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UK skiers ‘will enjoy lower prices than last season in many European resorts’

Post Office Money – which carried out the survey – called on tourists to do their research before booking.

Falling local prices and a rise in sterling means UK skiers will pay less than last season in many European resorts, according to new research.

Prices are down in 15 out of 20 resorts surveyed, Post Office Travel Money said.

Although the value of the pound against the euro has dropped 5.1% in the past six months, it is up 1.5% compared with this time last year.

The overall cost of equipment hire, lift passes, ski schools, meals and drinks is lowest in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

A small beer will set UK holidaymakers back an average of just £1.80 in the resort, with lunch on the slopes typically costing only £6.76.

Bardonecchia in Italy is the second cheapest ski destination in the report, ahead of Bansko, Bulgaria; Morzine, France and Sestriere, Italy.

Popular resorts such as Zermatt, Switzerland; St Anton, Austria and Val d’Isere, France are more than 40% more expensive than Kranjska Gora.

Andrew Brown, of Post Office Travel Money, said: “With increasing pressure on the pocket, resort costs will be a key factor in determining where to ski this year.

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A study found Sestriere in Italy to be one of the cheapest ski destinations in Europe (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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

“This makes Kranjska Gora a great bet for a bargain ski break – but there’s a great choice of low-cost Italian resorts and price falls in France are greater than in other destinations.

“The clear message is to do your homework before booking this year’s ski trip.”

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