Skint skiers should head to Europe and Austria, says new edition of annual ski resort guidebook

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The priciest ski resorts are around three times as expensive as the cheapest, says the new 2012 edition of Where to Ski and Snowboard – the world’s leading guidebook to ski resorts.

The book’s editorial team has worked out a Resort Price Index (RPI) for each of the major resorts in Europe and North America, based on the cost of lift passes, ski hire, ski lessons and food and drink. Skint skiers should avoid resorts such as Switzerland’s St Moritz in Switzerland, Aspen in the USA and Whistler in Canada where the main extras of a week-long ski holiday add £800 or more to the basic cost of the holiday (travel and accommodation).

The cheapest are resorts in Romania and Bulgaria, where the extras are only £300 or less. But there are very good value resorts in all the major Alpine countries too, with resorts in Italy, Austria and France costing as little as half the price of the most expensive resorts (around £400 to £450). Particular bargains include Ste-Foy-Tarentaise in France (thanks to an exceptionally cheap £100 lift pass), Passo Tonale in Italy (the cheapest all round Alpine resort) and Monterosa Ski in Italy (the Alps’ cheapest ski area for food and drink).

Chris Gill, co-editor of Where to Ski and Snowboard, says ‘The best value countries with good skiing and modern lifts systems are now Italy and Austria, though some smaller French resorts are also worth considering. And you can limit the cost of food and drink by going on a catered chalet holiday (where a substantial breakfast, afternoon tea and free wine with dinner are included in the package) or to a self-catered apartment – both these options are widely available in big French resorts, are popular with British skiers, where restaurant and bar prices are high.’

Where to Ski and Snowboard 2012 – Britain’s only annual ski resort guidebook –  is out now. CD-Traveller readers can purchase a copy for the special price of £15.99 at:



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