The costs of skiing seem to increase every year. One cost that almost never goes down is the cost of a daily or weekly ski lift pass.
Ski Resorts Network takes a look at the most expensive lift passes in each of the main European countries:
Most expensive lift pass in Austria
The most expensive daily ski pass in Austria is €58. That’s the cost of a day ticket to the Kitzbüheler Alpen ski area above Kitzbühel in the Austrian province of the Tyrol.
The most expensive six-day lift pass is in the popular resort of Ischgl, where a six-day adult pass in high season will cost €307,50.
Most expensive lift pass in France
When it comes to lift passes in France, it is really no surprise that what is arguably the top ski area has the top prices. The Espace Killy of Val d’Isère and Tignes clocks in at €61 for a day pass and €304 for a full six days.
Most expensive lift pass in Switzerland
NB. Switzerland comes with a big asterisk as some ski resorts are moving towards ‘dynamic pricing’ (the price varies with demand). So, for example, a day ticket in a resort such as Zermatt can vary from 79CHF to 87CHF depending on the season and the number of passes already sold on any given day (with reductions for early online booking and guests staying in Zermatt).
Currently, however, the apparent price leader is the Flims-Laax-Falera ski area with a published day pass price of CHF 89 and a six-day ski pass price of CHF 420. (Reduced prices are available if the resort app is downloaded and passes bought through the app.)
Most expensive lift pass in Italy
The ski areas around the Dolomites have tended to have the more expensive ski passes in Italy. However, it is one of the smaller (but very scenic) ski areas in the Dolomiti region that tops the list. For some reason, the Seiseralm ski ticket can only be bought combined with the Val Gardena ticket which includes better-known resorts such as Selva and Santa Cristina. This results in a daily lift pass price of €57 and a six-day high season adult ski pass price of €290.
Mind you, Europeans have little to complain about when it comes to ski pass prices if they cast their eyes across the Atlantic. In Vail last winter a day ticket bought at the lift pass office window cost $209 in high season.
Even going through Epic (a multi-resort ski ticket organisation aimed mainly at season ticket purchases), the new Epic day pass, introduced new this year and only available in pre-season, will cost $106 for a single day…