With the days of powdery white snow and blue skies not far away, our minds are already wandering to the ski slope.
Although ski breaks used to be seen as an expensive winter break, there is plenty of fun to be had if you’re a ski bunny on a budget.
Here’s a round-up of our top five bargain ski resorts, meaning you can hit the slopes without even breaking a sweat.
The tiny Pyrenean country of Andorra is nestled in the border of Spain and France, making it the perfect destination to strap on those skis. But, unlike its sister countries, the cost of living in Andorra can be breathtakingly cheap and cheerful. So if you don’t want to put a dent in your wallet, but still want to enjoy your break, then Andorra is the ski destination for you.
When you think of skiing breaks, Scotland may not be top of your list, but it’s actually one of the best places to ski on a budget in the UK. Brilliant for a last minute break, the Nevis, Cairngorm and Glenshee ranges offer a great array of pistes and Scotland has an excellent selection of timeshare and fractional holiday properties, which puts it high on this list.
Not just cheap, the Bulgarian ski resorts of Bankso, Borovets and Pamporovo are also relatively quiet, making them the ideal destination for those who are new to skiing. Pick up a bargain with some of the fantastically cheap ski passes on offer, then kick back and relax in one of the affordable, yet spacious, ski chalets available to rent.
The unspoiled, picturesque slopes of Slovenia make it hard to believe that ski resorts are often so uncrowded here. The wide pistes and modern facilities make it the ideal starting point for beginners, while the breathtaking views are a must-see for any nature lover.
Although Switzerland isn’t renowned for being the cheapest of destinations, there are some bargains to be had here when it comes to skiing. The smaller resorts offer fantastic value for money, and your money will stretch much further than you might imagine.