The snow will be falling soon and the winter months bring out our love for the ski slopes. When planning for that winter getaway to the perfect ski destination, it might do good to put Bansko, Bulgaria, on the list. Bansko is located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains and boasts a choice of almost 100 hotels; this included Bulgaria’s second best-rated accommodations according to the 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Hotels. Furthermore, it offers guests the Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena, 400 holiday rentals, 70 restaurants and over 20 attractions. This time around it’s the TripAdvisor TripIndex Ski 2014 results that will be telling us where our plans should take us this winter, according to an annual report that compares the cost of a ski break in 42 key ski destinations in Europe.
TripIndex Best Value European Ski Destinations (all costs are for a family of four for a week)
#1 Bansko, Bulgaria
Bansko, Bulgaria has been found to be the best value destination when it comes to skiing and winter fun. However, with four destinations on the best value list, Andorra appears to be the best value country for skiing. Bulgaria has no other destinations on the board this year. Ski lessons cost the least in Formigal, Spain, while a ski pass is least expensive in Berchtesgaden, Germany. Concerning food and drink, Andorra destinations find themselves with the best value overall. Sochi, the home of the last Winter Olympics, falls third on the list, with a grand total cost of £2,205 in estimation spent by a family of four during the week spent in the region. The Russian city is definitely an interesting option to take up, particularly since you will be able to ski the path of the Olympians.
TripIndex Most Expensive European Ski Destination (all costs are for a family of four for a week)
#1 St Anton, Austria
When it comes to the most expensive destinations you can visit, St. Anton in Austria tops the list with a whopping £5,026, over three times the cost of a trip to Bansko, Bulgaria. Austria has two destinations in the top 10 most expensive, France has three and Switzerland holds four. Italy, on the other hand, only has one on the list. France does have the least expensive ski hires and lessons within this list, though Austria has got the least expensive ski passes. Foods vary region by region, though Switzerland is most definitely the most expensive.