Winter sports fans are always looking for cheap holidays at one of Europe’s many ski or snowboarding resorts, and this season there are some great bargains to be had, especially in eastern Europe.
Recently Skyscanner published a short list of recommended destinations for cheap holidays on the piste, which made a very strong argument that the resorts of the Alps are failing to provide sufficient value for money compared to their counterparts in Bulgaria, Slovakia and the former Yugoslavia. The company urged bargain-hunting British winter sports fans to book their breaks at resorts that “don’t require a new mortgage to ski”.
As well as the generally lower prices that make cheap holidays in eastern Europe such great value, these countries’ ski resorts have far cheaper prices for lift passes, hire of skiing gear and food than in France, Austria and Switzerland, as well as being more “off the beaten track” than the well-trodden Alpine resorts.
One of the cheapest of the eastern European ski centres is Jasna in Slovakia, which is well known to the savvy skier or snowboarder. The resort boasts 1,000m of vertical drop on its slopes and there’s even more investment on the way.
Bulgaria’s ski resorts have been another quiet success ever since the late 1980s, and the oldest of them is perhapas Borovets, which nestles among pines high above the Balkan Peninsula. With bang up to date facilities and great slopes for all ability levels, plus a lively local town, Borovets is a good choice.
Serbia boasts one of the most modern resorts in eastern Europe. The Kopaonik complex has 21 brand-new ski lifts to take visitors up to the top of its exciting steep runs, deep in the forest. For those times off-piste, there are country trails to explore and the rustic charm of Kopaonik village.
Though it might not be first of everyone’s list, Scotland has also received a recommendation – the resort of Glenshee in the Scottish Highlands.