Here at Custom Breaks we appreciate that skiing and snowboarding are expensive hobbies, and factors such as the price of a lift pass are an important consideration when choosing a resort. We often have guests “commenting” on the price of their lift passes and we usually reply with “compared to other ski resorts it’s actually quite cheap”. I had heard somebody else say this once but this year we have decided to find out exactly how true this is.
We have researched and compared several of the larger European ski domains taking into consideration the size of the area, the number of lifts and the number of pistes. This is what we found:
Les Portes du Soleil including Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets & Chatel
650km piste, 286 runs, 210 lifts, 9 parks
The Three Valleys including Meribel, Couchevel & Val Thorens
600km piste, 300 runs, 183 lifts, 7 parks
Chamonix All Areas
400km piste, 262 runs, 100 lifts, 2 parks
Espace Killy including Val d’Isere & Tignes
300km piste, 154 runs, 90 lifts, 2 parks
Paradiski including La Plagne, Peisey-Vallandry & Les Arcs
425km piste, 253 runs, 160 lifts, 4 parks
The 4 Valleys, Switzerland including Verbier & Nendaz
412km piste, 90 runs, 92 lifts, 1 park,
Well, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that out of all of the areas we researched the Portes du Soleil lift pass is not only the cheapest but also offers the largest ski area, the most lifts and the greatest number of parks! Although these are not the only factors to consider when choosing a ski holiday we think it is a good start!!