all four mountains.
The trip to Crested Butte yielded not only excellent skiing, but an excellent $8.00 burger. Plenty of toppings were included and the free shuttle into town was a plus.
Neighboring Monarch grilled up a burger that was almost as good as the cat skiing. For $7.75 we had our choice of toppings and like the lift lines, the lunch lines were practically nonexistent.
At $6.50, the medium rare burger at Winter Park is a hot item. Complemented with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions, the toppings were much easier to handle than the bumps on Mary Jane.
That’s the burger index for this season but there is still plenty of value and deals to be consumed in Ski Country.