From affordable ski resort accommodation and ski resort hotels to bargain lift pass prices and cheap drinks during the apres-ski , there are some ski resorts in the Europe offering ski holidays for bargain prices. You just need to know where to look.
We couldn't talk about cheap ski holidays without mentioning the skiing in Eastern Europe. If you’re with a group of beginners then it really is worth doing your homeworkbecause you could save hundreds!
Poiana Brasov Ski Resort Romania
Located in Romania, the Poiana Brasov ski resort offers 13 km of slopes and 10 lifts and will welcome you from early December to early April for an average price of 600 euros a week in high season for two people. short drive above the city of Brasov in the Carpathian mountains, about 120km north-west of the capital and arrival airport, Bucharest.
Poiana Brasov is purpose-built, but not designed for convenience: the hotels are scattered about a pretty, wooded plateau, served by regular buses and cheap taxis. The place has the air of a spacious holiday camp, but with serious-sized hotels - some right by the lifts. The slopes are extremely limited and consist of decent intermediate treelined runs of about 750m vertical. A key part of the resort's appeal is the friendly and effective teaching.
Koliasin Ski Resort Montenegro
Looking for the cheapest ski resorts in Europe? Head to Montenegro for budget deals and great snow.Just 10km east of the town of Kolašin in Montenegro, Kolasin 1450 is one of the cheapest ski resorts in Europe and the world.Topping out at 2,030m above sea level with 30km of runs, it might not have a huge length of runs but it gets some serious snow during the winter months.You can get a pint of beer for under £1.50 and lift passes for under €90 for a whole week. Now that’s what you call cheap.Accommodation: Hotel Čile have a special offer of €25 per person per night, including breakfast and dinner 6 day lift pass: €84
Niederau Ski Resort Austria
Less on the radar than the bigger Austrian resorts, Niderau’s kept prices nice and low. It’s a fabulous option for cheap family ski holidays, with recent years seeing free ski passes for under 16’s at the end of the season. And the freebies don’t end there, with free WiFi on the slopes and around the village For learners and improvers, ski schools tend to cost a lot less than you find in France - a good €100 or so last time we checked.
Alpbach Ski Resort Austria
You’d expect the officially ‘prettiest village in Austria’ to be riddled with posh restaurants and hotels by now, but it’s actually rather cheap to ski here. The costs for eating out are more high-street than high-mountain, with Gasthof Jakober and Pizzeria Messners dishing up Italian and Austrian favourites for around €10. Getting here needn’t break the bank either - being only an hour’s drive from Innsbruck keeps the taximeter down. If you’re opting to self-cater, it’s worth stopping off in the city after you and, where big supermarkets like Lidl tend to have smaller prices than in resort. When it comes to the ski area, the Ski Juwel totals a decent 145km slopes, with Alpbach hogging the highest altitudes on the Wiedersbergerhorn. Pass prices drop if you’re here at the beginning of the season, which is actually our favourite time of year – the Advent Market, exhibitions and workshops are a real treat in the build up to Christmas.
Bansko Ski Resort Bulgaria
Ipsos Mori recently crowned Bansko the cheapest resort for families – with holiday costs coming in less than half of what you’d pay in the top Swiss, French and Austrian resorts. Granted, the ski area’s not as vast as the big guns, but totalling 75km, the slopes cover all gradients and see the snowiest conditions in the country.And with the whole place being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the scenery’s up there with the best of them. This is the land of cheap luxury: 4 star apartments in spa complexes and 5 star hotels with every bell and whistle are a smidgeon of the price you’d find elsewhere. With the town being on the larger side, there are a number of supermarkets – Valan was the cheapest last time we checked – but with restaurants like these nothing’s stopping you from eating out all week. Natasha and Spencer at The London Pub do homely British mains for under €10 (don’t miss their full English) and being on the outskirts, they usually provide free transport back to the centre.
