Britons advised to go east for best-value winter sports holiday

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Bulgaria provides the best value for British skiers, according to a survey.

The ski resort of Bansko offered the least-expensive six-day winter sports holiday, Post Office Travel Money found.

The next best-value holiday among the 27 European and North American resorts surveyed was in Kranjska Gora in Slovenia, with Ellmau in Austria the next best.

Italian resorts, such as Livigno, also proved good value, while US and Canadian resorts, including Vail in Colorado and Whistler in British Colombia, were among the most expensive.

The survey was based on the sort of costs associated with a one-person, six-day ski trip, including equipment and ski school costs, plus lunch with drinks.

On this basis, the package in Bansko cost just £265, while in Kranjska Gora it was £325 and in Ellmau it was £357. In contrast, the package was £728 in Tahoe in the western US.

The costliest European resort was Zermatt in Switzerland, at £726.

Prices were down 10 per cent in Livigno in Italy (at £362), with the resort offering the lowest-priced ski school.

Overall, Italian resorts were better value for British skiers than the Swiss ones.

Comparing last month’s exchange rates with November 2011, the study showed Britons can get nearly 7 per cent more Bulgarian levs, 5.6 per cent more euros, nearly 4 per cent more Swiss francs and 0.7 per cent more US dollars.