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Norway has Europe’s priciest ski passes: study

One-day ski passes in Norway and Switzerland can be up to three times as expensive as in other European countries, a new study has shown.

Norway has Europe's priciest ski passes: study
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The average daily rate for a ski pass in Norway and Switzerland is 324 kroner ($54) and 297 kroner ($50), respectively. In third place comes Italy, with an average price of 292 kroner, putting it above fourth-placed Sweden.

For the study, German online travel service ab-in-den-urlaub.delooked at ski pass prices at 488 resorts in Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Sweden. Other criteria, such as the length of skiing tracks, altitude or the number of ski lifts were not taken into account.

The least expensive locations for skiing are the Czech Republic (125 kroner, $21), Slovakia (161 kroner, $27) and Germany (167 kroner, $28).

However, the average figures can be somewhat misleading, since in countries like Austria, for example, prices range from “very expensive” to “advantageous.” In Switzerland, by contrast, almost all ski resorts charge high prices, the study shows.

The average price for daily ski passes in the eight surveyed countries is 262 kroner ($44). The most expensive location is Norway's Hemsedal with a price of 380 kroner ($64).

The most wallet-friendly passes are to be found in the Swabian Alps, in southern Germany, and Erzgebirge Krusne hory, in the Czech Republic. Both cost 107 kroner per day ($18).

For weekly prices, Switzerland tops the list, with a ski pass costing an average of 1,785 kroner ($300). Here, Norway falls to fourth place with average prices of 1,535 kroner ($258), behind Italy (1,654 kroner, $278) and Austria (1,583 kroner, $266).

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WEATHER

Norway hit by early snowfall as up to 20 traffic accidents reported

The first snow of the year in parts of southern and eastern Norway on Monday night and early Tuesday resulted in up to 20 traffic accidents in the region, according to police.

Norway hit by early snowfall as up to 20 traffic accidents reported
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Police in Norway’s East District warned motorists not to drive without winter tyres due to the hazardous conditions.

In a tweet, police wrote that “several reports” had been received of accidents, particularly in the Romerike north east of Oslo.

As many as 20 accidents had been reported by 9:30 on Tuesday morning, police operation leader Atle Vesttorp told news wire NTB.

A number of these accidents involved cars sliding into central reservations, emergency lanes and lamp posts.

“In Romerike especially there is snow, and that’s where we’ve had the majority of accidents this morning,” Vesttorp said.

No serious injuries have been reported as a result of the road conditions.

But police encouraged drivers yet to change from summer to winter tyres to make the shift or, alternatively, leave their cars at home today.

It is mandatory for tyres with a tread depth of 3mm be used in Norway between November 1st and the Sunday after Easter Monday.

It is also the car owner's responsibility to make sure winter tyres are on the vehicle before winter conditions threaten a driver's safety.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about driving in Norway

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