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Tesco Travel Money: How to get more pistes for your pound

With almost three quarters of UK skiers and snowboarders planning to hit the slopes this year, Tesco Travel Money has carried out the most comprehensive review into the resorts that give the best value skiing per kilometre around the world, to help skiers and snowboarders get the most pistes for their pound.

The research, which provides a completely unique insight into the value of skiing based on the cost of a 6-day lift pass in 1,942 resorts across 54 countries, ranks resorts by the cost per kilometre of the available pistes. Interestingly, the research shows huge variations in the cost of skiing across the world, ranging from a great value 31p per kilometre, to more than £30 per kilometre in some resorts around the world.

Top 10 resorts with the best value skiing*

Ski resort

Piste length (km)

Cost of 6-day adult ski pass (£)

Cost per km of skiing (£)

Champoussin, Switzerland

650

202.44

0.31

Champéry, Switzerland

650

202.44

0.31        

Les Crosets, Switzerland

650

202.44

0.31

Claviere, Italy

320

139.61

0.44

Sansicario, Italy

320

139.61

0.44

Sauze D’Oulx, Italy

320

139.61

0.44

Sestrière, Italy

320

139.61

0.44

Cervinia, Italy

314

158.72

0.51

Megève, France

325

165.33

0.51

Lech Zürs am Arlberg, Austria

338.1

180.03

0.53


Top 5 European countries with overall best value skiing**

Country

Average cost per kilometre of skiing (£)

Bulgaria

2.33

Andorra

2.52

France

5.29

Spain

5.92

United Kingdom

6.94


Former Olympic skier and Ski Sunday presenter Graham Bell has picked his top five tips from our research to show where you can make your money go further this season.

1. Best multi-buy ski areas: Portes du Soleil, Switzerland/France, and Arlberg, Austria

Part of the Portes du Soleil ski region, the Swiss resorts of Champoussin, Champéry and Les Crosets, take the top spots in the Tesco Travel Money research for providing the best value skiing per kilometre of piste out of every ski resort worldwide. The lift pass in these resorts enable you to ski a staggering 650 kilometres of piste for the price of one pass, providing a lot of skiing for your money.

The Austrian ski resort of Lech Zürs am Arlberg also makes the top ten for best value skiing in the world. The lift pass for this resort enables access to the entire Arlberg ski region, which also includes my favourite skiing spot of St Anton, so while the cost of accommodation will vary across the region, the lift pass provides skiing in some of the most exclusive resorts in Europe for the price of one pass.

2. Best value countries for skiing: Bulgaria, Andorra and France

It’s unlikely to come as a surprise that Bulgaria takes the top spot as the European country that offers the best value skiing overall, and it’s a great value place to learn to ski. This is closely followed by Andorra, which is great for beginners and intermediates with enough good skiing to keep advanced skiers entertained too. However, no research into ski resorts would be complete without mentioning France, which contains the most ski resorts in the world. France packs a punch when it comes to value, coming 3rd overall for best value skiing in Europe, and my top tip for a good all-round skiing holiday in France would be the resort of Megève, which is in the top ten resorts worldwide for best value skiing. Megève offers uncrowded pistes, no long lift queues and a charming ‘chocolate box’ village centre, making a break in Megève a recipe for ski perfection.

3. Top tip: Stay in Cervinia, Italy, ski in Zermatt, Switzerland

On the Italian-Swiss border, Cervinia is one of Italy’s top ski areas and ranked among the top ten for best value skiing. Handily, Cervinia shares the same ski area as the upmarket Swiss resort of Zermatt, allowing bargain-savvy skiers to stay in Cervinia, yet also enjoy the pistes of neighbouring Zermatt - without the price tag. Cervinia is great value and the food is good too - just don’t forget your passport when you ski to Zermatt: I’ve seen customs police at the top of the cable car

4. Best for ‘city & ski’: Campo Imperatore, Italy

The popular Italian Milky Way ski region in Northern Italy which encompasses the resorts of Claviere, Sansicario, Sauze D’Oulx and Sestrière, also makes the top ten for best value skiing. However, for something a little ‘off the beaten track’, the lesser-known Campo Imperatore resort in the Abruzzo region offers a good value option. This smaller resort comes in at a great value 55p per kilometre and, at less than 2 hours’ drive from Rome, offers a cost-effective way to combine a long weekend in the Italian capital with a few days on the slopes. I’ve skied at the Abetone resort in the Apennines and combined it with a visit to Florence, so a two-centre ‘city & ski’ holiday is entirely feasible.

5. Countries that may surprise you: Après in Argentina

We all know that the Alpine countries of France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy are popular destinations for UK skiers and snowboarders, and the research found that they also contain the resorts that offer the best value skiing for your money. However, it also uncovered some countries that you may not immediately associate with a skiing holiday, but which can offer surprisingly cost-effective skiing such as Iceland, Slovenia and Argentina, so it’s sometimes worth thinking outside the box to escape the crowds.

Speaking about the Tesco Travel Money research, former Olympic skier and Ski Sunday presenter, Graham Bell said

"British skiers tend to flock to the same resorts each year, however there are some real gems out there for you to uncover. When booking a skiing or snowboarding holiday it’s important to not only factor in the cost of things like flights and accommodation, but also additional expenses such as the cost of your lift pass and how much skiing you actually get for the price of your lift pass."

Allan Burns, Head of Tesco Travel Money, said:

"We recognise that skiing and snowboarding holidays can be expensive, with the majority of UK skiers and snowboarders telling us that they spend up to £2,499 per person on their ski trip each year. Our research aims to provide customers with a unique insight to show where they can get the best value skiing on the slopes this season."

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Notes to Editors

*Ski resort research undertaken by Why Research on behalf of Tesco Travel Money. The research is based on the cost of a 6 day lift pass in 1,942 ski resorts worldwide and the kilometres of piste available in each resort, between 18th September and 13thOctober 2015, to calculate the cost to ski per kilometre in GBP. Currency calculations were based on exchange rates from www.xe.com on 7th October 2015. The research only includes resorts where there is sufficient data available. It does not take into account the cost of travel, accommodation, resort facilities and other expenses incurred on a skiing holiday other than the cost of a lift pass.

**This only includes countries where there was sufficient ski resort data. The cost of skiing per km for each resort around the world was used to calculate a country average. This does not take into account the cost of travel, accommodation, resort facilities and other expenses incurred on a skiing holiday other than the cost of a lift pass.

Survey of UK skiers and snowboarders undertaken by Atomik Research on behalf of Tesco Travel Money. Data generated between 16th and 19th October (1,009 responses).

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