4th November 2014
Aspen in the US is the world’s priciest ski resort as a week on the slopes will set you back £2,329 before flights and accommodation, a study by No. 1 Currency has found.
The foreign exchange agency discovered that a week at one of the world’s most exclusive resorts costs an average of £1,559 for a basket of ski purchases which included boot hire and a ski pass for six days, private ski lessons for five days, a cup of coffee, bottle of beer, bottle of wine and a meal for two on the slopes.
Whistler in Canada was the second costliest destination at £1,984, followed by Zermatt in Switzerland at £1,680.
Surprisingly, skiers heading to Switzerland will pay nearly £400 less for a break in Will and Kate’s favourite resort of Klosters than the equally lavish Zermatt or St Moritz.
In the French Alps, Courchevel, a haunt of Victoria and David Beckham’s, is nearly £500 cheaper than a break in Megeve.
Simon Phillips, head of retail at No.1 Currency, said: “Many people head to these resorts to be seen, not just for the skiing. It’s as much about the après ski as the quality of the off-piste.
“Holidaymakers heading to resorts in the Eurozone will also enjoy the benefits of a stronger pound compared to last year. Exchange £600 for spending money this year and you’ll get €762, compared to €700 last year. And ski nuts will enjoy similarly favourable exchange rates heading to Switzerland, with £600 getting you 920 CHF, up from 864 CHF this time last year. And as our research shows, that means a few more mulled wines for your money.”
The 10 priciest ski resorts:
1. Aspen, USA £2,329
2. Whistler, Canada, £1,984
3. Zermatt, Switzerland, £1,680
4. St Moritz, Switzerland, £1,670
5. Megeve, France, £1,643
6. Lech, Austria, £1,394
7. Zurs, Austria, £1,385
8. Klosters, Switzerland, £1,281
9.Courchevel, France, £1,151
10. Cortina, Italy, £1,007