Now in its twelfth year, the report was created by Post Office Travel Money, and looked at some of the most popular skiing spots across Europe, analysing the cost of everyday things in each place to determine the average price for a trip away for travellers converting sterling. Factors that were studied included the cost of a six-day ski pass, equipment hire, lessons, lunch on the slopes, as well as refreshments such as coffee, beer and wine.
Taking the top position in the ranking was Bansko, Bulgaria’s premier ski resort and the most snow-sure in the country. Boasting pistes at altitudes from 900 up to 2600 metres, as well as a buzzing après-ski culture, every year it attracts eager visitors from all over the world. At approximately £405 (€460) per-person for a week’s ski holiday Bansko has regained its position as the cheapest of 25 popular European ski resorts surveyed.
“There is no denying that Bulgaria is a great destination for cash-conscious skiers. Not only are prices in Bansko at least 10% lower than in its closest competitors, but ski essentials cost less than half those in a third of the European resorts surveyed – including top ones in France, Austria and Switzerland. Bansko is ideal for beginners but also offers challenging red runs for experienced skiers,” said Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money.
Italy will also be of huge interest for people looking for an affordable ski trip this season, as the country proved to be the cheapest choice overall, with four resorts in the top 10 ranking. The resort of Bardonecchia in the Piedmont region took second place in the study, while in third position was Kranjska Gora in Slovenia, last year’s number one. The top ten was completed by Vemdalen in Sweden, Rauris in Austria, Ellmau in Austria, Sestriere and La Thuile Italy (at number seven and eight), Soldeu in Andorra and Cervinia in italy.
In North America, Canada proved to be much more affordable than the US, with Banff being named the best value of six resorts surveyed. At £563 (€639) for one week (pricing excluded ski tuition this year), it is 40% per cent cheaper than Vail (£933/€1059), the most expensive in North America.