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This winter holiday season, ski enthusiasts from around the world will flock to the French Alps for the greatest ski event of the year – the 66th annual edition of the World Cup. Every four years, between early November and late December, the largest ski event in the world sees competitors from across Europe and North America battling it out on the slopes of Freeride World Tour race venue Brengle. And what is the World Cup if not the pinnacle of the winter sport?

With its combination of freeride skiing, snowboarding and ski-in/ski-out accommodations, the World Cup is a dream for any skier. However, the cost of attending the event can put a serious dent in your wallet. Here’s how much the entire 2018 World Cup will set you back.

Accommodation

Accommodation during the World Cup is undoubtedly one of the major costs associated with attending the event. As well as the tournament itself, you will have to budget for ski passes, transport to and from the venue, food, drink and other incidentals.

It is impossible to know exactly how much you will need to spend on accommodation. However, in 2014, the entire Swiss ski industry spent a collective total of CHF 4.76 million on accommodation alone for the 2014 World Cup. That’s not including transportation, food and drink, or shopping expenses either.

One way of saving money on hotel rooms is by staying close to the venue. This year, you can enjoy the luxury of a five-star hotel with the lowest rate possible by booking a stay at the Novotel Belfort during the World Cup. Located just 300 meters from the start/finish line of the Men’s Downhill, you will be within walking distance of all the action. With the lift ticket costing just CHF 25 for an adult and the village only four kilometers away, it’s a steal.

Ticketing

The cost of attending the World Cup doesn’t stop at accommodation. You will also need to budget for the cost of entering and exiting the venue. In 2013, the entire Swiss ski industry spent a total of CHF 1.8 million on these costs alone for the 2013 World Cup.

If you aren’t a professional athlete, you can get a 50% discount on your match ticket. However, you will have to pay attention to the rules and regulations of the sport you are attending. For example, if you are going to the Women’s Slopestyle, you will need a female partner to get the discount. The same goes for the Parallel Slalom, where you will need a racing partner.

Buying tickets in advance will save you money in two ways. First, you will avoid the rush that inevitably pushes back the start of the competitions. Second, you will avoid paying the cost of admissions on the day of the event. In the 2019 World Cup, you can save a total of €30 by buying your ticket in advance. For beginners, this is a good idea as you will have enough time to practice and get ready for the big day.

Transportation

To get to the venue, you will need to budget for the cost of getting to the airport and the ride to the hotel. In 2014, the entire Swiss ski industry spent a total of about CHF 640,000 on these costs alone for the 2014 World Cup.

If you are driving yourself, you can expect to pay about CHF 80 per hour, including insurance and tolls. You can also expect to spend about CHF 250 on gas per day, plus some money for parking. Public transportation is available in many resorts, and in the 2019 season, a new, dedicated bus service will run between the airport and the hotel. However, if you are looking for a luxury ride, you can hire a helicopter to take you to the airport and back for about CHF 12,000.

Food

After the long day of competition, you will need to budget for food. The cost of eating out in a nice restaurant can be as much as you would expect – about CHF 40 per person per day. However, you can get a great deal by taking advantage of the hospitality of the local hotels and restaurants in the nearby vicinity of the venue. Some of the best restaurants in the French Alps serve World Cup special menus that are available during the event. You can also cook your own meals, and there are many bakeries and cafés in the nearby villages. In 2014, the entire Swiss ski industry spent a total of about CHF 720,000 on food and drink alone for the 2014 World Cup.

If you are looking for a hot beverage to warm you up on a cold day, you can get a massive discount at the local cafés. For example, a cappuccino will set you back just CHF 1.50, a hot chocolate will cost you just CHF 2, and an espresso will be served for free.

Drinks

Last but not least, we have drinks. If you are a beer lover or simply enjoy a good drink, you can get a 24-pack of Stella Artois for just CHF 36. Even better, enter the promotional code “BeerBertie” at the checkout and get 10% off your order. For those seeking something stronger, you can get a bottle of Dom Pérignon champagne for just CHF 200. And if you are looking for something a little different, get a bottle of absinthe for just CHF 50.

In summary, the entire 2018 World Cup will set you back a whopping total of about CHF 1,235,000. If you consider the cost of the transport, the food, the drinks and the admission price, it is not difficult to see why this year’s edition is expected to break the bank.

But what is all this money for? Is it really worth it?

The cost of attending the 2019 World Cup is likely to be higher than ever before. In 2018, the entire Swiss ski industry spent a collective total of CHF 4.9 million on hotel rooms, ticketing, transportation, food and drink for the 2018 World Cup. If you add the cost of attending the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, to the equation, the total cost for the two-week event will reach about CHF 7.5 million. (1)

Of course, the value for money cannot be put simply in monetary terms. You have to take into consideration all the perks that make the World Cup so attractive – the amazing apres-ski life, the luxury hotels with top-notch services, the talented ski instructors who are ready to teach you the tricks of the trade, and most importantly, the experience of a lifetime.

Overall, the cost of attending the World Cup is rising every year, and it is only a matter of time before it reaches a point where it becomes unfeasible for the average person. What is your take on the cost of the World Cup and the value for money? Do the figures speak for themselves? Or is there another side to the story? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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