Skiing prices in Austria continue to increase, with the cost of a day pass in regions such as Kitzbuehel, Soelden or Ischgl eclipsing the 50-euro (54-dollar) mark for the first time this winter, according to the Austria Consumers Association (VKI).
Skiers in the Arlberg and Saalbach-Fieberbrunn regions will have to pay 51 euros. The average price for ski passes in Austria increased 3.6 per cent compared to last year, the VKI said.
One of the cheaper regions is Wenigzell in Styria at 19.90 euros per day, while skiers in Raggal in Vorarlberg will dish out just 21.50 euros to get up to the pistes.
Skiers are obliged to use the ropeways to reach the ski-fields because access roads are generally closed and high-altitude parking is banned. Each ropeway company grooms its own range of pistes.
The VKI said day-pass prices have jumped 41 per cent since 2004. The ropeway industry says the increases have been necessary after annual investments in the millions of euros.