The Results are in: Europe’s Cheapest Family Ski Resort Revealed
Bansko, located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains in Bulgaria, was once the king of cheap family ski resorts, for 10 long years in fact. This year, research from the Post Office Travel Money Family Ski Resort Report and Crystal Ski revealed the new reigning resort – Slovenia’s Kranjska Gora.
With 18 ski slopes of varying technical difficulty, the ski lifts and runs cover Vitranc from Kranjska Gora to Planica, at altitudes from 800 to 1,215 metres. There’s a system of six chairlifts and 13 drag lifts and you can literally step out of your hotel onto the snow.
The pretty village centres around a square with a charming church and restaurants, shops, bars and spas to enjoy. Within a 10 minute walk, you’ll find Lake Jasna and a short drive will take you to cross-country skiing central in Ratece.
Kranjska Gora Town Centre credit: David Edgar / Commons Wikimedia / CC-BY-SA-3.0
Best of all, when compared with 15 other resorts for the cost of six days ski and boot hire, lift passes, ski school, lunch on the slopes and drinks for two adults and two children, the total cost came in at £1,071, beating Bansko’s total of £1,115.73
Here’s a look at all the contenders and overall costs:
1. Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: £1070.64
2. Bansko, Bulgaria: £1150.73
3. Livigno, Italy: £1196.58
4. Sestriere, Italy: £1288.42
5. Ellmau, Austria: £1326.65
6. Ruka, Finland: £1455.40
7. Soldeu, Andorra: £1503.33
8. Mayrhofen, Austria: £1509.31
9. Selva Val Gardena, Italy: £1549.69
10. Morzine, France: £1572.26
11. La Thuile, Italy: £1583.93
12. Serre Chevalier, France: £1735.64
13. Lex Deux Alpes, France: £1735.64
14. Kitzbuhel, Austria: £2015.53
15. Saas Fee, Switzerland: £2279.02
16. Wengen, Switzerland: £2398.35
Savings on Tuition Prices
Overriding factors in securing Kranjska Gora’s cheap family ski resort crown include the low cost of family ski tuition and ski school prices. In third place however, Italy’s popular Livigno is quickly catching up, with ski school prices approximately 25 per cent lower than in Bansko. Sestriere, also, saw local prices drop by 12 per cent, due to reductions in the cost of lift passes and tuition. For snow sports and falling local prices in Austria, head to Mayrhofen and Ellmau.
The Most Expensive Resorts
If you love to ski in France, the report found that UK travellers may pay up to 39 per cent more, compared with last year. However, it’s Switzerland that still takes the cake as the most expensive ski destination for families.
The bottom line is, though you may or may not have heard of Kranjska Gora, the picturesque ski resort appears to be a good bet for this year’s family ski holiday in stunning Slovenia.