A recent survey comparing the cost of skiing across Europe has revealed it's actually more affordable this year compared to last, due to the falling value of the euro and the Swiss Franc.

The survey was carried out by the travel currency specialist Moneycorp. They compared the cost of essential purchases, including lift passes, skiing lessons, food and drink, equipment hire, and it came to the conclusion items were around 7 percent more affordable in France, Austria and Italy this year, while Switzerland offers nearly 15 percent more for your money.

However travelling to US ski resorts is more expensive for Britons this year, where Moneycorp says prices have risen by nearly 5 percent since last year.

This season, people may still be feeling cautious about taking a ski holidays due to the economic climate, but knowing your money will stretch further in the Alps this year maybe enough to boost many skiers back to the slopes.

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