Why have a barometer?
Ski Express, has been comparing ski holidays from top professional for the last 5 years. It allows Internet surfers to find ski holidays for the best prices by comparing apartment rentals, hotels, all inclusive holidays and ski equipment hire from over 30 well known retailers. The consumer looking for a winter sports holiday will be able to find the cheapest dates and destinations for their holiday from the widest range of ski holidays available.
This barometer, which compares over 200,000 offers and is updated regularly, continues the service that Ski Express (http://skiing.ski-express.com/)has been providing: to offer visitors a clear and thorough choice that allows them to compare offers objectively using specific criteria.
When to go skiing?
Understandably, the most attractive offers are during term time, however due to the unusual 2011 calendar professionals have been incited to offer a “low cost” week of 7days/6 nights on the 2nd of January 2011 at prices that defy usual trends: on average accommodation and ski lift pass will be 270€* which is about £238** per person during this period and, more importantly, 4 person apartments can be found from 112€/£99 (in Arvieux, Southern Alps).
However, on average the cheapest weeks will be: in January, on the 8th (258€/£227 for accommodation + ski lift pass based on 4 sharing) and in March, from the 26th (285€/£253 for accommodation + ski lift for 4 people). On these dates apartments can be found from 122€/£107 per week at Saint Colomban de Villards (Northern Alps) and 120€/£106 at Loudenvielle (Pyrenees).
During the school holidays it is best to go at Christmas (18th-26th December 2010) as there’s not only a deal of 9 days/8 nights being offered by most retailers, this period also has the best offers: 325€/£286 on average for accommodation with ski lift and 4 person apartments from 153€/£135 (La Toussuire, Northern Alps).
The best offers for the winter holidays (19th-26th February 2011) are in Evian, Northern Alps (340€/£299) for a 4 person apartment and in Gresse en Vercors, Northern Alps (224€/£197) accommodation + ski lift; Therefore it may be better to opt for the package as not only is it cheaper but it is also better located.
Finally, the cheapest overall price is in April, however as it is quite late in the season snow cannot be guaranteed yet; Valmorel has 4 person apartments from only 92€/£81 per person on the 23rd of April!
Where to go skiing?
Considering the importance of their offers, notably family destinations of low and medium altitudes, the Alps regularly offer the most attractive holidays. Thus areas In the Northern Alps like Gresse en Vercors, La Norma and St Colomban de Villards, or in the Southern Alps like Superdévoluy, Puy Saint Vincent and Orcières Merlette, regularly make the list of the cheapest Top Destinations.
However, on average, the Pyrenees is the region with the lowest average price of 394€/£346 for 4 person apartments. On the other hand the average price in the Northern Alps is more than 50% more expensive (604€/£531). These average prices are 404€/£355 in Vosges et Jura, 447€/£393 in Auvergne/le massif central and 454€/£399 in the Southern Alps.
In general, you will regularly find the cheapest apartments at La Norma in the Northern Alps, where prices start from 130€/£114 over several weeks. Gresse en Vercors frequently has the most competitive packages (accommodation + ski lift pass) from 138€/£121pp on the 15th of January 2011.
Here are the cheapest offers during school holidays:
Christmas (from the 18-26 of December 2010):
Cheapest apartment: 153€/£134 pp/pw for 4 people at La Toussuire
Cheapest package (accommodation and ski lift): 154€/£137 per person at Gresse en Vercors
New Year's (from the 26th of December 2010 to the 2nd of January 2011):
Cheapest apartment: 295€/£262 for 4 people at Chaillol
Cheapest package (accommodation and ski lift):171€/£152 per person Gresse en Vercors
Winter Holidays (from the 19th to the 26th of February)
Cheapest apartment: 340€/£299 at Evian
Cheapest package (accommodation and ski lift): 224€/£197 per person at Gresse en Vercors
Easter Holidays (from the 9th to the 26th of April)
Cheapest apartment: 135€/£118La Norma 09/04/2011 or 136€/£119 16/04/2011 at St Colomban de Villards
Cheapest package (accommodation and ski lift):119€/£105 Chamrousse 09/04/2011 or 146€/£128 16/04/2011 at Risoul
Every Tuesday the SKI EXPRESS barometer is updated with all the latest information on ski holidays at http://www.ski-express.com/barometre-ski
Karen Castelblanco- firstname.lastname@example.org
*All prices are per person per week(pp/pw) based on 4 sharing.
** Prices in £s are estimates based on exchange rate at time of writing.
-Prices were correct at time of publishing please visit http://skiing.ski-express.com/ for the latest offers.
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