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Skiing on the highest peak in the western hemisphere, with its steepest drop, can cost you as much as $3,000 per day.
That’s according to a new report by the Associated Press, which used data from World Skiing and Alpine Ascents, a Swiss company.
The ski resort that tops the AP’s list, K2, is located in the northern part of Switzerland, about an hour’s drive from the Swiss border.
The resort’s owner, Sjostrom Bode, told the AP that the average cost of a ski trip there is $3.7 million, or roughly $11,000 a day.
K2 is the fourth-highest ski resort in the Alps, behind Trier and Höllländer, and the third-highest in Europe, behind Mont Blanc and Alpe d’Huez.
The mountain’s summit, known as the Alpe de la Rochefoucauld, has a summit-to-tail drop of 12,711 feet.
The Alpine Ascences website states that ski equipment at K2 costs around $300,000, which makes the resort a bargain compared with other resorts in Europe and the United States.
According to the AP, Bode has also sold a number of helicopters for the resort.
The AP’s report also states that the ski resort has more than 1,200 snowshoe rentals, but the ski-riding community doesn’t usually consider rentals to be ski-rental income.
Bode told the Associated Public that K2 provides a good business opportunity for his company.
“The K2 ski resort is a perfect place to get the ski season started and to create a very strong business model,” Bode said.
“It’s very much a destination ski resort, and if you can ski and ski for as much money as possible, it can be a very attractive proposition.”