Post Office Travel Money Ski Report 2022

Our annual survey of European ski resorts compares local prices for adults and families of four to see which offer the best value.

 

In 2022, Bulgaria and Italy came out on top for bargain hunting skiers packing for the piste. Discover the cheapest and most expensive destinations in our full report.

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See where your ski money will go further

Every year, Post Office Travel Money compares the costs of short ski breaks for adults and families in resorts around Europe to see where your holiday funds will go further.

 

This year’s report, produced in partnership with Crystal Ski Holidays, found prices have fallen since last season in around two thirds of the resorts surveyed. 

 

Even so, the cost of lift passes, equipment hire, tuition and refreshments can vary by hundreds of pounds, so homework’s vital if you’re looking for a bargain break. To help, we’ve summarised the highlights below and you can download the report for full details.

 

Key findings include:

  • Bulgaria again topped the table of best value ski resorts for both adult skiers (in Borovets) and families (in Bansko)

  • Price falls in all six Italian resorts surveyed made them the best value for UK skiers among the ski ‘big four’ of Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland  

  • Swiss resorts were the most expensive, with totals in Wengen, Saas Fee and Zermatt each exceeding £1,000 for adults

  • Morzine and Ellmau were the only resorts in France or Austria respectively to make the top 10 as these countries account for most of the season’s price rises

  • Prices were also down in over two thirds of the 28 resorts surveyed for family ski breaks 

  • Bansko in Bulgaria offers the best value for a family of four, at a total cost of £1,358 for the items surveyed 

  • Italian resorts take five of the top 10 best value places for families

The best value European ski resorts for adults

Here are the top 10 resorts in which our report found best value for adult skiers this season. The overall cost of a ski break was calculated based on the cost of a six-day ski pass and ski/boot hire for one person plus ski school (five-six half days), a range of drinks and lunch on the slopes.

 

Position  Resort  Total cost 
Borovets, Bulgaria  £434.51 
Bansko, Bulgaria  £488.34
3   Bardonecchia, Italy  £494.51
Sauze, Italy  £576.38 
5   Sestriere, Italy   £589.22 
6   Morzine, France  £617.58 
La Thuile, Italy  £627.38
Soldeu, Andorra  £638.31 
Ellmau, Austria  £647.62
10   Ruka, Finland £648.11 

Data relates to exchange rates in January 2022.

 

The best value European ski resorts for families

Here are the top 10 resorts offering best value for families. Prices shown are for a family of four, comprising two adults and two children aged under 12.

 

Position  Resort  Total cost 
Borovets, Bulgaria  £1,358.17 
Bardonecchia, Italy  £1,592.27 
3   Sestriere, Italy  £1,761.12 
Passo Tonale, Italy  £ 1,782.02 
5   Arinsal, Andorra  £1,882.95 
6   La Thuile, Italy  £1,886.75 
Soldeu, Andorra  £1,940.55 
Rauris, Austria  £1,973.65 
Ellmau, Austria  £2,045.18  
10   Cervinia, Italy  £2,106.12 

Data relates to exchange rates in January 2022.

 

Travel money: buy before your fly

Wherever you're travelling to, you’re likely to get a better rate on the foreign currency you need if you buy before you get to the airport. And always check the exchange rate for your destination to get the most out of your travel money

 

With Post Office, you can order travel money online or in selected branches, collect it from any branch or get it delivered to your door. You can also load holiday funds onto a handy, secure, prepaid travel money card.  

 

Travel insurance: protect yourself on the pistes

Wherever you’re heading, don’t forget to pack good travel insurance for your trip. Make sure you have the right level of protection for winter sports activities and that your policy includes coronavirus cover

 

Always check the latest travel advice

As countries continue to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, UK travellers may face different testing and quarantine requirements for travel to and return from different destinations. Whether you’ve been fully vaccinated against the virus can also affect this. 

 

Check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice for your destination. Remember, travelling against it could invalidate your travel insurance

Read the full Post Office Travel Money Ski Report 2022

How the report is compiled 

The Post Office Travel Money Ski Resort Report 2022 was produced in partnership with Crystal Ski Holidays. Using local prices provided by Crystal Ski Holidays and converted to sterling by Post Office Travel Money, the report compares the cost of ski and boot hire, lift passes and ski school plus lunch and drinks to give a realistic view of what it will cost an adult skier on a one week holiday. 28 resorts across Europe were also priced for a family of four skiers with two children aged 6 and 8.

 

The items surveyed were: 

1. Ski lift pass for one week (6 days)  

2. Ski equipment for one week (6 days)  

3. Ski school tuition (5-6 days half-day lesson)  

4. Cup of coffee  

5. Bottle of Coca Cola  

6. Glass of house wine 

7. Bottle of beer 

8. Six lunches on the slopes  

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