As the 2013 ski season draws to a close, Champoluc in the Italian Alps remains a great alternative to pricey French resorts when booking your winter sports getaway for the next season.
With many household budgets under strain, and French resorts among the more expensive options for skiing enthusiasts, Italy has been making more and more headlines as a way to get great conditions on-piste, with competitive prices off-piste.
If you love the excitement of winter sports, but you’re not a fan of the cold weather, Champoluc’s mountain restaurants can keep you well supplied with hot drinks, at prices you might not expect to find in an Alpine ski resort.
A hot chocolate with cream can cost as little as €2.70 – that’s about £2.30 at current exchange rates – while other hot and cold drinks are often even cheaper. You can buy a caffe latte for €2.50, a cappuccino for €1.50, an Americano for €1.20 and, if you want some cold refreshment, a bottle of sparkling water for €1.50.
These are all real prices from Champoluc’s mountain restaurants this season, and Italian Alps ski resorts’ consistent pricing in years gone by suggests that they’re unlikely to rise by much for 2014. In terms of hot food, you again have plenty of options, even if you’re on a tight budget.
A classic British favourite, you can get a portion of chips for as little as €3.00, while €5.00 will buy you a filled panino, a hot dog or a cheeseburger. For €8.00 you can get an Italian take on another British classic, fish and chips, while €5.00 will get you a tasty dessert in the form of a crepe with fruit and cream.
While the prices may be more competitive than you’d find in many parts of the French Alps, skiing in Champoluc does not mean having to compromise by making the move to Italy for your 2014 winter sports holiday. The Italian Alps remains a great ski destination.