FROM MILLIONAIRE MOGULS TO BLING BLACK RUNS.
THE PRICIEST PLACES TO HIT THE SLOPES THIS WINTER
Skiing with the rich and famous will cost you an average of €1,988.91 – before paying for first class flights and luxury accommodation
Bling on a budget: Cortina in Italy will make the smallest dent in your wallet at €1,374.15 – that’s almost 54% cheaper than a similar break in Aspen in the US (€2,970.94)
Canadian and American ski breaks most expensive of the Top 10 most glamorous resorts – and that’s before factoring in flight costs
Following the royal slalom is cheaper than other luxury Swiss resorts: Kate and Will’s favourite Klosters is nearly €500 cheaper than St Moritz
Hitting the slopes with the celebs this season will set you back on average €1,988.91 for a week’s skiing – and that’s before taking into account the return flights and glitzy hotels, according to research from travel money specialists, No.1 Currency,
No.1 Currency compared the cost of a basket of ski essentials across ten of the world’s most exclusive and glamorous ski resorts. The basket included: Ski boots hire for six days, private ski lessons for five days, ski pass for 6 days, as well as the cost of a cup of coffee, bottle of beer, bottle of wine and a meal for two on the slopes.
A trip to Cortina in Italy will make the smallest dent in your wallet at € 1,374.15. That’s around €500 cheaper than the average cost of a ski trip to one of the ‘glamour’ resorts, and €1,596.79 less than the most expensive destination (Aspen). With short haul flights of just a few hours, Cortina allows you to brush shoulders with the likes of Sting and George Clooney, for a fairly reasonable price. Those new to skiing should head to Courcheval, where five day’s of private tuition will cost you €879.30 – less than half the price of the same lessons in Whistler and Aspen.
Surprisingly, if you’re heading to Switzerland for snow-capped splendour, you will pay around €500 less for a break in Will and Kate’s favourite resort of Klosters than the equally lavish Zermatt or St Moritz. Heading to the French Alps, Courchevel, a haunt of the Beckham’s, is well over early € 600 (€627.81) cheaper than a break in Megeve.
For those not afraid to splash some serious cash skiing some of the world’s most exclusive resorts, should head over the Pond for some of the best powder skiing on offer. A week’s break on the slopes of Aspen in the USA, or Whistler in Canada will set you back €2,970.94 and €2,530.46 respectively. Both resorts are home to the most expensive lift passes, while Aspen tops the charts for the priciest ski boot hire. However, once you’re on these gold-plated slopes, a quick lunch for two will set you back less than €23 – some of the cheapest in our top ten.
The table below shows the cost of a basket of holiday essentials in some of the World’s most exclusive ski resorts this winter:
Simon Phillips, Head of Retail for No.1 Currency, comments:
“Skiing the glamour resorts is inevitably going to hit you in the wallet. 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. But for those looking for the best value luxury ski experience, it’s best to stick to Europe rather than heading Stateside this season.
Remember, it’s well worth ordering and collecting your currency before you leave to enjoy the most favourable exchange rates, and that also means no worries about tracking down cash points while you’re out having fun with friends and family on the slopes.”
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