The good news is, the cheapest ski destinations have just got cheaper.
Post Office Money have put together their annual report on where to find the cheapest ski destinations in the world, and in their words “Ski resort prices slide downhill in top European resorts”.
– Post in collaboration with Post Office Money
They’ve compiled the stats on…
– The cost of ski passes
– Ski boot hire
– Ski school
… and found that the prices in 75% of the 22 European ski resorts surveyed have gone down compared to last season.
The 11th annual Post Office Travel Money Ski Resort Report also compares the cost of coffee, wine, beer and lunch up on the slopes in both Europe and North America to see which resorts come in at the most affordable price.
Cheapest Ski Resort in Europe: Kranjska Gora
Kranjska Gora is just an hour away from where I learnt to ski, at Vogel Ski Centre, in Slovenia. I mean, that’s probably why we chose it back in the day. It’s the first time Kranjska Gora has come out as the cheapest ski area (a week is £324). That accolade usually goes to Bansko, which has won six times (this year £349).
Overall though, Italy is the cheapest country to go skiing, with four resorts in the best value top 10. Their absolute cheapest is Bardonecchia (at £346), I like to say that word in my dodgy Italian accent in my head. The other Italian entries were Sestriere (£355, 4th), Cervinia (£441, 7th) and La Thuile (£453, 10th). Can’t vouch for any of them personally, but I did go skiing in Champoluc once, just 90 minutes from Cervinia, and had a brilliant few days of barely anyone on the slopes.
Biggest price fall: Morzine, France
Ooo, Morzine in the French Alps is known for being a bit of a swanky place to ski but the Post Office report found the cost had fallen 16.4%, at £383 – sweet!
Overall, France is the ski destination with the biggest drop in costs: Les Deux Alpes is down 11.2% (£460), Serre Chevalier is down 9.6% (£468) and Val d’Isère is down 11.7% (£578).
Most expensive: Zermatt, Switzerland
Of course the Swiss Alps came out as the most pricey, with Zermatt on top at £836. Still though, the report found price falls of six per cent, so we’re a little bit closer to being able to afford it.
And overall, prices in Austria are up too.
What about North America?
If you want to visit the cheaper ski resorts in North America, go for Canada over the USA. With the strong US dollar and prices on the up, you’re better off due north.
Banff in Canada came out at the best value from the six transatlantic ski resorts, at £800, followed by Whistler at £946 and Tremblant at £958. US prices were around £500 higher: Breckenridge (£1,410), Park City (£1,418) and Vail (£1,422).
And then of course you have flights and accommodation on top. Hmmmm, maybe when I win the lottery…
How they decided…
“The Post Office Ski Resort Report was compiled using prices for 28 resorts in Europe and North America, provided by Crystal Ski Holidays, the UK’s leading ski holiday specialist. Costs are based on mid-season pricing and entry level skis and boots. Ski school daily hours vary depending on the resort. Lunch prices are based on two courses (main course and dessert) excluding drinks. All prices are based on the Post Office exchange rates in early October 2017.” – Post Office
You can find out more about the cheapest ski destinations on postoffice.co.uk, where you can also pick up the best price for your travel money too.