Published on Friday, December 2, 2011

Discounting sees ski holiday prices' tumble



Ski resort discounting has seen the cost of family skiing tumble this year.

Lift passes, ski rental and living costs have fallen between four and 20% compared with prices two years ago according to the Post Office Travel Money Family Ski Resort Report.

Produced in conjunction with Crystal Ski, the report compared prices in 10 resorts.

The exception was Switzerland where the strong franc kept prices higher.

Bulgaria was rated best value for money for beginners at 17% cheaper than in 2010 and costing less than half the price of Italy and Switzerland.

Family ski and boot hire was cheapest in Ellmau in Austria, helping push the Austrian resort’s prices down 11 per cent from their 2009 high.

It made it the cheapest of the ‘Big 4’ European ski destinations surveyed.

In Canada and the US prices have plunged with ‘kids ski free’ deals leading to prices dropping by 23% in Fernie, Canada and 31% in Winter Park, Colorado.

By Diane Evans



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