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Bulgaria 'cheapest place to ski'

06 January 2014 09:19

Best value for money: Bulgaria's Bansko nestles in the Pirin Mountains

Best value for money: Bulgaria's Bansko nestles in the Pirin Mountains

A town in south-west Bulgaria has been named the best value-for-money ski resort in a new cost-comparison survey.

Bansko, which nestles in the magnificent Pirin Mountains, offers Britons seeking bargain breaks the best prices, according to the TripAdvisor report.

The eastern European destination was shown to offer the best value of 41 ski venues based on average one-day-visit ski costs in addition to food and drink.

These prices totalled only £104 at Bansko.

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Other bargain destinations in TripAdvisor's survey included Sochi in Russia (where the one-day prices were £137) and the Andorra duo of Ordino Arcalis (£138) and Arinsal (£141).

Scotland featured in the top 10 cheapest resorts, with the Cairngorms' one-day trip cost of £173 placing it in ninth spot.

Two of the three most expensive ski getaways came from France.

Courchevel was the priciest at £432 for an average day's skiing holiday, with Meribel's £404 placing it third.

The famed Swiss peaks of St Moritz would on average set you back £428 for a day.

The poll encompassed the price of one night's hotel stay, one day's ski pass, one day's basic ski hire, a meal and a bottle of beer for the skiing season from December 15, 2013 to April 15, 2014.

TripAdvisor spokesman James Kay said eastern European venues and Andorra offer the best value.

Mr Kay added: "For those wanting to stay closer to home, it's great to see a Scottish ski resort among the 10 least-expensive destinations."

The Cairngorms are a mountain range in the eastern Highlands.

Popular settlements here include Aviemore, Braemar and Dalwhinnie with Glenshee, Lecht and Cairn Gorm among the ski centres.