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 Italy and Eastern Europe, according to the Post Office 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 20 family ski resorts across Europe.
Key findings include:
- Family-friendly Bardonecchia in the Piedmont region of Italy tops the chart as Europe’s best value family ski resort.
- In Eastern Europe Bansko, which has been the cheapest resort in nine of the 10 previous surveys, is now in the runner-up spot, while Kranjska Gora has dropped to fourth place in the barometer table as a result of a big rise in the cost of equipment hire.
- Prices have fallen in a third of the ski resorts that were also surveyed a year ago. The biggest price fall can be found in Jungfrau region of Switzerland, where prices in Grindelwald are 11 per cent lower than in neighbouring Wengen last season
Skiers can purchase euros over the counter at more than 9,000 Post Office branches while over 4,000 stock US dollars. Both currencies can also be ordered online at postoffice.co.uk for same day ‘click and collect’ at over 3,500 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 be purchased.
The Post Office Ski Resort Report was compiled using prices for 20 resorts suitable for families in Europe, researched by Crystal Ski Holidays (www.crystalski.co.uk), 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 December 2018.