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.
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!
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.
Saving you £667 vs a week skiing in Morzine, France.
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.
Saving you £679 vs 1 week skiing in Morzine, France.
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.
Saving you £700 compared to a week spent skiing in Morzine, France.
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.
Saving you £799 compared to a week spent skiing in Morzine, France.
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.
Saving you £846 compared to a week spent skiing in Morzine, France.
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. Here is a breakdown of an average weekly cost per one in each destination:
*All prices have been calculated in January 2020.