Planning a ski holiday doesn’t have to be stressful, even when you’re looking for a good deal. I normally spend hours googling options before making a decision but this year I don’t have to, and neither do you.
To celebrate the publication of the 11th annual Post Office Travel Money Ski Resort Report, I’ve teamed up with the lovely people at the Post Office as they’ve rounded up the best value resorts for the coming season. In partnership with Crystal Ski Holidays, they’ve compared everything from the cost of lift passes and lessons to the price of a cup of coffee.
Having gone through the report with a fine tooth comb, here are the 5 resorts that caught my eye:
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
Situated near the Austrian and Italian borders, it’s not hard to see why this resort came first as the best value option in Europe. You can get your lift pass, ski and boot hire, and 5 days of lessons for less than £320. Let that sink in for a moment… £320! The resort is great for beginners and intermediate skiers, has 20km of pisted runs, 40km of cross-country skiing and a World Cup slalom run. A pint of beer after a long day skiing will set you back £1.80 (ridiculous, I know) and the town has lots of lively après options.
I was genuinely surprised to see Morzine in 4th place with the largest price reduction of all the resorts! Portes du Soleil is one of the biggest ski areas in the world covering 650km, so you’re definitely not going to get bored – in fact, you can ski in both France and Switzerland from Morzine. The resort is popular with the younger snowsports crowd and with families so there’s something for everyone. One note of caution would be to avoid an early or late season trip because of the low altitude, but apart from that it ticks all the boxes.
I’m yet to ski in Italy so I was intrigued by the 4 Italian resorts in the top 10. Sestriere pretty much guarantees good conditions because it’s high up, north-west facing and has extensive snowmaking kit. It may not be the prettiest resort but it did hold the 2006 Winter Olympics so the facilities do everything they need to and more. Compared to my other picks, it’s the quietest from a social perspective but for a long weekend trip Sestriere sounds ideal.
This is the resort that’ll likely please everyone – it’s the group ski trip dream. With pistes that are perfect for all abilities and the original ski/snowboard festival, Snowbombing, it’s a hard one to beat for an affordable group trip. You can book packages through Snowbombing directly or, if you’d prefer to do your own thing, you can sort your ski and boot hire from as little as £90. As a traditional town-based resort, pay attention to the whereabouts of your accommodation to save any inconvenience.
Val d’Isère, France
I’m slightly biased when it comes to Val d’Isère because it’s by far the best resort I’ve been to. I was so pleased to see it listed in the Post Office report, albeit down in 16th place. If you’re looking for a picturesque resort with world-class skiing and super fun après, this is my ultimate choice. Val d’Isère makes up one half of the Espace Killy ski area and is linked to Tignes. There’s plenty on offer for beginners but this is a resort better suited to seasoned skiers. A lift pass will set you back a little over £200 but just remember that beer is significantly cheaper than wine and you’ll be sorted for après.
Right, I hope between the Post Office Travel Money Ski Resort Report and my top picks you’ve got plenty of ideas of where to ski for less this season. If you want to go further afield, the report covers the best value resorts in the US and Canada too.
Let me know what you make of the report and whether you’ve been to any of the top 10 resorts. I’d also love to know what you think of my top picks. What would yours be?
Sincerely, Sarah xx
*This post is sponsored by the Post Office