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Ski Resort Report 2017

  • Head for the slopes in Eastern Europe or Italy to find the best value skiing this winter
  •  We surveyed 28 resports 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.

.Planning your annual trip to the ski slopes? We've got good news. Prices have fallen in three quarters of the resorts we surveyed.

For this year's Post Office Travel Money Ski Resort Report we checked out the cost of alpine must-haves like passes, ski hire, lunch on the slopes or a drink off-piste in destinations across Europe and North America. We worked with Crystal Ski Holidays to reveal how your pound will go further in many of the most popular ski resorts, particularly in France and Italy.

Here’s a quick tour of the places and pistes you'll get best value.

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia  Total cost: £325.47

This alpine report, near the glacial lakes of Slovenia's Triglav National Park, is for the first time the cheapest of the 22 European resorts we surveyed for the first time.  Best value was the ski school at just £79.52 for 5-6 half-day lessons.

Bardonecchia, Italy  Total cost: £347.12

Italy's easily the cheapest of skiing's ‘Big Four’ – beating Austria, France and Switzerland.  Bardonecchia, with its choice of Alpine slopes, joins Sestriere and Cervinia as one of four Italian spots in our best-value top 10.  Ski and boot hire was a great price – just over £75 for six days. 

Bansko, Bulgaria  Total cost: £351.54

Last year's cheapest European ski spot, Bansko still offers snow seekers great value and famously long ski runs. Some big bargains in the bars and cafes mean we found a Coke for just 72p!

Morzine, France Total cost: £410.47

Still in the Alps, Morzine has seen the biggest price fall for UK skiers – down 16% since last season. It's thanks to resorts cutting costs, and a stronger pound. The best value we found in France, but a glass of wine will still set you back £4.51.

Banff, Canada Total cost: £807.00

Further afield, this Rocky Mountain resort is the lowest-priced of six transatlantic ski destinations surveyed, with lunch on the slopes coming in at under a tenner.  Rising prices for lift passes and ski tuition in American resorts have made Breckenridge, Park City and Vail significantly more expensive.

Europe’s best value top 10:

  1. Kranjska Gora, Slovenia £325.47
  2. Bardonecchia, Italy £347.12
  3. Bansko, Bulgaria £351.54
  4. Sestriere, Italy £399.85
  5. Morzine, France £410.47
  6. Ellmau, Austria £431.97
  7. Cervinia, Italy £442.93
  8. Soldeu, Andorra £448.86
  9. Ruka, Finland £453.08
  10. La Thuile, Italy £454.19


Europe’s five most expensive destinations:

  1. Zermatt, Switzerland £839.32
  2. Wengen, Switzerland £712.47
  3. Saas Fee, Switzerland £688.04
  4. St Anton, Austria £676.40
  5. Kitzbühel, Austria £646.92


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About the Ski Resort Report

We compile our annual report with the help of researchers from Crystal Ski Holidays, using prices for 22 resorts in Europe and six in North America,

Costs are based on main 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 2017.