Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Don't be surprised if your ski holiday this winter feels cheap ( because the real cost of a visit to the slopes has seen a stunning fall in the past three decades.

As the UK ski industry prepares for its first National Ski & Snowboard Week from November 12 to 18, to boost bookings, figures from the Ski Club of Great Britain show since 1970, the average house price has soared 1,793%, a loaf of bread is up 714%, while seven nights' skiing in the French Alps, by air, is up only 300%, from pounds 160 to pounds 640.

Says Caroline Stuart-Taylor, chief executive of The Ski Club of Great Britain: "Back in 1970, a ski holiday cost around 3% of the cost of an average house. Today, it is less than 0.4%, but in many ways, the perception remains that a ski holiday is an expensive luxury."

Fast-growing website lowcostholidays.com has launched a one stop shop for skiers and boarders to enable them to select hotels, apartments and flights to key ski destinations ( with an option to add equipment hire, ski passes, insurance, taxis and airport parking if needed. …

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