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Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlands, 2014/03/14 - The ski portal, SnowPlaza, released the Germknödel Index that examines ski holiday expenses for the 2013/2014 season - SnowPlaza.co.uk.
The method used was a price comparison of a typical Austrian dish, the Germknödel, in the highest and most popular restaurants in 20 of the most popular ski resorts in Austria. The Germknödel, a yeast dumpling with vanilla sauce, is one of the skier’s favourite dishes when on ski holidays in Austria. Findings revealed the most expensive ski resort to be Lech am Arlberg and the best value for money resorts in Wilder Kaiser Brixental.
The cost of meals, in general, are a good indicator of the budget needed for a ski holiday. The Germknödel is one of the most popular snacks/desserts on the Austrian slopes. The Germknödel is easily used as a comparison index between different resorts as the ingredients do not vary and therefore the end product neither. The index shows how much these yeast dumplings with vanilla sauce cost in the highest mountain restaurant of the 20 most popular ski resorts in Austria. Snowplaza found from this research that prices vary from €4.60 in Sölden (highest restaurant at 2,796 m of altitude) up to €10 in Lech am Arlberg (highest restaurant at 2,350 m of altitude) and that the average price for a Germknödel is €6.49.
The connection between Germknödel prices and ski pass prices was examined next. In Ischgl these yeast dumplings cost €7. This is considered to be in the upper price segment. However, the journey itself up to the highest restaurant proves to be more affordable with a 6-day ski pass costing €219. On the contrary, the situation in Sölden reveals that its highest restaurant is a better spot for lunch with the cheapest Germknödel costing €4.60. However, in order to benefit from this, skiers need to reach deeper into their pockets to get up to Sölden’s highest restaurant as a 6-day ski pass in Sölden costs €246 making it the most expensive in the analysis. The best value for money for both a tasty meal or snack and a ski pass is in the Wilder Kaiser - Brixental where the price of a Germknödel and a lift pass are both below average.
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