Family Ski Resort Report 2017

  • Bulgaria cheaper than 2016
  • prices lower than last year in France & Switzerland

What it costs for families on and off the piste in European ski resorts

Taking your children skiing will make a big difference to your holiday budget so do your homework before booking to find which resorts offer the best value.  The cheapest options are in Eastern European and Italian resorts, according to this year’s Family Ski Resort Report by Post Office Travel Money.

Researched in partnership with Crystal Ski Holidays, the report investigated the cost of lift passes, equipment hire and ski lessons for a family of four together with a sample price for lunch on the slopes and a range of drinks in 16 ski resorts across Europe.

Key findings include:

  • Bansko (Bulgaria) is this winter’s bargain family ski destination.  Price falls since last season have made the Bulgarian resort cheaper than close rival Kranjska Gora in Slovenia
  • Bardonecchia in Italy is the cheapest Western European ski resort – almost half the cost in Wengen, the most expensive resort surveyed
  • For those who do want to head to the slopes in Switzerland, the report found big price falls in both Wengen and Saas Fee.  Researchers also found price falls in the three French resorts surveyed – Morzine, Les Deux Alpes and Serre Chevalier.


Skiers can purchase euros over the counter at more than 10,000 Post Office branches.  Euros can also be ordered online for same day ‘click and collect’ at almost 3,000 branches as well as next day collection at any branch or for home delivery. The Swiss franc and Bulgarian lev are among the leading holiday currencies available immediately at over 1,600 branches.  All three currencies can be pre-ordered in over 11,500 Post Office branches or online.  A range of travel insurance policies suitable for ski trips are also available at Post Office branches or online.

Source: Post Office. Data relates to internet rates for exchange of £500-£999 in early December 2017.