There's distance and there's distance -- Calgary's farther in miles, but it's probably a wash in time and not much more in dollars given that it's a lot closer to the nearest airport.
Basel to Calgary: 4804 mi: 13 hours, 25 minutes (via Frankfurt). Ca. $1300.
Basel to Saratoga Springs: 3790 mi. 12 hours, 40 minutes (Albany via Paris and Boston) plus a 40-minute drive. Ca. $1000 plus ground transportation.