Skiing, but at what price?
How to get around expensive ski passes?
After having invested in all the necessary ski equipment, you think you are ready to ski; only unfortunately there are still some a few more necessary expenses before you can put on your skis and hit the slopes. A recent survey, by the information portal Snowplaza, shows that this year ski passes will cost on average 2.7 % more than last year. This represents an increase of approximately €7.5 for a 6 day ski pass. This year the average price for a 6 day pass will be 254 €. The biggest increase in price is in Alpe d’Huez, with a rise of 4%.
Fortunately, Le Figaro and the rental agency Locasun has given us a ranking of the cheapest ski resorts. In order to do this they compared the average price per person for accommodation, ski passes and ski equipment rental for 6 days in the high season, compared to the number of kilometres of skiing in the resort. Serre Chevalier is the cheapest ski resort (2 € per km of track) followed closely by La Plagne (2.31 €) and Les 2 Alpes (2.31 €). On the other hand Avoriaz comes last, with an estimated price of 7.32 euros per kilometre.
French ski resorts still remain the most popular choice. The price increases are justified by improved infrastructure, which attracts more people, leading Val d’Isere to become the top French ski resort in 2014/15. With 45 ski lifts and 300 km of ski area of, the Savoyard resort has established itself as the preferred French resort.
I hope this article will give you all the information you need to ride with your mates this winter!