Ski holiday

Ski Resort Report 2018

  • Bansko in Bulgaria offers the cheapest skiing while Italian resorts are now challenging Eastern European ones for value.
  • We surveyed 31 ski resorts in Europe and North America and ranked them in order of cost
  • See where your money will go further when you hire skis, buy a ski pass or eat out

Discover where your ski money will go further.

The good news for skiers planning their annual ski trip is that sterling is holding its own against most European currencies – and is stronger than a year ago against the Euro, Swiss franc and Bulgarian lev. Although local prices have risen in some of the 25 European resorts surveyed, the 12th annual Ski Resort Report from Post Office Travel Money reveals that cash-conscious skiers can expect their pounds to stretch a bit further in several popular ski resorts including Mayrhofen, Zermatt and La Thuile.

Produced in partnership with Crystal Ski Holidays, the report reveals that Bansko in Bulgaria offers the cheapest skiing but that Italian resorts are now challenging Eastern European ones for value.


Key findings include:

  • Bansko has regained its crown as Europe’s best value ski resort with prices now 10 per cent lower than in Kranjska Gora, last year’s report leader
  • Bardonecchia in the Piedmont region of Italy has retained the runner-up spot, while three other Italian favourites – Sestriere, La Thuile and Cervinia - feature in the top 10. This makes Italy the cheapest ‘Big Four’ ski destination, outperforming Austria, France and Switzerland.
  • 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 Ellmau in the Austrian Tyrol, where prices are down over four per cent compared with last season
  • In North America, Banff in the Canadian Rocky Mountains remains the lowest-priced option of six transatlantic ski resorts surveyed for the second year running. Rising prices for lift passes and ski equipment in US have made Breckenridge, Heavenly and Vail far more expensive.


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 for same day ‘click and collect’ at over 3,500 branches, next day collection at any branch or home delivery. Currencies for the other Ski Resort Report destinations – Bulgarian lev, Canadian dollars, Norwegian krone, Swedish kronor and Swiss francs - are available on demand at over 1,600 branches or online where winter sports travel insurance can also be purchased.

The Post Office Ski Resort Report was compiled using prices for 25 resorts in Europe and six in North America, 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.

Read our Post Office Travel Money Ski Resort Report 2018