Cheapest Places to Snowboard in 2011/12

Wondering where the cheapest place to go snowboarding this winter is for snowboarders in the UK? According to research by Post Office Travel Money, Bulgaria is the cheapest place to snowboard along with Andorra and Slovenia. Researched in conjunction with ski operator Crystal Ski, the report investigated the costs of lift passes, equipment hire and ski lessons together with meal and drinks prices in 10 mainstream resorts across Europe and North America.

Key findings include:

• Bulgaria (Bansko) is this winter’s bargain snowboarding destination, with total snowboarding costs 61% lower than in the USA (Killington)

• Andorra (Arinsal) is best value in the eurozone – with prices 28% less than in France (Serre Chevalier)

• Eurozone snowboarders will find a similar exchange rate to last year, but those heading to Switzerland will find their pounds don’t stretch as far as last season

Price breakdown by country and ski resort 

Costs are based on mid-season pricing and entry level snowboard and boots. Ski/snowboard school daily hours vary dramatically from two-five hours depending on the resort.
Canada ski school price is based on three (full) days as no five/six day ski school available.
Meal prices based on a typical mid-range pub/restaurant. All USA and Canada prices include sales tax and gratuity for meals.

To view the full ski report from the Post Office, click here  


  1. College students on the east coast: Stratton, Okemo, and Sunapee offer a combined season pass for $300.

  2. I've recently paid up for my January trip to Bansko- Bulgaria. I can confirm it's super cheap.

    Flights, transfers (from UK), 4* half board hotel, full equipment hire, lift pass, even 3 days of 2hrs tuition....

    £406 total. that's a lot of money saved for beer and new gear!

  3. Andorra-Grandvilla is a pretty big ski resort with 193km of pistes, 1km slope. It's pretty cheap too, for 5 days, hotel + 5 days forfait + insurance, 270€ - 390€. Transportation, depending where you're from, goes from about 50€ to about 200€. I wish I didn't live 1200km away from it :(

  4. Bankso - I haven't been snowboarding there before but I've heard very promising things about it. Hotel has 4 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor and the resort is newly established - up and coming so hasn't had time to decline. Shiny everything hopefully! I'll report back at the end of next month!

  5. Mt Seymour = $46 Full day till 10PM
    Grouse Mountain = $58 9AM - 10PM
    Cypress Mountain = $59 9AM - 10PM
    Mount Baker (Washington) = $51 US 9AM - 3:30PM
    Whistler/Blackcomb = $96 (ouch!) 8:30AM - 3PM (goes till 4PM later in the season)

  6. I have found that in regards to snowboarding in Southern California, the best resorts such as Mountain High, Mt. Baldy, Bear Mountain, Snow Summit and especially Snow Valley will offer special deals and discounts primarily after the holiday season. I myself love to snowboard, but strongly dislike paying $60 to $70 for a (full price) lift ticket. In fact, right now you can get 6 lift tickets good for any day this season including holidays at or if you tune in to local radio stations (or check out their websites) such as KCAL, or X103.9, you can get a promo code that will allow you to buy tickets on snow valley's website for as little as $10!