Bulgarian resort tops ski survey

Britons seeking bargain ski trips will not have to break the bank if they visit Bansko in Bulgaria, according to a cost-comparison survey by TripAdvisor.

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Bansko in Bulgaria was found to offer the best value of 41 ski destinations in a cost-comparison survey by TripAdvisor

Britons seeking bargain ski trips will not have to break the bank if they visit Bansko in Bulgaria, according to a cost-comparison survey by TripAdvisor.

The eastern European resort was found to offer the best value of 41 ski destinations based on typical one-day-visit ski costs plus food and drink.

The costs amounted to just £104 at Bansko while a similar day on the slopes at Courchevel in France - the most-expensive destination - was as much as £432.

Other bargain resorts included Sochi in Russia (where the one-day costs were £137), Ordino Arcalis in Andorra (£138) and Arinsal in Andorra (£141).

In contrast costs were as high as £428 in St Moritz in Switzerland and £404 in Meribel in France.

The ninth least-expensive resort was the Cairngorms in Scotland where a one-day trip would set visitors back £173.

The survey covered the cost of one night's hotel accommodation, one day's ski pass, one day's basic ski hire, a meal and a bottle of beer for the ski season from December 15 2013 to April 15 2014.

TripAdvisor spokesman James Kay said: "Eastern European destinations and Andorra offer the best value and, for those wanting to stay closer to home, it's great to see a Scottish ski resort among the 10 least-expensive destinations."