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The very best and worst value places for Britons to go skiing in Europe, from Bulgaria to Switzerland

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Borovets in Bulgaria has been revealed because the best-value ski resort in Europe for British skiers.

That’s in line with a latest survey by Post Office Travel Money, which has ranked 32 European resorts by cost by comparing the costs in each one in every of a bundle of ski essentials – including a one-week lift pass, ski equipment, six lunches on the slopes and ski school tuition.

This basket of products involves £506 in Borovets. The Italian ski resort of Bardonecchia swoops into second place because of the bundle costing £512, while one other Bulgarian resort – Bansko (£537) – ranks third.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt (£1,367) has been revealed as the costliest resort for Britons.

Borovets in Bulgaria (above) is the best-value ski resort in Europe for British skiers in line with a latest survey by Post Office Travel Money, which has ranked 32 European resorts by cost

The report was carried out using local prices for adult skiers that were supplied by Crystal Ski Holidays. Although it’s the most affordable, it found that costs have risen by 12.8 per cent yr on yr in table-topper Borovets, and that prices are up by seven per cent in third-place Bansko.

Echoing last yr’s survey results, Italy continues to represent the very best value for Britons among the many ‘big 4’ ski destinations – Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland – Post Office Travel Money reveals.

Together with Bardonecchia, 4 other Italian resorts rank in the highest 10 for value – Sauze (fourth, £611), Sestriere (fifth, £635), La Thuile (sixth, £678) and Cervinia (ninth, £711).

The Italian ski resort of Bardonecchia is the second-cheapest resort for Britons. Four other Italian resorts rank in the top 10 for value

The Italian ski resort of Bardonecchia is the second-cheapest resort for Britons. 4 other Italian resorts rank in the highest 10 for value

Even though it's the cheapest, prices have risen by 12.8 per cent year on year in table-topper Borovets

Although it’s the most affordable, prices have risen by 12.8 per cent yr on yr in table-topper Borovets

The remaining of the highest 10 comprises Ellmau, Austria (seventh, £702), Morzine, France (eighth, £704), and Finland’s Ruka resort (tenth, £716).

The three Swiss resorts surveyed have emerged as the costliest for British skiers, again reflecting last yr’s survey results. 

Post Office Travel Money says that is partly since the strong Swiss franc has risen greater than the euro against the sterling.

Of all of the resorts, prices in Saas-Fee (thirtieth) are most cost-effective at £1,178, almost 11 per cent greater than last season, while visitors to Wengen (thirty first) can expect to pay £1,311 for the barometer items, an increase of twenty-two per cent – the very best within the survey.

The value of the ski bundle in Zermatt has increased 15 per cent yr on yr, the survey notes.

In the case of family ski breaks, Bansko in Bulgaria has been named the very best value – very like last yr – with a bundle priced at £1,547 (that cost is for a family of 4 – two adults and two children aged six and eight).

The Bulgarian resort is nearly 12 per cent cheaper than the second-cheapest resort for families, Italy’s Bardonecchia resort (£1,749).

Generally, Italy offers the very best alternative of competitively priced ski resorts for families because it does for adult skiers, Post Office Travel Money reveals.

It says that each one five Italian resorts surveyed for family skiing are in the very best value top six: Passo Tonale (third, £1,766), Cervinia (fourth, £1,972), Sestriere (fifth, £2,003) and La Thuile (sixth, £2,158).

One other budget solution for families is Arinsal, Andorra (£2,190), which ranks seventh in the very best value table.

The remaining of the very best value top 10 for families is accomplished by two Austrian resorts – Rauris (eighth, £2,193) and Ellmau (ninth, £2,300) – and by Finland’s Ruka (tenth), where family prices have risen just 2.9 per cent to £2,303. 

Following the pattern of recent years there remains to be no top 10 place within the family table for a French ski resort, Post Office Travel Money notes.

Post Office Travel Money compared the prices of a bundle of ski essentials for adult skiers, from the price of a ski pass to the cost of lunches on the slopes

Post Office Travel Money compared the costs of a bundle of ski essentials for adult skiers, from the worth of a ski pass to the associated fee of lunches on the slopes 

In eleventh place, Morzine (£2,409) is the very best placed of nine surveyed within the family rating, while Tignes (twenty second, £2,926) is the costliest, albeit with a price fall of 1.1 per cent on last season’s levels.

Switzerland is the costliest destination by far for families, the study reveals. Prices in each Saas Fee (twenty fifth, £3,568) and Grindelwald (twenty sixth, £3,633) have risen by over 10 per cent. 

In Austria, Saalbach (twenty fourth, £3,238) and Kitzbuhel (twenty third, £3,146) come closest to matching the high price of Swiss resorts.

The Bulgarian ski resort of Bansko, pictured, where a basket of ski essentials comes to £537, ranks third for value

The Bulgarian ski resort of Bansko, pictured, where a basket of ski essentials involves £537, ranks third for value 

The Swiss ski resort of Zermatt (pictured) has been revealed as the most expensive resort for Britons

The Swiss ski resort of Zermatt (pictured) has been revealed as the costliest resort for Britons

Post Office Travel Money notes that families planning trips through the February half-term or the Easter holidays must be aware that prices have risen in all barring one in every of the 26 ski resorts that were rated most fitted for skiers with children. 

Nonetheless, it adds that well over half (16) of those increases were below 10 per cent.

Commenting on the report’s findings, Nick Boden of Post Office Travel Money says: ‘With every penny counting this yr, make sure that you get more in your money by changing money before leaving home quite than on the airport or ski resort where you risk getting a poor rate. 

 

When it comes to family ski breaks, Bansko in Bulgaria has been named the best value for families. Prices shown are for a family of four (two adults and two children aged six and eight)

In the case of family ski breaks, Bansko in Bulgaria has been named the very best value for families. Prices shown are for a family of 4 (two adults and two children aged six and eight)

‘Take enough money to cover ski and living costs and bear in mind that transactions of over £500 will get you a greater rate in our branches or on the Post Office website.’

Chris Logan, Managing Director of Crystal Ski Holidays, adds: ‘Customers are more cost savvy than ever, with bookings for places that supply the very best value to UK travellers, like Bulgaria and Italy, particularly good. 

‘One other excellent bang for the British buck isn’t yet featured within the report because this season will likely be our first yr operating there. But Bosnia and Herzegovina is a brand latest budget destination offering excellent snow and great activities in addition to wealthy culture and history.’

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