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Nigel Woollsey

Online Writer
Published: 10/12/2019

Post Office Travel Money’s 13th annual ski resort report has urged bargain-hunters to head east this year in search of the best budget ski holiday.

Those looking for the best value when it comes to time on the slopes and après ski are being urged to head to Bulgaria this year. Produced in partnership with Crystal Ski Holidays, the report investigates both the on and off-slope costs of 30 top European ski resorts.

Bulgarian ski resorts take top two positions

As a new entry to the chart, the Bulgarian resort of Borovets has beaten a host of other skiing locales to the top spot – surging ahead of established ski destinations in Italy, Slovenia, Austria, France and Sweden to be named as the best value ski spot. Borovets also narrowly pipped its fellow Bulgarian resort of Bansko to the top position, with their average costs of £448.25 and £453.09 respectively representing the cheapest totals for a one-week stay.

Individual resorts were compared on several criteria, including the cost of a six-day ski pass, boot hire and five or six half-day ski lessons. Off-slope costs examined included the price of six cups of coffee, six glasses of Coca-Cola, six glasses of wine, six bottles of beer and six lunches. Food and drink prices were then added to the ski expenses to determine the overall value of a resort.

Interestingly, the report also showed that prices had risen in over 80% of the 30 resorts studied, with Bardonecchia in Italy’s Piedmont region being the cheapest ski holiday destination in the Eurozone.

However, this increase wasn’t universal, with the French favourite of Val d’Isère seeing a nearly 9% drop in costs.

Chris Logan, Crystal Ski Holidays managing director, said: “The report shows that, despite barometer prices rising year-on-year, there is good value news for British skiers. Bulgaria is known for being a great value destination for ski so it’s no surprise that Borovets and Bansko are in the top spots for this season. Our customers will be pleased to see a decrease in costs in Val’d’Isère, which remains enduringly popular, and Italy continues to be more affordable for price-conscious customers across a variety of resorts.”

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