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A new report that looks at in-resort costs claims there is better value for families this winter. Two-thirds of resorts surveyed claim a drop. NEW

The report comes from Crystal Ski and was done in association with Post Office Travel Money.

Bansko in Bulgaria has regained its position as the cheapest family ski resort.

Bardonecchia in Italy is best value in Western Europe - almost half the cost in Wengen in Switzerland.   

The biggest fall has been in Switzerland where lower resort costs have combined with a strengthening of the pound against the Swiss franc to make Saas Fee 10% cheaper than last year.  

However it falls from a high point and Switzerland remains expensive for families overall.  

Although the biggest price falls of between 5% and 10% were found in Switzerland and France, the Swiss resorts surveyed - Saas Fee (£2,065) and Wengen (£2,298) - were still the most expensive in the report.   

Featuring 16 European resorts recommended as suitable for family skiing, the Post Office Family Ski Resort Report compares the cost of six days' ski and boot hire, lift passes and ski school together with a typical cost for lunch on the slopes and a range of drinks for two adults and two children.   

There were sizeable falls in all three French resorts surveyed - 8.4% Les2Alpes (£1,655), 7.1% in Morzine (£1,474) and 5.6% in Serre Chevalier (£1,652) - only Morzine made it into the top half of the table in seventh place.   

The best value is again in Eastern Europe where Bansko in Bulgaria (£1,086) has regained the top spot at the expense of Kranjska Gora in Slovenia (£1,120).   

Bardonecchia in Italy is new to the survey and is rated as the best value in Western Europe. 

It has the cheapest family ski pass (£392) of the 16 resorts.   

The other Italian resorts surveyed all registered price rises, although this is largely because the sterling exchange rate against the euro is weaker than a year ago. 

In Austria Ellmau has some of the best prices.   

At £1,334, the resort in the Tirol has overtaken Sestriere and moved up one place to fourth in the Family Ski Resort Report table on the back of a marginal (-0.5%) fall in prices.   

Prices are also fractionally lower in Kitzbühel (-0.2%, £2,046) but have risen steeply by 8.7% in Mayhofen (£1,658).   

The main reason for this is a sharp rise in the cost of ski and boot hire.  

"Bardonecchia is particularly suitable for families with younger children because there are kindergartens, play areas and ski school classes for the very young," said the MD of Crystal Ski, Chris Logan. 

"Lower prices in Morzine make this another good option for bargain-hunters, especially as families can use the high-speed snow train, which links the UK with the French Alps.

"Not only does this offer easy access to top ski destinations but everything else is easy too.  Checking in is a piece of cake, there's more space than on a plane, you can bring your own food and drink, and

there's a generous baggage allowance. You can even kiss long transfers goodbye, since the train takes you to the bottom of the mountain."

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