Skiing on a budget?
Skiing has always been considered as an expensive holiday and pastime mainly pursued by the ‘middle class’ traveler or those fortunate enough to afford it. As once you have booked your trip, ski school, lift pass, equipment hire, winter sports travel insurance and bought all the kit to wear while you’re out there, you could probably have bought a small car!
However this is not always the case there are some incredibly cheap ski holidays to be had and some thorough shopping around can seriously pay off. Not all ski resorts will break the bank and there are some cheap skiing deals to be had:
FRANCE usually associated with mega money however there are some sneaky resorts that are pocket friendly.
Brides-Les-Bains: This is cheeky way to ski into the Trois Vallées, the largest ski area in the world (and considered the best by many), without paying silly money. Brides-Les-Bains is directly linked by a 25-minute gondola ride to Méribel. There is limited nightlife so if you’re after wild après ski it may not be suited to you. Prices can start from £199 for a whole week, if you can stomach travelling by coach.
Cauterets: A Pyrenees spa town with a 15 lift ski area boasting plenty of runs for beginners and intermediates, so perfect for a cheap family ski holiday. An apartment to suit four people, including travelling by ferry can cost from £248.
Puy St Vincent: This resort is favored by the French themselves and it’s not hard to see why. The resort has 16 lifts with a range of different runs and a good snow record, away from the ‘commercial’ resorts and prices! This family friendly ski resort can be enjoyed for as little as £650 for an apartment on the edge of the piste that sleeps up to six people and this includes ferry crossings.
Soldeu: A stones throw away from ‘Ibiza on Ice’ (Pas de la Casa) this is a personal favorite that offers some of the best skiing in the area. Not as ridiculously cheap as it once was with regards to food and drink but still surprisingly reasonable. With 58 lifts and a decent selection of après ski venues, this is worth a look, as is the local wine. If you don’t mind a bit of a squeeze when it comes to accommodation an apartment 300yards from the main Gondola can sleep 6 at prices staring from £215.
Bohinj: an overlooked gem of Eastern Europe, it has its own lake with separate ski areas surrounding above. There is easy access to Vogel, the largest and most sophisticated of the surrounding resorts as well as Kobla, the country’s oldest and ski area. Prices can start from around £300 (including flights) so well worth considering an Eastern European ski holiday.
High Tatras, This is a mere two hour flight from London to Poprad and is best suited for beginners and intermediates.
Low Tatras is suited for the more advanced skier and boasts the best freeride opportunities which can be found at Jasna.
A decent 3 star hotel in the Low Tatras area with a pool and onsite restaurant could set you back an surprising £350 including your lift pass.
Poiana Brasov, lively night life and a great resort for beginners. This is a area currently being developed to encourage more tourism with a new airport in process, a new road making accces from Bucharest easier as well as more lifts to expand the skiing area. There is an Ice Hotel which for a ‘novelty/tourist’ hotel is pretty reasonable so worth one night if you can afford it. I perfect destination for couples with quaint little restaurants and traditional gothic like buildings this place purely magical in the winter ski season as well as being a popular walking destination.
Remember for damage limitation to your bank balance whilst you are on your family ski trip, romantic ski break or skiing with friends to shop around for the best skiing deals and consider alternative ski destinations.
And most importantly so you can really make sure your pennies are protected at all time to get yourself some winter sports travel insurance to suit your arrangements.
Not all standard policies will cover skiing or snowbarding but if you visit www.holidaysafe.co.uk you can find Winter sports cover from as little as £4.81 for a single trip or annual multi-trip travel insurance including winter sports from as little as £26.19.
Please note, Holidaysafe's online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.