Cash-conscious skiers can still get great value on this year’s winter sports holiday despite the weaker pound according to the annual Ski Resort Report from Post Office Travel Money produced with the help of Crystal Ski Holidays.
This year’s report reveals that Eastern Europe resorts will offer bargain hunters the cheapest skiing but it also shows that traditional favourites in Italy come close to matching their prices.
Key findings include:
- Bansko in Bulgaria remains the cheapest of 20 European resorts surveyed for the seventh year running and has pulled well ahead of Kranjska Gora in Slovenia, where prices are up 20 per cent on last season.
- World-class Sestriere, which hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics, is now in third place. The Italian resort is just five per cent more expensive than Kranjska Gora as a result of an 11 per cent local fall in the cost of ski passes, equipment and tuition.
- Italy is by far the cheapest of the ‘Big Four’ ski destinations – which also include Austria, France and Switzerland. This is because local prices have either fallen or stayed level with 2015 in the four Italian resorts surveyed, minimising the impact of the weaker pound.
- Those skiers planning transatlantic trips to the USA or Canada can expect to pay significantly more this winter. Banff in the Canadian Rocky Mountains is the cheapest option of six resorts surveyed, thanks to local price-pegging. Elsewhere, a combination of price rises for lift passes and tuition and the fall in sterling’s value mean that the overall cost to UK holidaymakers in North American resorts is at least 25 per cent higher than a year ago.
Skiers can purchase euros over the counter at more than 10,000 Post Office branches. Currencies for other Ski Resort report destinations, including the Swiss franc, Canadian dollar and Bulgarian lev are available immediately at over 1,600 branches, while an additional 2,400 stock US dollars. euros and US dollars can also be ordered online at postoffice.co.uk for same day ‘click and collect’ at almost 3,000 branches as well as next day collection at any branch or for home delivery. A range of travel insurance policies suitable for ski trips are also available at Post Office branches or online.
European Ski Resorts
North American Ski Resorts
Source: Post Office.: Data relates to internet rates for exchange of £500-£999 in late September 2016.
The Post Office Ski Resort Report was compiled using prices for 26 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.