For the first time in its ten-year history, research for the Post Office Travel Money Family Ski Resort Report has revealed that Kranjska Gora is now the cheapest of 16 ski resorts across Europe – overtaking long-time leader Bansko.

The Slovenian resort was one of six surveyed where prices in the local currencies have slid downhill to reduce the impact of sterling’s fall in value on families planning ski holidays this winter.

Featuring European resorts recommended as most suitable for family skiing by Crystal Ski Holidays, who conducted the research in partnership with the Post Office, the report compared the cost of six days’ ski and boot hire, lift passes and ski school, together with a sample price for lunch on the slopes and a range of drinks for two adults and two children.

At a total cost of £1,071 for the basket of goods, Kranjska Gora was the cheapest resort surveyed.

Local euro-based prices have fallen 5% since last season – in part due to discount offers on equipment hire. This means the weaker pound will have less of an impact than in many other resorts surveyed, where half of those surveyed saw year-on-year rises exceeding 25%.

The low cost of family ski tuition was a key factor in helping Kranjska Gora to overtake Bansko. Its £340 price tag for six sessions was almost £200 lower than in the Bulgarian resort (£530). As a result, while Bansko has remained lowest-priced of the 16 ski resorts for ski/boot hire and lift passes, its barometer basket costs £1,151 – 7.5 per cent more than Kranjska Gora.

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money, said: “One of the most important considerations for parents planning ski holidays is likely to be the cost of tuition – particularly for their children. We have been tracking low prices for ski school in Kranjska Gora for some years and in today’s cash-conscious environment the resort is looking unbeatable value.

“But it does depend on what costs you need to factor in for your ski trip and families will be well-advised to do their homework to establish the price that covers all their planned activities before booking. When you have to budget for three, four or more people, the price differences between resorts can really add up and swapping to a cheaper one could save hundreds of pounds.”

For more details on the findings see postoffice.co.uk/familyskiing

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