It’s often assumed that ski holidays aren’t always the cheapest of winter getaways. By the time you’ve added on all the extras, including your equipment hire and lift pass, the price can soon rocket up. But similar to any other holiday, there are also some amazing deals and resorts out there which means your skiing holiday doesn’t have to break the bank.
We’ve picked out our top five most affordable ski resorts from countries all over the world, meaning you can find the best deal for you. Take a look at the slopes in Italy, Austria, Bulgaria or even France this winter.
❄️ Livigno, Italy
Despite taking a good three hours to reach the resort of Livigno from innsbruck, the long journey is definitely worth it for some amazingly low prices whilst in resort. Due to there being no VAT added, a lot of drinks and other consumer goods are cheaper than elsewhere in Europe.
There is also a vast range of slopes suitable for all abilities here (110 km to be exact) meaning you’ll have plenty to choose from. And it gets better…
Livigno has a vibrant apres ski scene with the highest number of bars of any skiing resort in the world. Spread out across the entire valley, it’s a good chance to explore the resort whilst popping in for a drink here and there.
❄️ Les Houches, France
Compared to it’s expensive neighbour Chamonix, the alternative Les Houches will certainly save you in this cheaper ski resort. Situated a little further down the valley Les Houches provides a range of ski runs. Plus you still have accessibility to the popular resort Chamonix (roughly 6km away!) without that high price.
❄️ Borovets, Bulgaria
Borovets is known for providing an excellent skiing experience which won’t break the bank. Here you’ll find great value hotels, ski schools and lift passes, plus it’s lively nightlife makes an exciting apre ski atmosphere – a pint can cost little more than a pound during happy hour.
This resort is a great place to learn for beginners learning to ski or snowboard with an excellent ski school.
❄️ Söll, Austria
As Austria’s second largest ski resort, the area has much to offer – including a lot of budget accommodation. Despite it’s location being a kilometre away from all the slopes, these can be easily accessed via bus. Over 90 lifts and 280km of pistes makes Söll ideal for confident skiers looking to cover some miles.
After retiring from the slopes head into the range of bars available, most offer live music and are great value for money.
❄️ Alpbach, Austria
Known as one of Austria’s top budget skiing resorts, Alpbach is also quite possibly the country’s most beautiful village. This traditional resort is great for beginners looking to find their ski legs with a range of slopes available thanks to the three gondolas near by.