TripAdvisor proposes the best ski destinations in Europe this winter

Published on : Monday, December 23, 2013

ski-bransko-300x200Bansko in Bulgaria offers the best value ski destinations for European travellers this year, according to an annual cost comparison study released by TripAdvisor’s TripIndex.

A day on the slopes, a meal, beer and an overnight stay in a hotel in Bansko will set you back £104.34, less than one-quarter the price of the most expensive destination for a ski break which is in Courchevel, France costing £432.42.

The results were taken from TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski 2013, an annual report that compares the cost of a ski break in 41 key ski destinations in Europe, taking into account the cost of one night’s hotel accommodation, one day’s ski pass, one day’s basic ski hire, a meal and a bottle of beer this ski season (15 December 2013 – 15 April 2014).

While Bansko is the best value destination, this year, Andorra takes the lead as the most affordable country, laying claim to four destinations in the top 10 best value list. France and Switzerland emerge as the costliest countries, each home to four of the ten most expensive resorts.

When it comes to hotel prices across the popular ski destinations, Courchevel, France has the most expensive average rate for one night’s stay, coming in at £331.47. For the price of one night in a hotel in Courchevel, travellers can have five nights in a Bansko hotel (£65.54 per night).
Sochi, Russia is the cheapest option for a day on the slopes, with a lift pass costing £21.55 – around two times less than in St. Moritz, Switzerland which costs £49.74. Bansko offers the best value ski hire – the average cost of a basic package for skis, boots and poles will knock a traveller back £8.96, over four times less than the most expensive, St. Moritz, where the average ski hire is £40.68.

Bansko is also revealed as the cheapest place for a bite to eat at just £3.12 compared with £29.10 in Courchevel. The best value après-ski beer can be found in Ordino Arcalis, Andorra for £1.38, five times cheaper than in Courchevel where a post-ski beverage costs £6.71.

Last year’s TripIndex Ski results announced Mount Etna, Italy as the cheapest destination while Meribel in France topped the most expensive list for 2012.

“Skiing is often considered an expensive holiday, and while it can be, the TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski shows that where you go will have a big impact on how much you spend. In fact, a ski break doesn’t have to break the bank. Eastern European destinations and Andorra offer the best value and for those wanting to stay closer to home, it’s great to see a Scottish ski resort among the ten cheapest destinations,” commented James Kay, TripAdvisor spokesperson.

TripIndex Best Value European Ski Destinations

Destination
Hotel
Ski Hire
Ski Pass
Food
Beer
Total
1
Bansko, Bulgaria
£65.54
£8.96
£25.18
£3.12
£1.54
£104.34
2
Sochi, Russia
£79.40
£19.65
£21.55
£11.09
£5.58
£137.27
3
Ordino Arcalis, Andorra
£84.19
£13.14
£32.73
£6.92
£1.38
£138.38
4
Arinsal, Andorra
£85.32
£13.43
£32.73
£8.35
£1.64
£141.47
5
Berchtesgaden, Germany
£104.82
£16.51
£22.66
£8.64
£2.66
£155.30
6
Cananchú, Spain
£102.44
£15.95
£30.22
£6.43
£1.68
£156.71
7
Soldeu, Andorra
£111.67
£13.97
£36.93
£6.50
£2.12
£171.20
8
Pas de la Casa, Andorra
£113.05
£13.43
£36.93
£6.09
£1.85
£171.34
9
Cairngorm, Scotland
£101.04
£23.17
£33.17
£12.57
£3.57
£173.51
10
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
£124.17
£17.35
£25.60
£6.75
£1.99
£175.85

TripIndex Most Expensive European Ski Destination

Destination
Hotel
Ski Hire
Ski Pass
Food
Beer
Total
1
Courchevel, France
£331.47
£26.86
£38.27
£29.10
£6.71
£432.42
2
St. Moritz, Switzerland
£313.38
£40.68
£49.74
£19.16
£5.60
£428.56
3
Meribel, France
£326.59
£17.57
£39.87
£17.63
£2.73
£404.38
4
Verbier, Switzerland
£282.13
£39.52
£43.61
£18.51
£3.41
£387.18
5
Gstaad, Switzerland
£282.24
£39.65
£42.24
£16.12
£3.53
£383.78
6
Zermatt, Switzerland
£224.13
£35.19
£51.11
£19.64
£4.54
£334.61
7
Ischgl, Austria
£249.20
£31.47
£40.29
£9.79
£3.02
£333.78
8
Tignes, France
£249.41
£19.30
£42.39
£16.22
£3.36
£330.68
9
Val D’Isere, France
£246.52
£18.60
£40.71
£18.13
£2.94
£326.90
10
St. Anton, Austria
£238.63
£32.17
£40.29
£11.16
£3.75
£326.01

Source: TripAdvisor.

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