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Norway and Switzerland have priciest ski passes: study

Meritxell Mir · 23 Dec 2011, 10:25

Published: 23 Dec 2011 10:35 GMT+01:00
Updated: 23 Dec 2011 10:25 GMT+01:00

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One-day ski passes in Norway and Switzerland can be up to three times as expensive as in other European countries, a new study has shown.

The average daily rate for a ski pass in Norway and Switzerland is 51 francs ($54) and 47 francs ($50), respectively. In third place is Italy, with an average price of 46 francs, putting it above fourth-placed Sweden.

For the study, German online travel service ab-in-den-urlaub.de looked at ski pass prices at 488 resorts in Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Sweden. Other criteria, such as the length of skiing tracks, altitude or the number of ski lifts were not taken into account.

The least expensive locations for skiing are the Czech Republic (20 francs, $21), Slovakia (25 francs, $27) and Germany (26 francs, $28).

However, the average figures can be somewhat misleading, since in countries like Austria, for example, prices range from “very expensive” to “advantageous.” In Switzerland, almost all ski resorts charge high prices, the study shows.

The average price for daily ski passes in the eight surveyed countries is 41 francs ($44). The most expensive location is Norway's Hemsedal with a price of 59 francs ($64).

The most wallet-friendly passes are to be found in the Swabian Alps, in southern Germany, and Erzgebirge Krusne hory, in the Czech Republic. Both cost 17 francs per day ($18).

In Switzerland, the priciest ski resorts are in Graubünden and the Valais. The cheapest passes can be snapped up in the Fribourg and the Mittelland regions.  

For weekly prices, Switzerland tops the list, with a ski pass costing an average of 280 francs ($300). Here, Norway falls to fourth place with average prices of 241 francs ($258), behind Italy (260 francs, $278) and Austria (249 francs, $266).

Meritxell Mir (news@thelocal.ch)

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2011-12-23 20:24:04 by randy
you don't know what high pricing is, whistler mountain in British Columbia is $96.00 per day for a ski pass and our dollar is almost par with the u.s.
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