What would you list as one of the most important features of your ski or snowboarding trip? Great slopes, great accommodation, or perhaps value for money? If you agree with the last one, you are in luck. While there are hundreds, if not thousands, of ski resorts scattered across Europe, finding the best spot that offers value for money can be tricky.
Not anymore! We’ve scoured the web and found the top eight ski resorts for those of you who travel on a tight budget.
#1 Austria, Söll
The second largest ski area located in Austria have loads to offer the traveller on a budget. While the majority of lower cost resorts don’t offer the best in slopes or lift systems, you won’t get that at Söll. You can expect 284 km of intermediate pistes when staying at any of the thousands of hotels in the area.
#2 Switzerland, Val d’Anniviers
It’s no secret that Switzerland is the travel destination for any ski or snowboarding holiday. But it is also known for very high rates. Not when you go to Val d’Anniviers, though. In this valley you can expect prices that are up to 20% lower than anywhere else in Switzerland. It has loads to offer singles and families.
#3 France, Aussois
Situated in the Maurienne Valley, Aussois is the perfect destination for those who want to experience the magic of rural France while getting some ski time. With only 55 km of slopes you may find not challenging enough, but there are plenty of other resorts where you’ll be able to get more in the vicinity of Aussois.
#4 Andorra, Pas de la Casa
Probably one of the most underrated resorts, Pas de la Casa is situated on the French/Andorran border. Perhaps better known for wild parties, the slopes here are better suited for intermediate skiers who is looking for a challenge at an affordable rate. Your stay won’t cost you an arm and a leg, as Andorra has duty free status.
#5 France, Serre Chevalier
Serre Chevalier has an old world and relaxed charm and has something for everyone. While the name refers to a dozen villages in the area who share the same ski area. You can expect 250 km of intermediate slopes and 61 lifts. Perhaps not as ritzy as other resorts in France, but has everything you need at a fraction of the price.
#6 Italy, Livigno
Perhaps one of the most popular affordable ski resorts in the area, Livigno is best known for its accessibility. Reaching the resort can take you up to four hours, but it is well worth it. Your costs won’t be sky high and you’ll have access to some of the best slopes in the area that is ideal for beginners and intermediates.
#7 Austria, Alpbach
The ultimate destination for beginners, Alpbach is best known for its character. You’ll find three skiing schools in the area, all geared to get you skiing-fit in no-time. You’ll soon fall in love with the sport, and of course the little village. Apart from the atmosphere and experience, you’ll also love the fact that it’s affordable.
#8 Slovakia, Jasna
Last but not least, we have Jasna. If you are a beginner or intermediate, it would be best to go somewhere else as this area is known for its challenging slopes and pistes. If you are an extreme sport fanatic and know the ropes already, this is the place to be! 27% of the runs are grades as advanced. With low prices and exciting experiences, look no further than Jasna.
Where would you go on your next ski holiday? Remember that your experience will play a huge role in your choice, and that booking during off season times will also influence the price you pay.