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Prices are unfortunately going up in ski resorts, but they are still better than last season. NEW

£1 now buys you €1.29.

In December it was worth more as we reported when the Post Office published its report into prices with the help of Crystal SKI.

Since then the UK pound has fallen in value by over 10% against the euro and by 9% against the Swiss franc. 

Skiers can still expect to find prices lower than a year ago in two-thirds of the 20 European resorts surveyed, they could pay as much as £66 more per person for ski essentials, meals and drinks on a one week trip than two months ago (Zermatt).

The figures come in an updated report from the post office.

"The trick for skiers will be to do their homework and not only research snow levels but also check resort prices for ski equipment, lift passes, tuition and living costs," said Andrew Brown from Post Office Travel Money.

"There has been significant snowfall in Switzerland but prices are higher than in French resorts, where ski conditions are also improving.  Our research found that prices are over 50 per cent higher in some top Swiss resorts than in French ones," he added.

Resort research conducted by Post Office Travel Money and Crystal Ski shows that in France the cost of skiing together with meals and drinks comes to £504 in Courchevel.

While skiers can expect to pay £273 more for the same items in the Swiss resort of Zermatt (£765) - 54% extra.

In Val d'Isère, France the ski costs add up to £513 but in Wengen, Switzerland, they will cost £654 - 27%  more. 

However here at PlanetSKI we believe it is not all about cost and Switzerland offers a unique product. 

See here for our recent  report from Adelboden.  And another from Engelberg.

At the budget end of the market, snow has fallen in Bansko and the Bulgarian resort remains the cheapest option for bargain-hunters. 

At £260, ski costs are 40% cheaper than in La Thuile (£432), one of the few Italian resorts to have seen reasonable levels of snowfall to date. 

That though has now changed with good snowfall last week in many Italian resorts - see here for our latest full snow report.

This season's biggest price fall has been in Kitzbühel (£513). 

Despite the recent fall in sterling value, prices are down 5% year-on-year and piste conditions are described as good with more snow forecast in the Austrian resort.    

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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