21 January 2018 from Danielle in 'Equipment', Ski areas'' | 0 Comments

Skiing at Kitzbühel

Skiing at Kitzbühel

Every skier or snowboarder knows that moment: you've finally arrived at the ticket window, fresh-faced and eager to start your ski day... and your heart plunges when you see the price of the lift pass. If you’re going to offer up an arm, a leg and your first-born child for the sake of a day of skiing, then you want it to be worth your while! By comparing the kilometres of pistes you’ll have access to with your ski pass, you can make sure you get the best deal for you and your family. It goes without saying that larger ski areas usually offer better value than individual ski resorts. Even so, you might be surprised at some of the results on this list...

Lift pass prices per kilometre at a glance

Mammoth linked ski areas such as Les Portes du Soleil offer amazing value at just €0.09 per kilometre, while, as may be expected, more exclusive ski resorts like St. Moritz cost a staggering €0.56 per kilometre. It all depends what you're looking for in a ski resort.

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Table: Ski pass prices per kilometres of pistes

The following table shows the price per kilometre of skiing in the most popular ski resorts in the Alps. Prices are based on one-day lift tickets purchased during the 2017/2018 high season.

Ski resort 1-day lift pass in € Kilometres of pistes Price per km in €
Les Portes du Soleil
52
600
0.09
Les Trois Vallées
61
600
0.10
Paradiski
60
425
0.14
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental
44
284
0.16
Ski Arlberg
53
305
0.17
Zermatt
67.35
362
0.19
Tignes-Val d'Isère
57
300
0.19
Saalbach-Hinterglemm
53
270
0.20
Ischgl-Samnaun
49
238
0.21
Alpe d'Huez
52.50
250
0.21
Les Deux Alpes
50
229
0.22
Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis
51
214
0.24
Davos-Klosters
62.25
251
0.25
Val Gardena
43
175
0.25
Ski Zillertal 3000
52
203
0.26
Arosa - Lenzerheide
63.94
225
0.28
Montafon
52.50
175
0.30
Kitzbühel & Kirchberg
55
179
0.31
Sölden-Hochsölden-Vent
53
144
0.37
Stubaital
47
109
0.43
Chamonix
63.50
145
0.44
Obertauern
45.50
100
0.46
Engadin St. Moritz
67.35
120
0.56

Prices are for reference only; please confirm with ski resort before purchasing

Lift pass prices: What to consider when choosing your ski resort

On the whole, ski pass prices have increased this season, although you can still find good bang for your buck if you do your research. Bear in mind that although this list gives a fair indication of value for money, you should choose a ski resort that matches your individual needs. Multi-day ski passes often offer significant discounts off the day rate, which might come in handy considering you'll probably be staying more than one day. Beginner and leisure skiers should also seriously ask themselves whether they'll be taking full advantage of all 600km of pistes at the bigger French ski resorts - if this isn't the case, you might want to opt for a smaller resort where the overall price of a lift tickets is cheaper, even if there isn't as much terrain.

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Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!

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