Skiing can cost an arm and a leg, so choosing the right resort is crucial. This year’s ski report from the post office on costs in the Alps, in collaboration with Crystal Ski, shows that if you want a cheap offer, you should go directly to Bulgaria, which leads the list when it comes to reasonable prices. .
In Borovets, costs have dropped by almost 7% since the last report, bringing total spending on ski passes, equipment rentals, ski schools and food and drink for a week to £ 427.17, already that the resort hopes to attract skiers to the slopes. .
Meanwhile, and perhaps surprisingly, Italian resorts also stand out, with four of the top ten best-value-for-money resorts in the Italian Alps. Here, we put together some tantalizing offers and provide an idea of what to expect at each destination.
The post office ski report has revealed the best value resorts in Europe, with Bulgaria at number 1 when it comes to reasonable prices.
Borovets is ideal for beginners and intermediates. Prices are always low, there are plenty of little bars and restaurants, and the setting is lovely amid forest-covered mountains. It is located at 1,300 meters, with slopes that reach 2,550 meters.
How to do it: Seven nights from £ 292 pp half board departing Gatwick on January 15th staying at the Victoria Hotel (balkanholidays.co.uk).
In the Pirin National Park, 160 kilometers from Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, Bansko has more slopes than Borovets. The slopes are accessed via a fast gondola, but you can ski all the way back to the station. Ideal for beginners and early intermediates.
How to do it: Seven nights from £ 399 pp B&B at St Ivan Rilski Spa Resort with flights to Gatwick on January 15 (crystalski.co.uk).
Italy at a reduced price
Bardonecchia in Italy is a well-managed complex with an indoor pool complex and an ice rink.
With cross-country skiing suitable mainly for intermediates (there is only one run for advanced skiers), Bardonecchia is a well-managed resort. It is busiest on weekends when people come for a couple of days from Turin. There is an indoor pool complex and an ice rink.
How to do it: Seven nights at the Hotel des Geneys from £ 749 per person in half board departing from Gatwick on January 22 (igluski.com).
Savings at Sauze
Expect pretty wooded drives back to the resort at Sauze d’Oulx in the Italian Alps.
There are also good après-ski bars and clubs, as well as a charming town center. This popular resort is located at an altitude of 1,509 meters.
How to do it: Seven nights at the Hotel Gran Baita from £ 631 pp half board departing from Manchester on December 19 (crystalski.co.uk).
Cheap in Sestriere
A panoramic view of the Sestriere ski resort in Italy, which was one of the first specially built ski resorts.
Sestriere in Italy it has slopes connected to Sauze. It was created in the 1930s by Giovanni Agnelli, the founder of Fiat, with slopes for all levels of skier.
How to do it: Seven nights at the Belvedere Hotel from £ 648 pp in half board departing from Edinburgh on 16 January (inghams.co.uk).
France for all
Morzine, in the French Alps, is connected via Avoriaz to the fantastic ski resort of Portes du Soleil. There is a wealth of territory to explore and challenging races for the experts.
How to do it: Seven nights from £ 888 per person in half board staying at the Hotel Club Le Cret on January 22nd with flights to Gatwick (sunweb.co.uk).
Tempting La Thuile
The snowy slopes of La Thuile, Italy, are one of the best options if you are fairly new to skiing and want to escape the crowds.
A great place for beginners and intermediates, La Thuile is located at 1,440m in Italy. There are some steep slopes for experts. It is a good place for those who enjoy quiet and open slopes.
How to do it: Enjoy seven nights from £ 1,150 pp B&B staying at Chalet Eden, with flights on January 8 (skiworld.co.uk).
The Soldeu resort is connected to the extensive Grandvalira ski resort within the Pyrenees. It is great for both intermediate and beginner skiers, with well-run ski schools. It may not be the prettiest station, but there is a great après ski with live music.
How to do it: Seven nights half board from £ 689 per person staying at the Soldeu-Maistre hotel with flights to Bristol on 16 January (inghams.co.uk).
Magical: Ruka in Finland is a true winter territory with its snow-covered trees.
Close to the Russian border and about 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Ruka in Finland has limited downhill ski slopes, and is not suitable for experts. But there are plenty of cross country trails, as well as a decent terrain park for snowboarders.
How to do it: Seven nights from £ 570 pp self-service with flights to Gatwick on 16 January (co-operativeski.co.uk).
Austria for less
Part of the large SkiWelt ski area, Ellmau is sometimes overlooked by those heading to Austria’s best-known resorts such as Kitzbuhel and St Anton.
However, it is a quiet place suitable for families and the slopes of Kitzbuhel can be reached using the connecting lifts. There are good mountain restaurants.
How to do it: Seven nights from £ 989 per person half board at the Hotel Garni Claudia with flights from Heathrow on January 22 (igluski.co.uk).