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Italy offers best value for ski holidays

November 27, 2012

LONDON, Nov 27 — People looking for a budget skiing holiday this season should head to Italy, according to a report to be published this week.

According to the data, prices in certain resorts in Italy have fallen by 10 per cent over last year.

Best value on the slopes — Italy.©shutterstock.comBest value on the slopes — Italy.©shutterstock.comThis is according to an annual report by the UK Post Office’s Travel-Money section.

Although the very cheapest ski holiday was in Bulgaria, three resorts in Italy made it into the top 10 “best value” list — Livigno, Sestriere and Cervinia — while two locations of Austria also came in for budget ski vacations.

Located in the Italian Alps, Livingo offers the lowest-price ski school with six half-day lessons priced at £75 (RM358). By comparison, a half-day ski school session can cost over £150 in the other resorts evaluated.

A week’s skiing in Italy can be booked for £361 to £440 (excluding flights).

The cheapest on the list is Bansko in Bulgaria, where for £264.52, skiers have use of a six-day ski pass, ski and boot hire and ski school.

The report covered 27 resorts in Europe and North America, evaluating criteria such as the cost of a six-day ski pass as well as the cost of ski school, ski and boot hire, and the cost of one day’s meals and drinks such as coffee, soda drinks, wine and beer on the slopes.

The report was based on prices supplied by Crystal Ski.

Only one ski resort in Italy featured in the “best value” top 10 list last year. Livigno last year came in fifth place following Bansko in Bulgaria, Arinsal in Andorra, Bohinj in Slovenia and Formigal in Spain.

Top ten “best value” ski resorts (prices include ski pass, ski school, ski and boot hire, meals and drinks)