With the credit crunch still affecting most of the population, many of us are looking for ways to save money where we can. With a number of cheap and cheerful ski resorts available, many skiers are considering opting for different resorts in a bid to hit the slopes without breaking the bank.
As with any skiing holiday, you need to find the resort that’s right for you. Families may prefer ski resorts with childcare facilities and child friendly skiing activities whilst groups of skiers may be more concerned with what’s on offer après ski.
Although it’s wise to research your location and resort before you book, there are cheap and cheerful ski resort options for all skiers, regardless of the type of holiday or skiing break you’re looking for.
France remains a popular choice with British skiers and Vars in the Southern French Alps has always seen its fair share of visitors. The fact that it’s part of one of the largest skiing areas in Southern France and is surrounded by other attractions means visitors can enjoy skiing as well as undertaking other activities. With three course meals available for around £10, it’s a popular choice for mixed ability groups and hardened skiers alike.
Those looking for varied terrain may want to consider Pila in the Aosta Valley, Italy. With breathtaking views of Monte Rosa and Mont Blanc, the scenery doesn’t leave you wanting. The resort used to host British ski tests so there’s lots of options for skiers of all abilities. Although Pila isn’t the cheapest resort available, with pizzas available from under a fiver and the town of Aosta just a 45 minute cable car ride away, there’s lots to see and do.
Those looking for a more traditional break often head to Bansko in Bulgaria. The traditional Bulgarian town features a decent ski centre with 65km of runs. The low food prices and old world charm mean it’s a popular choice for many on a budget.
Although it’s not very well known, the resort of Kranjska Gora in Slovenia is quickly gaining popularity, especially with British skiers. In the foothills of the Julian Alps, the village of Kranjska Gora is surrounded by mountains and located on the borders of Austria and Italy. Snow cannons have recently been installed and the resort regularly holds FIS World Cup races so it offers great skiing at great prices.
Whilst Andorra may not have been the primary choice for skiers in the past, many skiers looking for a cheap and cheerful ski resort are now heading to Pas de la Casa in Andorra. With an English speaking skiing school and BASI trained instructors, the resort caters for beginners as well as more experienced skiers and offers much in the way of après ski entertainment.
It’s evident, therefore, that there are lower cost options for all types of skiers and skiing holidays. For more ideas you can also visit www.goski.co.uk/resorts/index.htm
Rather than forego your usual holiday this year, why not consider opting for a budget friendly ski resort which not only caters for your needs but offers breathtaking views and quality slopes at a great price.