Skiing at a low price: Six European resorts that won’t break the bank
As the weather turns colder, thousands of Europeans will be dusting off their ski gear.
But snow sports are not a cheap pastime.
Lift passes, equipment rental, transport, Classes – Slope vacation costs can quickly add up. And that’s before you even got to the après-ski bar.
Ski holidays are likely to be even more expensive this year as energy-guzzling resorts hike prices to cope with soaring electricity and gas prices.
However, it is possible to ski without breaking the bank. For six of the best value for money resorts in Europe, read on.
What are the cheapest ski resorts in Europe?
6. Visit the oldest ski resort in Bulgaria: Borovets
Borovets – the oldest ski resort in Bulgaria – is located 1,300 m above sea level in the Rila Mountains. Most runs are wide and open, so best suited for beginners and intermediates skiers. The resort is renowned for its lively après-ski with many popular pubs and bars to choose from after a long day on the mountain.
Average cost of a ski pass: BGN 75 (€37) for a day pass, BGN 370 (€182) for six days (prices 2021-2022; prices for this season have not been published).
After ski : a beer costs 5BGN (€2.50)
The nearest city: Sofia (49 km away)
5. For the best off-piste skiing: Vogel, Slovenia
Vogel overlooks beautiful Lake Bohinj in Triglav National Park, Slovenia There are just 16km of ski runs – but the treeless terrain means there’s plenty of off-piste to explore. Will altitudes up to 1800m, it is one of the highest resorts in the country and good snow is generally guaranteed until April.
Average cost of a ski pass: A day ski pass costs €35 (£30) and a six-day pass costs €153 (£129).
After ski : A beer costs €2.50
The nearest city: Ljubljana (85km)
4. Skiing in the Pyrenees: Grandvalira, Andorra
Sandwiched between Spain and France, Andorra is a small country – barely half the size of Berlin. Nevertheless, it has three ski resorts. With 210 km of slopes, Grandvalira is the largest, offering ground for skiers of all levels. The country has one of the lowest alcohol taxes in Western Europe, so your after-ski drink shouldn’t weigh too heavily on your savings.
Average cost of a ski pass: A daily ski pass costs €58 and a six-day pass costs €310.
Tracks: 210 km
After ski: A beer costs €2.00
Nearest town: You cannot fly directly to Andorra. The country is located 190 kilometers from Toulouse airport and 210 kilometers from Barcelona-El Prat airport.
3. Ski like an athlete: Jahorina, Bosnia
If you want to ski like an athlete, go to Jahorina in Bosnia. The station hosted the Women’s alpine competitions at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics. It closed in the 1990s as the region was wracked by conflict, but has steadily improved since the end of the war. Last season alone, three new ski lifts were built.
Average cost of a ski pass: A daily pass costs €36, a week pass costs €166
After ski : A beer costs €2.50
The nearest city: Sarajevo (53km)
2. Hit the slopes in Transylvania: Poiana Brasov, Romania
Poiana Brasov – Romania most popular ski resort – translates as “sunny glade”. In the heart of the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania, it is surrounded by thick coniferous forests and dizzying peaks. If you get tired of skiingcheck out nearby Bran Castle – the Gothic fortress that inspired Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’.
Average cost of a ski pass: A daily pass costs €30, a week pass costs €130
After ski : A beer costs €1.60 – €2.50
Nearest major city: Bucharest (136km)
1. For adrenaline seekers on a budget: Jasná, Slovakia
Jasna, the largest resort in Slovakia, has 50 km of cycle paths. But the real draw is its off-road routes that cut through the trees on either side of Chopok Mountain. Open bowls with intense colors, there is something for everyone adrenaline seeker. It’s slightly more expensive than the other stations on this list, but it’s preferred by the pros. The resort has even hosted qualifiers for Red Bull freeride competitions.
Average cost of a ski pass: A day pass costs €49 (€59 in high season), a 6-day pass costs €265 (€319 in high season)
Track: 50 kilometers
After ski : A beer costs €1.60 – €2.00
The nearest city: Poprad (68km)