Swiss ski holiday more expensive

Reports confirm that skiers sloping off to Switzerland will face much higher ski holiday prices this season. This is mostly down to the strong Swiss Franc but also down to increases in commodity prices and petrol cost, affecting airport transfer operators the most.

Some studies show that prices had risen by more than 26% in Switzerland, caused by a combination of a plunging pound against the Swiss franc and higher resort charges. Switzerland has never been know as the cheapest option. Luckily ski holiday makers have a choice of ski chalets, apartments, hotels and airport transfers.

Looking at ski costs at resorts in 10 countries, including Canada and the United States, the report found Adelboden in Switzerland was the most expensive of the European resorts.

The best bargains for Britons are likely to be found in Bulgaria, according to a ski resort report from Post Office. The cost of six-day ski prices and basic commodities, such as eating out and drinks, was as high as £654 in Adelboden but as low as £263 at Bansko in Bulgaria. Skiers on a budget have great value resorts to choose from if they head east to Bulgaria and Slovenia or west to Andorra. Italy is also looking good for those skiers who prefer skiing in one of the long-established favourites.

The North American resorts were the most expensive – with Killington in Vermont costing £683 and Banff in Alberta, Canada, costing £674. Post Office Travel Money head Sarah Munro said: “With more pressure on the pocket than ever before, resort costs are likely to be a key factor in determining resort choice this year

There are other ways of saving money on ski holidays such as hire in resort rather buy ski equipment, go self-catering – it’s cheaper to eat in and do some online research, find out the best value bars and restaurants before you go.

Mid-January or late- March are usually the least expensive times for a ski holiday. This also applies to Switzerland. Check for any Swiss resort lift pass deals before you go. There are large variations between ski resorts.