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Winter sports is often seen as a costly holiday, with lift passes, resort transfers, lessons, and steeply-priced hotels all adding up. But there are ways of keeping the costs down, as we explore here.
A modern resort located in Sofia Province, some 50 miles north of the Greek border, Borovets is a popular choice for beginner skiers and offers plentiful nightlife, shopping and a range of accommodation. A six-day ski pass will cost around £110, in comparison to almost £200 for a Val D’Isere pass.
Recommended accommodation: The Hotel Lion is well-located option close to a shuttle bus to the main ski lift, offering free spa, steam room and relaxation pods, and is available through Crystal Ski. Prices start from £416 per person half board, including flights, transfers and taxes.
A truly beautiful resort set amid spectacular scenery, Bled caters for skiers of all standards, with nightlife featuring a variety of bars and reasonably-priced restaurants. A ski pass will set you back around £112 for six days.
Recommended accommodation: Hotel Jelovica is situated close to Bled’s castle and the stunning lake, which dominates Bled’s scenery. Prices start from £418 per person half board, including flights, transfers and taxes.
Le Corbier is a purpose-built resort that doesn’t score so high on beauty but ranks well for quality of skiing and value for money. It has a well-equipped base with a range of shopping and restaurants in a single indoor complex perfectly located right by the slopes, where 310 km of slopes await in the Les Sybelles area. A six-day ski pass is around £121.
Recommended accommodation: Clubhotel Le Mont Corbier
Catered by Rocketski’s UK staff, this chalet hotel enjoys an enviable location allowing for skiing right to the door, filling food and a friendly chalet atmosphere. Ideal for groups, there is a welcoming communal area, bar with reasonably priced drinks (around 5 euros for a pint) and pool table.
Widely regarded as the best winter sports resort in Romania, Poiana Brasov lies in the Carpathian Mountains close to the site of Count Dracula’s castle and is a cheap and cheerful option for those looking to save money on the snow this season. A lift pass costs around £16 per day.
Recommended accommodation: Pensiunea Casa Vinga
Spacious rooms and a great price at around £30 a night, this hotel is located very close to the ski lift and also next to the town’s best restaurants, although the food in the hotel is very good too and is based on traditional Romanian cuisine.
Located in the Tatra Mountains, Zakopane is a town in the south of Poland near the Slovakian border. For a winter sports resort, the £15 daily charge for a lift pass is difficult to beat. The town is 55 miles from J. Paul II Balice Intl Airport in the city of Krakow. Skiing is a little limited for experts but provides ample terrain for everyone else. And with beers widely available at around £1.50 and taxi rides often costing just a pound for every mile, this is one resort that won’t be too hard on the purse strings.
Recommended accommodation: Pensjonat Boruta
Situated in the centre of Zakopane, this pension option offers large and comfortable rooms, with delicious food and pleasant service.