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It’s Ski Time! – The Best Budget Ski Resorts

Taking a skiing or snowboarding holiday needn’t cost the earth – pick your destination wisely and you can have a low cost skiing holiday without breaking your budget or the bank. Here’s the Ultimate Ski‘s pick by Rebecca Miles of the ten best budget ski resorts for a cheap week  (with self-catering apartments or good value hotels, reasonably priced lift passes, etc.)

Before you start, do this quick QUIZ to fresh up your mind! You will find the answers in the text below, marked in red, along with further useful expressions marked in green. Enjoy!

  1. very cheap country = bargain bas……… country
  2. a large, open area = exp…………………..
  3. accommodation at good prices = good v……………………… accommodation
  4. apartment with cooking facilities = self-c………………… apartment
  5. it’s full with… = it’s s………….. with
  6. tp pay too much money = to pay ……… the nose
  7. to prevent = to de……
  8. when you are not skiing = off-p…….
  9. not planned = hap………….
  10. to have something to be proud of = to b…………..

Arinsal, Andorra


The original bargain basement country, Andorra has increased its prices since the heady days of the 80s and 90s, but if you’re a first-time skier/boarder or a keen freestyler Arinsal is still worth a look for its gentle nursery slopes and massive terrain park. A lively atmosphere reigns over the resort’s bars and discos. If you want more of an expanse to explore, stay in La Massana down the valley, more conveniently linked into the Vallnord network than Arinsal. Search accommodation in Arinsal and book online >

Bregenzerwald, Austria

The Bregenzerwald region in Vorarlberg, DH, has over 200km of skiing in Damüls-Mellau (89km), Au-Schoppernau (45km) and Warth-Schröcken (66km) which are linked by free buses and covered by a single lift pass. From December 2013 Warth-Schröcken ski area includes a new lift connection to Lech (one of Austria’s most celebrated expensive resorts), but prices are at the opposite end of the price spectrum to Lech. The Bregenzerwald offers snow sure skiing and good value accommodation in family-owned hotels and attracts mostly families and couples so don’t come here expecting the kind of vibrant après ski (night life after skiing) found in some Austrian resorts.Search accommodation in Bregenzerwald and book online >

Les Menuires, France

Les Menuires

Want to explore the Three Valleys without the 5-star price tag? The clever way to stay and ski Three Valleys 600km of slopes is to pick up a very reasonably priced self-catering apartment in Les Menuires, in the same valley as Val Thorens. It’s stuffed with them, and most boast slopeside convenience to the long blue and red runs that spread out above it. Les Menuires caters for all abilities from beginners’ nursery slopes in the village through to advanced and plenty of off-piste terrain for experts.Search accommodation in Les Menuires and book online >

Nendaz, Switzerland

Nendaz in the Valais region of Switzerland offers back-door budget access to the Four Valleys, home to the epic freeride terrain above Verbier. Book into one of the modern but traditional and plentiful apartments in Nendaz and you’ll be playing in the off-piste and itineraries above Tortin without having to pay through the nose for a Verbier chalet.Search accommodation in Nendaz and book online >

Avoriaz, France


France needn’t break the bank – head away from the top-flight resorts and the prices are more reasonable. Not quite Austrian reasonable, but some people will always be Francophiles and who are we to deter that? Teetering on the border with Switzerland and a central part of the massive Portes du Soleil (650km of pistes), Avoriaz is a compact traffic-free resort of jagged apartment blocks perched on angular cliffs. It’s beautiful, in a unique way. Search accommodation in Avoriaz and book online >

Sauze d’Oulx, Italy

One of the cheapest resorts in Italy and part of the 400km Via Lattea (Milky Way) network, Sauze has shaken off its loutish image to become a vibrant but civilised place, surrounded by extensive red and blue terrain that ultimately stretches across the border into France. Wooded slopes and wide open bowls above them make for endless intermediate challenges, while experts can seek theirs off-piste.Search accommodation in Sauze d’Oulx >

Soll, SkiWelt, Austria

Fancy a bit of the easy life? Head to Söll in the Austrian Tirol and spend the week cruising the reassuring runs of the SkiWelt area, a network of over 250km of satisfying pistes with 91 ski lifts and over 70 mountain restaurants and surrounded by nine ski villages. While the village of Sőll may be small, the après ski isn’t. You can make the most of the cheap beer and dance the night away to live music and be sure to check out Sőll famous Whisky Műhle disco, but there’s also a quieter side to Sőll which is also a popular place for families.Search accommodation Soll and book online >

Val di Fassa, Trentino, Italy

A haphazard but rewarding network of runs and resorts, two of Val di Fassa’s villages (Canazei and Campitello) link into the 430km-long Sella Ronda circuit that travels through the breathtaking Dolomites. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2009, the skiing is mainly on flattering reds. Campitello isn’t as well connected as Canazei, but it is cheaper and quieter, while the Val di Fassa’s smaller still resorts are a short drive away.Search accommodation in Val di Fassa and book online >

Killington, Vermont, USA


If you’ve exhausted the budget options in Europe, the next place to look is the East Coast of the United  States. Flying to Boston, USA (gateway for Vermont ski resorts) is cheaper and closer than Denver (for Colorado) and most visitors to Killington are day-trippers or weekenders, so resorts offer good packages for longer stays. Killington may not have the kilometres of the Colorado ski resorts, but it’s the largest ski resort in Vermont, with a good snow record and a series of six wooded peaks to explore.Search accommodation in Killington and book online >

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

No round up of budget ski destinations would be complete without a mention of Eastern Europe – land of the cheap and cheerful. Slovenia’s Kranjska Gora is a prime example and perfect for beginners and families wanting compact convenient slopes. While the resort may boast a World Cup slalom black run, this is not a destination for anyone wanting challenging terrain. Instead, you’ll find a pretty village and gentle tree-lined slopes.Search accommodation Kranska Gora and book online >

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