If you’re going skiing, you’re going to need a lift pass; it’s a no brainer but how do you know if you’re getting good value for money? Sure, Espace Killy is a pretty grand old ski area at 300km of piste but a pass for Val d’Isere and Tignes will set you back nearly £210 for 6 days. The Milky Way spans both France and Italy and has surely got to be one of the best value ski areas around with 400km of runs for just £170 in high season but are you getting enough piste for your pennies? If you’re the type of skier or boarder who wants value for money with your lift pass and you spend your ski trips eating up those kilometres, you’re going to want to know what to know about the best value lift passes around; you may just be a little surprised…
5 – The 3 valleys | Lift Pass £227 | 600km of piste | 38p per KM
It’s an enormous ski area of nearly 600km covering Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Bride les Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Orelle AND Val Thorens and at £227 for a 6 day pass in high season, whilst seemingly pricey, you’re getting a lot of downhill for your dollar in a world class ski area. Advanced skiers will get serious value for money taking on the steeps and chutes in VT whilst beginners and intermediates will love the abundance of cruising blues and sweeping red runs around this vast ski area.
4 – Portes du Soleil Pass | Lift Pass £196 | 650km of piste | 30p per KM
The three main resorts or Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets span a huge area covering both France and Switzerland with 650km or slopes to ski and snowboard. Enjoy croissants for breakfast in France before skiing into Switzerland for a traditional fondue lunch and at just 30p a kilometre for your lift pass, you may even be able to get an extra bottle of wine in with dinner!
3 – Zillertall Super Ski Pass | Lift Pass £185 | 649km of piste | 29p per KM
It’s not an a ski area that everyone will automatically think of simply because the ski areas aren’t all connected by lifts but this Austrian super pass covers all local resorts including Mayrhofen meaning you can experience a brand new ski area every day of your holiday for less than 30p a killometre. Plus, with your travel between resorts on a local bus service covered by your lift pass, The Zillertall Super Ski Pass is one of the best value lift passes around.
2 – The ‘Epic’ Pass | Lift Pass £433 | 2012km of piste | 22p per KM
It’s pretty self-explanatory but to clear it up for you, ‘The Epic Pass’ is, well, EPIC meaning you can ski 2012km of piste all on one piece of plastic. Ski Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt Brighton, Arapahoe basin in North America, Niseko in Japan or even Verbier in Switzerland or the 3 Valleys in France and it’ll only cost you 22p a KM. Surely the best value lift pass around..?
1 – Dolimiti Superski Pass | Lift Pass £216 | 1220km of piste | 18p per KM
It’s true. Italy is home to the best value ski pass on the planet. 4 times the size of Espace Killy and more kilometres of piste than every American resort on the Epic pass added together. This Italian giant offers heart-stopping scenery, exceptional eateries and superb skiing at a bargain price. Sometimes over-shadowed by more well-known resorts, The Dolomites ski area is gargantuan and at just 18p a km, it’s also the best value resort around.