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Skiing on a budget: Cheaper alternatives to get your ski fix in 2020

By Zuzana Hajska | Marketing Officer at ICE

Whether you’re a skiing pro or an enthusiastic beginner, we can probably all agree this winter sport is far from budget - friendly. 

The good news is that there are plenty of alternative destinations to the pricey French and Swiss Alps where you can enjoy great value on flights, hotels and ski passes, as well as that all-important après ski beer. 

What is the typical cost of a skiing holiday for one person?

The breakdown of an average skiing holiday for 7 days per person in Morzine, France:

While a typical 7 - day skiing holiday in the popular French resort could set you back over £1,300*, we've priced up the top 5 destinations that could save you an average of £738. See you on the slopes!

Romania 

Often referred to as the ‘Romanian Alps’, Romania is a huge hidden gem when it comes to low-cost skiing. Poiana Brasov, a skiing resort that can be found in the Carpathian Mountains in the heart of Transylvania, is the most popular area. Thanks to its colder climate, the slopes are open from autumn to spring every year, making holiday planning even more budget-friendly if you decide to go off-season.

There are also several other activities you can do if you fancy a break from skiing, from a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh or going for a hike. And after a long day out spent in the snow, you can warm up with Romanian hearty specialities accompanied by a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate.

How much money will I need for a skiing holiday in Romania? 

Saving you £667 vs a week skiing in Morzine, France.

Slovenia 

A neighbour to Italy and Austria, Slovenia offers a brilliant skiing alternative filled with panoramic views and family-friendly prices. Best for beginners, Kranjska Gora has gentle slopes with well-maintained runs, making skiing ideal for the whole family to enjoy. Or if you dare, you can have a go at one of my slaloms as Slovenia has been notorious for its World Cup black run for over 50 years. 

Or if you are keen to try out something new that will still get your heart pumping and let you enjoy the beautiful scenery, you can go cross-country skiing on one of many Slovenian trails.

How much money will I need for a skiing holiday in Slovenia? 

Saving you £679 vs 1 week skiing in Morzine, France.

Slovakia 

Mountain peaks covered in snow, pine trees to compliment the stunning view, little to no crowds on the slopes…hello Slovakia! With many national parks and mountain ranges, the Slovakian skiing scene is not to be missed. Whether you are a beginner looking to sign up to a ski school or an avid skier who appreciates good powder, Jasna and Chopok are both great choices.

Want to go freeride skiing? Check. Enjoy an après-ski scene filled with local brews and delicious hot food? Check. Or try out something different and embrace a frosty evening on an illuminated slope? Check. You can do all this for a fraction of a price you would pay in the French or Swiss Alps.

How much money will I need for a skiing holiday in Slovakia? 

Saving you £700 compared to a week spent skiing in Morzine, France.

Bulgaria 

Bulgaria is becoming more and more popular with skiing lovers that value a good holiday bargain without sacrificing on great skiing conditions. If you’ve never skied before in your life, Bulgaria’s biggest skiing resort Bansko might be the one for you. Extremely beginner friendly, you can start slowly on miniature slopes before swiftly moving up to the reds.

Bansko is also known for its legendary bar scene, so make sure to save up some energy for evenings that can involve a lot more than just hot chocolate.

How much money will I need for a skiing holiday in Bulgaria? 

Saving you £799 compared to a week spent skiing in Morzine, France.

Poland 

You might have not thought about Poland as a skiing location before, but it's definitely one to be considered if your holiday is on a budget. Poland’s biggest and most recognised skiing resort Zakopane is hugely popular with beginners and intermediate skiers as its tree-lined slopes are family-friendly and offer spectacular views.

And if you are looking for some relaxation after a busy day on slopes, take a dip in steaming outdoor pools of Poland’s many geothermal baths.

How much money will I need for a skiing holiday in Poland? 

Saving you £846 compared to a week spent skiing in Morzine, France.

How much spending money should I take? 

It depends on which country you are travelling to for your skiing holiday and how much money you are willing to spend outside of the slopes.

Romania

Spending money for 2 per day (based on food, drinks & other small expenses): £35 - £50

Items in budget:

  • 3-course meal for 2 - £18 
  • Soup - £3.50
  • Beer - £1.40
  • Wine - £2.85
  • Hot chocolate - £2.50
  • Cappuccino - £1.80

Slovenia 

Spending money for 2 per day (based on food, drinks & other small expenses): £55 - £70

Items in budget:

  • 3-course meal for 2 - £29 
  • Lunch at an inexpensive restaurant for 1 - £7
  • Beer - £2
  • Wine - £3.60
  • Hot chocolate - £2
  • Cappuccino - £1.19

Slovakia 

Spending money for 2 per day (based on food, drinks & other small expenses): £50 - £65

Items in budget:

  • 3-course meal for 2 - £20
  • Soup - £4.25
  • Beer - £2.50
  • Wine - £3.80
  • Hot chocolate - £3
  • Cappuccino - £2.50

Bulgaria 

Spending money for 2 per day (based on food, drinks & other small expenses): £35 - £50

Items in budget:

  • 3-course meal for 2 - £14.50
  • Soup - £3.50
  • Beer - 87p
  • Wine - £3
  • Hot chocolate - £2.20
  • Cappuccino - £1.80

Poland 

Spending money for 2 per day (based on food, drinks & other small expenses): £40 - £55

Items in budget:

  • 3-course meal for 2 - £20 
  • Soup - £2
  • Beer - £1.40
  • Wine - £2.40
  • Hot chocolate - £3
  • Cappuccino - £1.70

Will Brexit make my skiing holiday more expensive? 

If you have booked your skiing holiday via a package holiday scheme, the cost will be fully protected by the Package Holiday Regulations. Meaning you do not need to worry regardless what happens with Brexit this year. 

Worried about what might happen to the exchange rate between the Pound and Euro after Brexit? Romania, Bulgaria and Poland are all great skiing destinations to visit as none of them are in the Eurozone and use their own currencies. 

It might also be a good idea to get some of your travel money now to avoid the Pound's any potential drops after the 31st January when Britain officially leaves the EU. Avoid buying your currency at the airport where the fees are much higher and instead order your travel money from the comfort of your home with our free home delivery

 

*All prices have been calculated in January 2020. 

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