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

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Bulgaria has been named the cheapest place in Europe for Britons to go skiing for the fourth year running, followed by Italy, a new ranking has revealed.

At the other end of the spectrum, Swiss ski resorts remain the priciest.

Overall, prices have dropped for a week’s holiday on the slopes in two-thirds of the ski resorts surveyed.

Borovets, pictured, is the cheapest place in Europe for Britons to go skiing, the 15th annual Post Office Travel Money ski resort report has revealed. It produced a ranking based on the prices of ski essentials such as costs for ski school, lift passes, equipment, meals and drinks for one adult skier. The total for Borovets came to £435

Borovets, pictured, is the cheapest place in Europe for Britons to go skiing, the 15th annual Post Office Travel Money ski resort report has revealed. It produced a ranking based on the prices of ski essentials such as costs for ski school, lift passes, equipment, meals and drinks for one adult skier. The total for Borovets came to £435

Pictured is second-place Bansko (£488). Nick Boden, Head of Post Office Travel Money, said: 'This year's comparison of prices in all the leading European ski destinations shows that the cost of lift passes, equipment hire, tuition and living costs continues to vary by hundreds of pounds'

Pictured is second-place Bansko (£488). Nick Boden, Head of Post Office Travel Money, said: ‘This year’s comparison of prices in all the leading European ski destinations shows that the cost of lift passes, equipment hire, tuition and living costs continues to vary by hundreds of pounds’

The ranking was revealed in the 15th annual Post Office Travel Money ski resort report, which was produced with Crystal Ski Holidays.

To compile the list, researchers looked at the prices of ski essentials such as costs for ski school, lift passes, equipment, meals and drinks for one adult skier.

Bulgarian resorts occupy the top two places. In Borovets, prices have fallen by 7.3 per cent to £435, so it beats number two Bansko (£488) for the third year in a row.

Pictured is the Italian resort of Bardonecchia (£495), which is rated the third cheapest overall

Pictured is the Italian resort of Bardonecchia (£495), which is rated the third cheapest overall

Here are the top 15 cheapest places for adult skiers in Europe, according to the

Here are the top 15 cheapest places for adult skiers in Europe, according to the Post Office Travel Money ski resort report

Italy has six resorts in the top 12 – and prices have fallen in each. The survey’s biggest price plummet of 10.6 per cent was in Bardonecchia (£495), which is rated the third cheapest overall.

Sauze (£576) comes fourth and Sestriere (£589) ranks fifth. La Thuile, where prices have fallen to £627, finishes seventh, followed by Cervinia (649, 11th) and Selva (678, 12th).

Prices in sixth-place Morzine (£618) have fallen by 3.1 per cent, meaning the French resort has overtaken Ellmau (£648, 9th) in the Austrian Tyrol, where costs have risen by 2.1 per cent.

These are the only resorts in France and Austria to make the best value top 10 – Post Office Travel Money reveals that these countries account for most of the price rises this season.

Andorra is also a good option for cost-conscious skiers, with Soldeu (£638) ranking eighth, even though prices have risen by 1.5 per cent.

Similarly, Finland’s Ruka (£648) is a budget-friendly option for skiers, taking 10th place after recording a price fall of 7.6 per cent year on year.

Conversely, Swiss resorts such as Wengen (£1,047, 31st), Saas Fee (£1,034, 30th) and Zermatt (£1,158, 32nd) each registered totals exceeding £1,000. However, small price falls were documented in all three resorts.

Swiss resorts such as Wengen (£1,047, 31st), Saas Fee (£1,034, 30th) and Zermatt (£1,158, 32nd), pictured, each registered totals exceeding £1,000

Swiss resorts such as Wengen (£1,047, 31st), Saas Fee (£1,034, 30th) and Zermatt (£1,158, 32nd), pictured, each registered totals exceeding £1,000

Above is the ranking from 16 to 32. Overall, prices have dropped for a week's holiday on the slopes in two-thirds of the ski resorts surveyed

Above is the ranking from 16 to 32. Overall, prices have dropped for a week’s holiday on the slopes in two-thirds of the ski resorts surveyed

Meanwhile, prices have risen by 5.2 per cent in Austria’s Kitzbuhel (£881, 27th) and around one per cent in Val d’Isère (£980, 29th), making the French resort the most expensive in the Eurozone.

Other findings from Post Office Travel Money showed that for a family ski holiday for two adults and two children, Bansko (£1,358) retains its position as the best value, while runner-up Bardonecchia saw its prices fall to £1,592. 

To the other extreme, Grindewald (£3,199) in Switzerland ranks as the priciest ski destination for a family of four.

Nick Boden, Head of Post Office Travel Money, said: ‘This year’s comparison of prices in all the leading European ski destinations shows that the cost of lift passes, equipment hire, tuition and living costs continues to vary by hundreds of pounds. 

‘This makes it vitally important for skiers looking for a bargain break to do their homework before booking a ski holiday. 

‘Bulgaria and Italy are again looking great value but both Andorra and Finland are good alternatives to more expensive resorts in France, Austria and Switzerland.’

Chris Logan, Managing Director of Crystal Ski Holidays, added: ‘Skiers and snowboarders have embraced the opportunity to take to the snow once again and families can look forward to taking their half-term or Easter ski holiday with confidence. 

Above is Post Office Travel Money's cost breakdown of the best value resorts for adult skiers, ranked from one to 32

Above is Post Office Travel Money’s cost breakdown of the best value resorts for adult skiers, ranked from one to 32

‘The results of this report show improved value for skiers across Europe, with Bulgaria once again offering the lowest prices. There are still good late deals available so now’s the time to book. 

‘And all our customers have the reassurance of our holiday promise, so if things change and they can’t, or don’t want to, travel for any reason, they can take advantage of free flexible amends. 

‘Whilst it’s still important for people to understand entry requirements for the destination they are visiting, the season’s looking bright and the mountains are calling.’

For more information, visit www.postoffice.co.uk/skireport2022.

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