The cost of a ski holiday is always lower as the season draws to a close in March and April, but this year there are added incentives to book an Easter ski trip. Not only has the recent heavy snowfall provided great ski conditions across Europe, but prices are up to 22 percent cheaper than last Easter thanks to the falling value of the euro against the powerful pound.
Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: “The euro is continuing to fall steadily against the pound and is now worth over 12 percent less than a year ago. With snow falling in the Alps as well, skiers can look forward to some of the best Easter skiing of the past decade as the runs are great for skiers of all standards and their travel cash will stretch much further.”
Since December when Post Office Travel Money published its annual Ski Resort Report, prices researched by Crystal Ski Holidays for ski equipment, lift passes, tuition, meals and a range of drinks have fallen, due to the weak euro, meaning skiers can look forward to shaving up to 22 percent off last season’s prices.
The biggest falls are in Courchevel where the barometer of ski costs for one person now totals £470 – a difference of more than £33 since December and around £130 year-on-year. Two other French resorts – Val d’Isère and Les Deux Alpes – have seen the next biggest falls of almost 16 percent.
Tamsin Todd, Crystal Ski Holidays managing director, said: "It is much cheaper to go skiing in the spring because late season means low season. What's more, it is also quieter. Skiing and snowboarding in late season means fewer people on the slopes, and less chance of lift queues."
“Perhaps the most attractive element of late season skiing is the weather. As spring approaches, it means longer daylight hours and longer lift opening times giving holidaymakers the chance to enjoy the BBQs and beer drinking that takes place on the sun terraces of slope-side cafes and bars.”