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Bulgaria ‘offers best ski prices’

Bulgaria provides the best value for British skiers, according to a cost-comparison survey.

The Bulgarian ski resort of Bansko offered the least-expensive six-day winter sports holiday, Post Office Travel Money found.

The next best-value holiday among the 27 European and North American resorts surveyed was in Kranjska Gora in Slovenia, with Ellmau in Austria the next least-expensive.

Italian resorts, such as Livigno, also proved good value, while the US and Canadian resorts, including Vail in Colorado and Whistler in British Colombia, were among the most expensive.

The survey was based on the sort of costs associated with a one-person, six-day ski trip, including equipment and ski school costs plus one lunch with drinks.

On this basis, the package in Bansko cost just £265, while in Kranjska Gora it was £325 and in Ellmau it was £357.

In contrast, the package was as much as £728 in Tahoe in western USA; £736 in Vail; £773 in Whistler; and £818 in Tremblant, Canada.

The costliest European resort was Zermatt in Switzerland, at £726.

Prices were down 10% in Livigno in Italy (at £362), with the resort offering the lowest-priced ski school.

Overall, the Italian resorts proved better value for British skiers than the Swiss ones.

The survey also showed that comparing exchange rates in November 2012 with November 2011, Britons can get nearly 7% more Bulgarian levs, 5.6% more euro, nearly 4% more Swiss francs and 0.7% more US dollars.

The Canadian dollar, though, has strengthened, with Britons getting 1.3% fewer dollars now than last year.

Post Office Travel Money head Andrew Parker said: “The stronger pound is having a positive impact on ski resort prices in Europe this year.

“Prices are down in most resorts but the best savings to be struck are where the improved exchange rate combines with falling local prices.”

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