What it costs for families on and off the piste in European ski resorts
Taking the children on a skiing trip in Europe will make a big difference to the holiday budget so do your homework before booking to find which resorts will give you the best value. The cheapest options this year are in Bulgaria and a range of Italian ski resorts, according to research conducted for the annual Post Office Travel Money Family Ski Resort Report.
Produced in partnership with Crystal Ski Holidays, the annual report compares the weekly cost of lift passes, equipment hire and ski lessons for a family of four together with a typical price for lunch on the slopes and a range of drinks in 25 family ski resorts across Europe.
Key findings include:
- The Bulgarian ski resort of Bansko has regained its position as Europe’s best value family ski resort from Italy’s Bardonecchia, which takes the runner-up spot this season
- Italy looks to be the best value country for skiing overall, taking four of the top five spots in this year’s barometer table. Sestriere, Passo Tonale and Claviere join Bardonecchia to dominate the top of the chart
- Prices have fallen in six of 16 ski resorts that were also surveyed a year ago. The biggest price falls are in Ruka, Finland, where prices are down 4.3 per cent, and in Morzine, France, where they have slid downhill by four per cent.
Skiers can purchase euros over the counter at more than 9,000 Post Office branches. Euros can also be ordered online for same day ‘click and collect’ at almost 3,000 branches, next day collection at any branch or for home delivery. Currencies for the other Ski Resort Report destinations – Bulgarian lev, Norwegian krone, Swedish kronor and Swiss francs - are available on demand at over 1,600 branches or online at postoffice.co.uk, where travel insurance policies suitable for ski trips can also be purchased.
The Post Office Ski Resort Report was compiled using prices for 25 resorts suitable for families in Europe, researched 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 consist of a main course and dessert excluding drinks.
Figures used are based on local resort prices converted into sterling using the Post Office internet rate for exchange of £500-£999 in early October 2019.