In the lead up to the upcoming ski season, it’s no wonder people all over the country are planning their next stint on the slopes, and while some may have booked a stay in one of the popular European resorts, chances are your money will go further if you choose a lesser-known destination. Whether you take advantage of online deals or not, some resorts that aren’t as well known on the tourist circuit will provide a better value skiing holiday, with these top notch resorts still flying below the radar and offering everything from lift passes to beer without the hefty price tag.
Despite the high standard of English speaking ski schools, superb selection of bars and restaurants and excellent quality, groomed pistes, Borovets skiing is still less popular than the more common, alpine alternatives. Nestled in the Rila Mountains, it’s a perfect place to learn to ski and a popular resort for beginners, intermediates and families.
Spain: Baqueira Beret
You wouldn’t automatically consider Spain for your skiing break and that’s why Baqueira Beret is an awesome resort to consider if you’re looking for great value, off the beaten track. If you like your skiing relaxed and uncrowded, this is the place to be. Nestled in the Pyrenees, the resort is a hidden diamond and with all competencies covered, a ski trip here would be a real treat.
Arinsal continues to provide excellent value for money compared with its French neighbour – not to mention the duty free opportunities too! Combine that with superb opportunities for beginners and intermediates and you can see why Arinsal is a great choice if you’re on a budget.
Wherever you choose, be sure to budget accordingly – not just for the equipment hire (best organised in advance) but also for the food and drinks you’ll need during your stay.