Most affordable ski trips revealed
07 November 2014 09:35
TripAdvisor has found that Bansko in Bulgaria offers Britons the most affordable skiing holiday package
Families planning a skiing holiday this winter may want to consider heading to eastern Europe or Spain to get the best value for their money.
A new survey by travel website TripAdvisor has found that Bansko in Bulgaria offers Britons the most affordable skiing holiday package, at a total of £1,631.
That cost includes accommodation, evening meals, drinks, ski passes, lessons and ski hire for a week-long trip for a family of four.
The Sierra Nevada in Spain was found to be the second cheapest of the 42 European ski resorts surveyed, with costs adding up to a total of £1,930.
Sochi in Russia came third at £2,205, followed by Berchtesgaden in Germany at £2,476 and Andorra's Ordino Arcalis at £2,504.
Staying in one of these resorts should leave holidaymakers with enough cash for other holiday essentials such as comprehensive ski travel insurance.
At the other end of the scale, the Austrian resort of St Anton was found to be the most expensive place for a family skiing trip, at a cost of £5,026.
Those looking for the most affordable ski breaks should also try to avoid Switzerland, with St Moritz the second most expensive option at £4,811 and Zermatt coming fourth at £4,572.
TripAdvisor spokesman James Kay said the survey shows that families can "dramatically" reduce the cost of a skiing trip if they carefully choose the right resort.
Tips for safe skiing
Skiing can be a dangerous sport, so it's important to follow these basic rules to make sure you and your family have a great time on your holiday:
Remember that those who are skiing ahead of you always have the right of way
Make sure you are always in control
If you need to stop on the piste, always do so in a place that is safe for you and others
Always check for other skiers coming down the hill before starting in the middle of the piste or merging
Do not ski along closed trails, and always follow signs and warnings displayed on the slope
Rounding off the most expensive resorts were France's Val d'Isere at £4,606 and Val Thorens, also in France at £4,565.