TripAdvisor recently launched a cost comparison of key ski destinations in Europe tracked against the British Pound.

The TripIndex Ski is based on the combined cost of one night's hotel accommodation, one day's ski pass, one day's basic ski hire, a local meal and a bottle of beer. 

TripIndex best value European ski destinations (total price of a one-day/night stay)

1. [R1995R, Bansko], Bulgaria (109)

2. Mt. Etna, Italy (£118)

3. [R2703R, Berchtesgaden], Germany (£150)

4. [R603R, Serre Chevalier], France (£154)

5. [R2024R, Pas de la Casa], Andorra (£154)

6. Bled, Slovenia (£154)

7. [R2602R, Oberstdorf], Germany (£167)

8. [R1548R, Ordina Arcalis], Andorra (£168)

9. [R2748R, Garmisch-Partenkirchen], Germany (£183)

10. [R2640R, Soldeu], Andorra (£184)

Affordability . . . Topping the list for affordability is Bulgaria's Bansko with a total TripIndex cost of just £108, while Italy's Mount Etna took second place with £117.73 and Germany's Berchtesgaden took third with £150.31.

Best value . . . Andorra and Germany lead the best-value list, with each country laying claim to three destinations in the top 10. 

Most expensive . . . Perhaps unsurprisingly, Swiss destinations are the costliest. The most expensive, [R242R, St. Moritz], has a combined cost of £405 - nearly four times that of Bansko, Bulgaria - and was closely followed by [R517R, Zermatt] and [R609R, Gstaad], both of which have total costs of almost £400. 

Most affordable alpine resort . . . While the Alps are often associated with expense and luxury, one Alpine ski destination is amongst Europe's most affordable: [R603R, Serre Chevalier] in France took fourth place, with a TripIndex total cost of £153.70. The next cheapest Alpine destination in the list is [R593R, Les Deux Alps], with a combined total cost of £189.64, making it the 12th best-value destination in the list.

Emma Shaw, spokesperson for TripIndex, says, "TripIndex Ski identifies great value can be found in Bulgaria, Andorra and Germany and others, while the traditionally expensive French and Swiss resorts have mostly remained so," commented Emma Shaw.  "While TripIndex Ski focusses on hotel costs, many travellers - particularly those in larger groups - may opt to stay in a chalet or holiday rental, which is another effective way of cutting costs on a ski holiday."