Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Euro Skiing Prices Heading Downhill

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Euro Skiing Prices Heading Downhill

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PENNY-PINCHING skiers should be rewarded with lower costs when they hit the slopes this winter, according to research from a travel money specialist.

Moneycorp says Britons heading to the ski slopes this winter may be best advised to stick to Europe rather than heading across the pond to the big name ski resorts of Canada and the US.

Thanks to the weakening euro and resorts slashing prices to attract the ski crowd, it should be cheaper to ski the popular pistes of France and Switzerland this year compared to last season.

Research, conducted in association with ski holiday specialists Snow Finders, shows the average price of a shopping basket of essential ski items, averaged across the main ski destinations this winter, is down 5.7 per cent overall on last winter.

For Britons heading to Switzerland, traditionally one of the most expensive destinations in mainland Europe, there has been a 14.7 per cent drop in prices of ski essentials compared to 2011/12, while France has seen a 6.74 per cent drop and Austria a fall of 7.28 per cent.

On the other hand, skiers heading for the powdery slopes of US mountains should expect an average 4.7 per cent rise in the cost of a shopping basket of ski essentials this winter.

To find out which ski destinations offer the best value, Moneycorp and Snow Finders looked at common purchases made on a ski holiday and compared prices across eight of the most popular destinations for skiers.

Its shopping basket of 'piste essentials' for the survey included ski and boot hire, six-day lift pass, ski tuition, a soft drink, a cup of coffee, a bottle of beer, a bottle of wine and a two-course meal (not including drinks).

Comparison of the cost of this shopping basket in eight destinations shows Bulgaria is by far the cheapest for skiers this winter, with the cost of a shopping basket for one at Pounds 248.70.

This means a couple skiing in a Bulgarian resort, such as Bansko, pay less than Pounds 500 for a basket of ski essentials. This compares favourably with more expensive and more fashionable ski destinations in Switzerland and France. …

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