Generally skiing holidays can be quite expensive; especially by the time you’ve hired your ski equipment, bought your lift pass and arranged your flights/ accommodation. We’ve made it easy for you with our top budget destinations to ensure you get your skiing fix without breaking the bank.
Bulgaria has for some time been something of a bargain ski destination, and none more so than its oldest and biggest ski resort Borovets. Situated outside the eurozone means that Bulgarian prices are much cheaper than some of the more glamorous Alpine resorts. Borovets has seen a lot of money invested in to expanding the resort which is due to be completed by 2012, turning the resort into a completely modern ski area. So go now before it becomes too popular and too costly!
Brides is perfect location for those on a budget who want easy access to the superb Trois Vallées ski area without the price tag. The spa town, located just below Méribel has a much more relaxed feel than some of the resorts further up the mountain and was once the Olympic Village for the 1992 Savoie Winter Olympics. Brides is linked by high speed gondola (25-minute trip) to Méribel, opening up the full range of snow guaranteed skiing in the Three Valleys. Accommodation is considerably better value than the higher altitude resorts.
Zakopane has long been considered the favourite winter mountain resort in poland, but has in recent years started to attract visitors from further afield. Its world-class ski slopes, and great value accommodation, means that it is rapidly becoming a favourite among everyone from beginner to expert. The resort is an excellent place to learn to ski, with tuition a fraction of the cost of some western European countries. Zakopane is just over 65 miles away from Krakow airport, making it easily accessible with flights offered by most of the low cost airlines.
The resort of Schladming lies just an hour away from Salzburg and therefore becomes a realistic prospect for both the weekend or week-long skier. Cars can be hired at the airport, while for the more prudent, there is also a bus service or train service directly to the resort. The resort lies in the Dachstein Mountain region, and has seven ski areas – much of which is for the intermediate and advanced skier – and can easily be reached in one of the free local buses that run in the main season. There is a good selection of reasonably priced accommodation in and around the town.
Keep your costs to a minimum by remaining on these shores with a ski trip closer to home. Aviemore in the Cairngorm National Park provides variable opportunities for skiing, but you’ll need to keep a watch on weather conditions as they can be indifferent. When conditions are good, the 30 available slopes can provide excellent skiing opportunities, generally for beginners and intermediates, at almost any time between early December through to mid-May.
Content sourced from Yahoo Travel Dec 09
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* Premium £11.82 includes Insurance Premium Tax, Personal Possessions cover and Wintersports cover. Based on a ‘standard’ single trip 24/7 travel insurance policy for one adult aged under 55 travelling to Europe for 3 days. Policy purchased within 14 days of departure date. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (December 2009) and are subject to change.