Zakopane Ski Resort Poland
Poland doesn’t have lots of mountains, but they make the most of it in Zakopane, nestled at the foot of the Tatras. This popular resort, around two hours south of Krakow is an appealing mix of chocolate box quaint, accessible ski slopes.Add low prices and Zakopane makes for a value for money ski break that is a good alternative to big budget spending of Val d’Isere even if there is no real ski in/ski out option and the mountains are not especially high. The fact is you’ll find snow, mountains and nightlife to rival plenty of other budget resorts.
The town of Zakopane serves as the gateway to the mountains, so visitors need a taxi or the use of a daily transfer service to access the ski stations.Bialka Tatrazanska is the most Alpine of Zakopane’s ski stations, with 16 kms of ski runs spread over a series of small valleys. To the experienced winter sports enthusiast that may not sound like much, but beginners or the undemanding intermediate will find the terrain extremely pleasant and forgiving. Wide runs and beautiful woodland scenery make for a pleasant skiing experience.
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Vogel Ski Resort Slovenia
One of the best, in terms of scenery and budget, is Slovenia. This tiny country, just half the size of Switzerland, has earned the nickname ‘Europe in Miniature’ such is the diversity of its stunning landscape. Vogel, one of the better-known ski resorts, is located in Triglav National Park above the tranquil Lake Bohinj. Peer into Slovenia’s largest natural lake and you’ll see glaciers and mountain peaks reflected in its aqua-blue waters. As for the skiing, it is situated within two bowls, and is better suited to beginners and intermediates. There is a decent black run complete with steep drops and tree-lined chutes down from the top of Sija, which at 1,800m is the resort’s highest peak, but confident skiers will conquer the majority of the terrain with ease.
There are a number of inns, chalets, and a hotel on the mountain to choose from, most of them cheap, cozy and with awesome views. The downside of this serene environment is
the lack of infrastructure and a lack of convenience; lifts are outdated and restaurant choices are limited. Nightlife is not happening either. However a friendly family-owned restaurant worth a visit is the Gostilna Gombac, its venison is renowned and the gnocchi to die for.
Cauterets Ski Resort France
Cauterets in France has one of the best snow records and longest seasons in the Pyrenees. Relatively unknown to Brits, it has gained a place in out cheap ski holidays list as it offers prices at a snip of those in the Alps.The pistes, located in the Lys area, are accessed via a 12-minute ride on the Telecabine du Lyse cable car. The skiing is best suited to beginners and intermediates and takes place in a high, open and treeless bowl. The cross-country skiing in the Pont d'Espagne area is particularly good and only 7km from the main base.
Cauterets is a lovely spa town so a tip would be to combine a couple of days’ skiing with a relaxing spa treatment. The Thermes Cesar, located in an historic Victorian building in the centre of town, offers a range of treatments to suit most budgets. Apres-ski is chilled out and tends to be followed by some local French fare served at any one of the excellent restaurants. For lunch on the mountain try either Le Pont d’Espagne or Reine Hortense Hostelerie. As for where to stay, self-catering is a good value option here as there are plenty of well-stocked supermarkets and shops at which to pick up all the necessities. If you’re looking to save a bit more cash there is hostel-type accommodation available; try the Gite Beau Soleil which is tucked away in the town's old quarter.
Champoluc Ski Resort Italy
Why? Unsung Italian charm, access to Alagna's revered backcountry, Matterhorn views, cheap. Neighboring Alagna and Gressoney-la-Trinite have been fixtures with the Euro freeride fraternity for some time, but cosy Champoluc is often overlooked. The westernmost valley of the Monterosa ski area -- with 180 kilometers of groomed runs -- is only an hour by road from Turin but offers an amiable backwater of Italy off the main Aosta Valley.
Champoluc's ideal-for-intermediates ski area links over to Gressoney and Alagna, where the experts go to ride the Indren lift up to 3,275 meters for extensive off-piste
runs on the southern flanks of the Monte Rosa massif, western Europe's second highest range.Champoluc's a quiet sort of place, ideal for making your own fun in the smattering of honest local joints. And it's cheap -- 1 euro ($1) for a coffee anyone?