If you want to enjoy sparkling white slopes, picturesque log cabins and world-class skiing, but without ski-high prices, here are ten budget snow destinations worth thinking about…
1. Söll, Austria
Based in the same skiing area as the world-renowned Kitzbuhel, Söll has plenty of glamour, but no attitude, so if you’re looking for a relaxed, friendly resort, this would be a good one to earmark.
2. Montgenèvre, France
Located on the French side of the Italy/France ski area is the modest, yet beautiful, destination of Montgenèvre. The resort is ideal for families, as well as beginners and intermediates.
3. La Tzoumaz, Switzerland
Verbier is one of the world’s most breathtaking ski resorts, yet it also happens to be one of the most expensive. For a cheaper option, head over the Savoleyres ridge – you can enjoy Verbier’s enviable ski area, while taking advantage of La Tzoumaz’s prices.
4. Avajan, French Pyrénées
For powdery snow, delicious food and pretty villages, the French Pyrénées make for the perfect budget ski break. To get there from the UK, EasyJet flies to Toulouse.
5. St Martin de Belleville, France
Set in the famous Three Valleys ski area, the St Martin resort is surprisingly affordable. British Airways flies to Chambery.
6. Hochfügen, Austria
When it comes to skiing in the Zillertal region, the obvious choice is Mayrhofen. But you can enjoy both the 671km of pistes and the impressive après-ski at a much cheaper price if you stay in Hochfügen. The resort has 38 lifts, plus a free bus to take you to other areas on a skiing pass. Get there on EasyJet which flies to Innsbruck.
7. Les Houches, France
For Alpine skiing at its most extreme, Chamonix is the best place to go. The Valley is home to a number of resorts, but if you want guaranteed open lifts, powder days and budget prices, then try Les Houches, at the bottom of the valley. British Airways (britishairways.com) flies to Geneva, the closest main airport.
8. Andermatt, Switzerland
The Swiss resort of Andermatt is within shouting distance of big-names Saas Fee, Zermatt and Verbier. But at £165 for a week’s pass, it is one of the cheapest Swiss resorts. Andermatt boasts a top lift soaring 2,963 metres, as well as north-facing slopes which stay powder-sure and untracked for days. EasyJet flies to Zurich.
9. Jay Peak, Vermont, USA
Jay Peak (jaypeakresort.com) has recently invested $200m to transform itself into a top-class US ski destination, with surprisingly low prices due to its distance from Boston. But if you fancy the journey, then Jay Peak is worth the effort – it is usually the snowiest resort on the East Coast.
10. Ogden, Utah, USA
Europeans will probably never have heard of Ogden but instead of making a beeline for Utah’s Park City ski resort, those on a budget should try it (visitogden.com). It is close to Salt Lake City airport, and within 20 minutes’ drive of your hotel you will find yourself in either Snowbasin, Wolf Creek or Powder Mountain – the latter boasts 700 acres of pristine snow and can cost as little as £11 a trip.
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