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The Italian resort of Bardonecchia has been rated best value for the first time nudging past Bansko in Bulgaria, the long-time number one.

Family-friendly Bardonecchia has emerged as the cheapest choice in the latest Post Office Travel Money Family Ski Resort Report, produced in partnership with leading tour operator Crystal Ski.

It is one of five ski destinations to record a fall in prices since last season.

• Italy's Bardonecchia is rated best value in a survey of 20 family resorts and has claimed the top spot from Bulgaria's Bansko

• Ski costs are most expensive in Saas Fee - almost twice as much as in Bardonecchia

• But prices are down 11 per cent in another Swiss ski region - the Jungfrau - while four other family resorts have recorded price falls since last year

The Family Ski Resort Report compares the cost of six days':
  • Ski and boot hire
  • Lift passes
  • Ski school
  • Lunch and drinks for two adults and two children
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Prices in Bardonecchia have dropped 1% since last season to around £1,478 .

The resort, which provides a wide range of facilities for children, now offers the cheapest family lift pass at £391.

The £489 cost of ski school for two adults and two children is £100 lower than in runner-up Bansko.

"Bardonecchia is an ideal resort for families with some great gentle slopes for beginners and intermediates, plus we have discounted lift passes available for children under the age of 8, making it an even more affordable option," said the Crystal Ski Holidays Managing Director, Chris Logan.

"With a Crystal Ski Holiday we also have the option for children to be booked in to join our newly re-launched Beanie Bears Club in many of our resorts, where ski school and child care is wrapped in to one. Pre-booking ski passes and equipment is another way families heading to the mountains this winter can reduce their costs."

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In sharp contrast to the marginal fall recorded in Bardonecchia, prices in the Bulgarian resort of Bansko have risen by over 18% to £1487.

The same upward trend in pricing is true of the other Eastern European resort surveyed too.

Kranjska Gora has registered the biggest price increase of 23% to £1,636, which means that the Slovenian resort has fallen two places to fourth in this year's table.

The main reason for this is a steep rise in the cost of equipment hire, which has increased by £90 or 31% from £294 last year to £384 this season.

However, ski school remains cheaper in Kranjska Gora than in any other resort surveyed at £355 for a family of four.

"Ski school costs are definitely something to bear in mind because they can add hundreds of pounds to the family ski trip budget."

In today's cash-conscious environment it is worth comparing tuition fees and swapping to a resort like Kranjska Gora where you can shave two or three hundred pounds off the price," said Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money.

Bardonecchia was not the only Italian ski resort to show a year-on-year fall in prices.

They have also dropped by over two per cent in two other Italian resorts.

La Thuile (9th in the table at £1,894) and Sestriere (£1,634), which has been moved up past Kranjska Gora to third place in the table because of the cheap cost of a child's lift pass (around £46 for six days).

However, prices have risen by over 16% in Selva, making this one of the most expensive resorts surveyed at £2,264 (15th in the table.).

Prices are also down almost seven per cent in Andorra, where the Grandvalira region is well-known as being good value for family skiers.

Canillo resort rates as fifth cheapest in this year's survey at a cost of £1,664 for a week for a family of four, primarily because of the ‘kids go free' lift pass deals widely available in this and other Grandvalira resorts.

But the biggest year-on-year fall among those surveyed has been in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland, where the cost of a week's skiing in Grindlewald (£2,497) is 11% lower than a year ago in the neighbouring resort of Wengen (£2,803).

Elsewhere in Switzerland, Saas Fee has been revealed as the most expensive ski resort surveyed at £2,925, a rise of 13% year-on-year and almost twice the cost of skiing in Bardonecchia.

There have been hefty price rises in France as well.

Although Morzine remains the best value ski resort surveyed at £2,173, an increase of almost 16% in costs means it has fallen to 12th in the table from seventh place a year ago.

The cost of skiing has also risen 10% in Serre Chevalier (£2,274, 16th) and 12% in Les Deux Alpes (£2,387, 17th).

The price rises in Austria were slightly lower than in France at around 9% in Ellmau (£1,793, 8th), Mayrhofen (£2,093, 10th) and Kitzbühel (£2,616, 19th).

Rauris, a new addition to the survey, was the lowest priced Austrian resort at £1,792, making it seventh cheapest.

Vemdalen, one of Sweden's largest resorts, proved to be the cheapest of five that are included in the Post Office survey for the first time.

Its total cost of £1,769 for a week's family skiing made it sixth cheapest in the barometer table.

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