If you’re a ski bunny or snowboarder, you may be used to holidays that come with luxurious price tags. But if you don’t have the cash to flash, then you don’t need to miss out – there are still plenty of top ski resorts that can be enjoyed on a budget.
And for timeshare owners, shared ownership ski accommodation – especially fractionals – are becoming more popular, with a choice of sophisticated products to fit the family’s holiday style.
Here are our pick of five super ski destinations in Europe that won’t break the bank.
1) Les Carroz, France
Sharing the Grand Massif area with Samoëns, Morillon and Flaine (a few of France’s most popular ski resorts), this pretty, chalet-style village is one of the most relaxed skiing resorts you could ask for. There are plenty of good food and shops to browse, while you can also enjoy a balcony setting beneath wooded slopes. Les Carroz makes a fantastic base to explore the Grand Massif area and you can enjoy skiing in the woods, or head up to the high, open slopes of Flaine (reaching 2480m).
2) Les Deux-Alpes, France
Breaking the idea that high altitudes go with high prices, Les Deux-Alpes is definitely worth a visit. Spend your days at altitudes between 2300m (there’s even a glacier reaching 3400m) and marvel at the gleaming, white powdery slopes. This is a lively town and offers a range of affordable hotels, as well as a few catered chalets.
3) Ellmau, Austria
Austria’s biggest linked area of slopes is the SkiWelt, which is shared by Söll, Hopfgarten, Brixen and Ellmau. Each of these resorts offer relatively low prices, although the picturesque Ellmau is our favourite. Stay here to enjoy the traditional village ambience with easy access to slopes including the blacks at the top of Söll’s Hohe Salve (at 1830m, the high point of the area).
4) Cervinia, Italy
Linked to the eye-wateringly expensive and beautiful Zermatt, Cervinia is different in every way except altitude. While the village isn’t as pretty as some of the more pricey resorts, this village has plenty of fantastic cruising slopes. Plus, with a top height of 3480m, you can count on good snow.
5) Monterosa, Italy
Monte Rosa is a sweeping, glacial mountain, with its high point extending into Switzerland, near Zermatt. Monterosa is based on the mountain’s southern flanks and is every bit as big as the famous French Trois Vallées, although it doesn’t have the same variety of pistes. However, there are plenty of excellent intermediate pistes to enjoy here, while the resorts are pretty and very friendly.