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Bulgaria 'better bargain' than US for skiers

26 January 2009 12:15

Bulgaria 'better bargain' than US for skiers

Eastern European countries are the best value for anyone looking to go on a skiing holiday this winter, according to Post Office Travel Services.

Research from the Post Office found that, despite the strength of the pound against the dollar suggesting that US ski resorts might provide the best deals, it is locations such Bulgaria that can save travellers money.

Getting a cheap deal can appeal to many people looking for a winter break, with cheap travel insurance, flights and accommodation costs on the wishlist.

Ski equipment and living costs in Borovets, Bulgaria, are half the price of their equivalents in Vail, Colorado, according to the research.

And Europe's big three destinations of Austria, France and Switzerland are also beaten by Romania and Slovenia in terms of bargains.

However, Post Office head of travel services Helen Warburton explained: "It's important for ski holidaymakers to pick a resort that suits their expertise and matches their expectations.

"Challenging ski runs and resort facilities are more likely to determine choice for experienced skiers, whereas first-timers and families will be more concerned about sticking to a budget than about finding black runs."

Bargain travel insurance deals are also vital for skiers heading away, especially those looking to save money and grab bargain in eastern Europe.