Family skiing costs least in Kranjska Gora
- Kranjska Gora in Slovenia overtakes Bansko for the first time in 10 years to become best value in the new Family Ski Resort Report.
- Early snowfall boosts bookings for Sestriere and Mayrhofen as local price falls help reduce the impact of a weaker pound.
- French and Swiss resorts struggle to compete with Austria and Italy on price.
For the first time in its ten-year history, research for the Post Office Travel Money Family Ski Resort Report has revealed that Kranjska Gora is now the cheapest of 16 ski resorts across Europe – overtaking long-time leader Bansko¹. The Slovenian resort was one of six surveyed where prices in the local currencies have slid downhill to reduce the impact of sterling’s fall in value on families planning ski holidays this winter.
Featuring European resorts recommended as most suitable for family skiing by Crystal Ski Holidays, who conducted the research in partnership with Post Office Travel Money , the report compared the cost of six days’ ski and boot hire, lift passes and ski school, together with a sample price for lunch on the slopes and a range of drinks for two adults and two children.
At a total cost of £1,071 for the basket of goods, Kranjska Gora was easily the cheapest resort surveyed. Local euro-based prices have fallen five per cent since last season – in part due to discount offers on equipment hire. This means the weaker pound will have less of an impact than in many other resorts surveyed, where half of those surveyed saw year-on-year rises exceeding 25%.
The low cost of family ski tuition was a key factor in helping Kranjska Gora to overtake Bansko. Its £340 price tag for six sessions was almost £200 lower than in the Bulgarian resort.
Ski school prices are also around 25%lower in third-placed Livigno than in Bansko which has helped the Italian resort (barometer basket: £1,197) to close the overall gap between them to around £46 from £100 last year.
Another Italian resort, Sestriere (£1,288), is catching up on the survey leaders because local prices have dropped 12 per cent since last season - primarily because of reductions in the cost of lift passes and ski school. After the exchange rate was applied, the Post Office found the overall price increase of 6.9% to be the lowest by far across the 16 resorts.
According to Crystal, reports of early snowfall have made Sestriere one of its bestsellers this season and the same applies to Mayrhofen (£1,509). The Austrian resort was another of those surveyed to reveal a fall, albeit small (-2.3%), in local prices.
The French and Swiss resorts surveyed struggled to compete on price with Italian and Austrian ones (excluding Kitzbühel). None of the three French resorts surveyed (Morzine, Serre Chevalier and Les Deux Alpes) made it into the top half of this year’s Family Ski Resort Report league table. Morzine (£1,572) was best placed in 10th position (down from 6th a year ago). And when the weaker exchange rate is added to local rises of between 10%-14% cent in French resorts, it means UK skiers can expect to pay 33%-39% more than a year ago.
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Source: Post Office - Data relates to internet rates for exchange of £500-£999 in early December 2016. The Post Office Family Ski Resort Report was compiled using prices for 16 resorts suitable for families in Europe, 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.