#FridayFive: Affordable Ski Resorts in Europe

From late November to mid April, the ski resorts come alive once again, and we’re here to give you our list of favourite places to hit the slopes. There are a wealth of ski resorts in Europe to choose from; here are just a few of the most affordable to visit.

 

1) Zakopane, Poland

Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned ski enthusiast, Zakopane is a great option for a ski holiday, with several small skiing areas and some more easygoing slopes. It’s an old mountain town, which in part dates to the 1800s. Full of character, there are rows of charming shops and traditional restaurants, showcasing the region’s folk music and cuisine.

A cable car to Mount Kasprowy is one of the most popular attractions for kids and adults alike, promising spectacular views over the town and the Tatra Mountains, which sit between Poland and Slovakia.

Our hotel recommendations:

Grand Hotel Stamary Wellness & Spa 

Skalny Hotel

 

2) Jasna, Slovakia

The resort is located in the Low Tatras Range and offers spectacular views, very similar to Austrian resorts.

This is the largest ski resort in Slovakia, with a high point of 2000m, and boasts the longest ski slopes in the country. There are nearly 50km of slopes with freeride zones, night skiing and tracks for kids. If you’re looking for low prices, the small village resort of Jasna offers quality riding, at prices that will undercut most resorts in western Europe.

Our hotel recommendations:

Chalets De Luxe

Grand Hotel Jasna

 

3) Borovets, Bulgaria

Borovets is situated in the Rila mountain range, notorious for being one of the cheapest ski resorts in Europe. Its winters are mild but with lots of snowfall, and the resort offers excellent opportunities for varied winter sports, like Alpine skiing, snowboarding and ski running.

Borovets also offers lessons for kids aged between four and eight years old, making it a great place for the whole family to learn how to ski.

Our hotel recommendations:

Rila Hotel

Euphoria Club Hotel And Spa

 

4) Mayrhofen, Austria

Mayrhofen should be on every skier’s wishlist. One of the most popular resorts in the Alps for Brits, the resort offers reliable snow throughout a long season and 134km of runs, mostly between 1650m and 2500m.

Mayrhofen has a very lively nightlife and après ski culture, where a variety of all night bars and nightclubs are busy almost every night. If it’s a party that you’re looking for, the resort also hosts the week-long music and winter sports mountain festival Snowbombing, which is the skiing equivalent to Glastonbury, attracting big-name artists from all over the world.

Our hotel recommendations:

Neuhaus Hotel

Eckartauerhof Hotel

 

5) Sestriere, Italy

Located on the border between France and Italy, the resort sits at the heart of one of Europe’s biggest ski areas, known as the Via Lattea (Milky Way). The resort has hosted the Ski World Cup and was one of the main venues for the Torino Winter Olympics.

To get the best skiing experience, visit during the week and get a Milky Way ski-pass which will give you access to all areas.

Our hotel recommendations:

Grand Hotel Sestriere 

Park Gran Bosco Hotel