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It has the lowest prices but it is not for everyone according to a new survey. The Post Office Ski Resort report says that overall prices for family ski holidays in the rest of Europe are higher than last year.

Bansko in Bulgaria is still cheapest resort; 23% less than runner-up Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

The report reveals that families will have to factor in higher resort costs because sterling has weakened against all European currencies since last year.

The biggest falls have been against the euro and Bulgarian lev (5.7%).  The Swiss franc remains expensive too.

The report has been compiled by Post Office Travel Money in conjunction with the tour operator, Crystal Ski.

It doesn't take into account the cost of the holiday iself (travel and accomodation), but rather looks at all the necessary add-ons - lift pass, equiment hire, lessons and food & drink.

The lowest-priced resort for families in each of 10 countries surveyed was again Bansko.

At £885 for a family of four, prices for ski equipment, lift passes, ski school, meals and drinks were 23% lower in the Bulgarian resort than in the Slovenian runner up, Kranjska Gora (£1,154).

The biggest price rise of 13% was in Soldeu, Andorra (£1,197) now just £4 cheaper than Ellmau in Austria, lowest-priced of the Big Four destinations. 

At £1,201, the Post Office found that Ellmau's resort costs were 16% cheaper than Morzine, France, 20% less than in Cervinia, Italy and 30% less than in Saas Fee, Switzerland. 

There is better news for families planning a transatlantic ski holiday in the USA or Canada according to the report.

In Winter Park, Colorado, prices have fallen 10% since last season to £2,104.94 and the cost of a family meal on the slopes (£33.35) is lower than in Bansko (£34.75).

In Canada significantly lower resort costs for ski passes and equipment together with a weaker Canadian dollar means that prices are down 26% (£2,107.44).  

"Resort prices are looking a bit higher this year and this can have a big impact on families when individual prices are multiplied for three, four or more people. Families who have not yet booked will be well advised to compare resort prices for ski equipment hire and lift passes as well as for meals and drinks as these can make a big difference to the overall cost of a ski holiday," said Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money.

With sterling still weak against ski currencies the advice from the Post Office is to plan carefully to maximise spending money. 

Change holiday cash in advance before leaving home to avoid getting a poor rate at the airport or in the resort. Another good option is to load money onto a pre-paid card like the Post Office Travel Money Card though changes are being made to the terms and conditions on November 25th.

Using resort prices researched by Crystal Ski, the main Post Office Ski Resort Report featuring 30 ski resorts in Europe, USA and Canada will launch in early December.

Currency

% +/- 2013 v 2012

24 September 2013

24 September 2012

Canadian dollar

+3.5

1.5772

1.5242

US dollar

-1.3

1.5510

1.5720

Swiss franc

-4.2

1.4048

1.4666

Euro

-5.7

1.1470

1.2160

Bulgarian lev

-5.7

2.1757

2.3066

 

 

BULGARIA

Bansko

SLOVENIA

Kranjska Gora

ANDORRA

Soldeu

AUSTRIA

Ellmau

FINLAND

Ruka

Ski pass (6 days)

£344.00

£455.26

£415.29

£562.99

£481.32

Ski/boot hire (6 days)

£226.00

£356.21

£248.48

£173.76

£298.87

Ski school (5/6 half-day lessons)

£274.00

£291.92

£472.63

£410.08

£556.04

Ski total

£844.00

£1,103.39

£1,136.40

£1,146.83

£1,336.23

Coffee (large)

£1.13

£1.56

£1.91

£2.17

£2.26

Coca-Cola (small)

£1.56

£2.00

£2.52

£2.17

£3.48

Wine (50cl)

£2.17

£3.21

£12.16

£2.78

£9.56

Beer (25cl)

£1.30

£1.91

£2.52

£2.17

£4.00

Lunch on the slopes for four

£34.75

£41.70

£41.70

£45.18

£66.03

Food/drink total

£40.91

£50.38

£60.81

£54.47

£85.33

TOTAL COSTS

£884.91

£1,153.77

£1,197.21

£1,201.30

£1,421.56

%+/- 2013 vs. 2012

+4%

+9%

+13%

+9%

+12%

 

 

FRANCE

Morzine

ITALY

Cervinia

SWITZERLAND

Saas Fee

USA

Winter Park

CANADA

Tremblant

Ski pass (6 days)

£524.76

£583.84

£598.01

£723.54

£711.16

Ski/boot hire (6 days)

£326.67

£290.18

£442.50

£382.30

£328.91

Ski school (5/6 half-day lessons)

£488.27

£564.73

£579.63

£954.46

£991.81

Ski total

£1,339.70

£1,438.75

£1,620.14

£2,060.30

£2,031.88

Coffee (large)

£2.26

£3.04

£3.29

£1.92

£1.59

Coca-Cola (small)

£2.43

£2.17

£3.48

£2.15

£1.59

Wine (50cl)

£8.97

£6.88

£17.67

£4.01

£4.44

Beer (25cl)

£2.67

£3.04

£3.34

£3.21

£4.44

Lunch on the slopes for four

£72.98

£52.13

£73.51

£33.35

£63.50

Food/drink total

£89.31

£67.26

£101.29

£44.64

£75.56

TOTAL COSTS

£1,429.01

£1,506.01

£1,721.43

£2,104.94

£2,107.44

%+/- 2013 vs. 2012

+6%

+2%

n/a

-10%

-26%

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