Skiers know all too well that the only downside to this wonderful hobby is the bottomless bank balance that’s required to fund it.
While some jammy people will already have flights booked for the New Year in Verbier and others are still being included in their family’s annual skiing holiday, for the majority of us, skiing holidays involve years of saving, often utilising seasonaire friends for their floor space or, if you’re lucky, a sofa if and when you get there.
But skiing in Meribel or Courchevel doesn’t have to be the preserve of the rich.
Check out these super cheap deals, dreams of shredding powder and dancing your ski socks off at après may be more in reach than you thought...
1) Borovets, Bulgaria
Crystal Ski is offering a pretty sweet deal at Hotel Samokov in Borovets, Bulgaria. Whether you’ll be up in time for the first lifts or partying the night away, the location of this hotel could not be more dreamy, situated in the lively town centre and only one minute’s walk from the main gondola. Not bad for £113.
This two-week stint means that you will be able to fully unwind and explore the hotel’s never-ending leisure facilities.
Have a post-ski dip in the indoor pool, or relax your weary muscles with a massage in the spa. And when you’re done relaxing, the hotel’s restaurant, bowling alley and nightclub mean that you don’t even have to wrap up warm for a night in the town.
Click here to snap up the deal before anyone else does!
2) Chamrousse, France
Fancy taking a big party of friends to the slopes? Snow Trex is your answer, with their amazing deal for up to 10 people in Hotel Le Domaine de L’Arselle, Chamrousse for an awesome price of £79, lift passes included. It doesn’t get much better than that.
These self-catered apartments will save you and your friends from embarrassing yourselves in front of the chalet girl and also give you the freedom of setting your own mealtimes and eating exactly what you want – tartiflette and crème brulee please!
This epic deal is available for the week of 9th April, with flights and transfers available from £166. Hit up this link for more deets.
3) Arinsal, Andorra
If your idea of a skiing holiday involves more chilling than partying, IGLU Ski have created a holiday that fits your requirement for relaxation, with a bit of skiing here and there.
Hotel Xalet Vendu in the picturesque resort of Arinsal, Andorra, has all of the ingredients needed to make sure that you return to work refreshed and invigorated.
This exclusivme offer is for the week commencing 3rd January for just £188 per person. Flights from Manchester to Lleida-Algvaine are included as well as transfers to and from the airport. More info available here.
4) Jahorina Mountain, Sarajevo
When thinking of places to ski, Bosnia and Herzegovina is not a country that normally springs to mind. Well, time to change that. This underestimated skiing spot flaunts some of the cheapest skiing holidays in Europe and Ski Arajevo are doing just that.
Enjoy a double whammy of five powder days in the hidden gem that is Jahorina Mountain, once home to the Winter Olympics, as well as a day and night to explore the ancient city of Sarajevo – very cultured!
This city break / skiing adventure rolled into one is available throughout the season for only £369, which includes all accommodation, lift passes and airport transfers. Not bad really! Book soon to get the best flights to Sarajevo starting at £239. More info required? Follow the link.
5) La Rosier/ Peisey
Somehow, there is a never-ending list of hidden extras when it comes to skiing – the airport transfers, the lift pass, the ski hire, I could go on…Thankfully however, Bura Snow have created an awesome package deal for £499, leaving no hidden nasty’s untouched.
Those who go ahead with this deal will be spoilt for choice between luxury chalets in the French resorts of Peisey or La Rosier. Did I mention that food and drink are included? And you can even pay in instalments. This holiday is so pain free that you probably won’t even notice the money coming out of your account. Probably.
And you don’t even have to book right away, with the offer being available until 16th April, although don’t wait for too long or some like-minded people may have beaten you to it. Flights are available to Geneva for as little as £93. If you don’t go then we will. Click here to find out more.
6) Meribel/ Courcheval
The priciest package on our list is still less than £800 and is offered to us by Powder White.
If you’re not already into the Christmas spirit then you soon will be after paying either Meribel or Courcheval a visit at this time of year. We don’t envy you for having to choose between these two - arguably two of the best ski resorts for nightlife in Europe, with a shared skiing area of 300 km, but whatever your decision, you are guaranteed to have a blast. Just don’t blame us if you’re absolutely wiped out over Christmas.
This sweet deal is available for the week commencing 19th December. That’s next week! Better get a move on then.
Flights to Geneva are still available for as little as £93. Don’t hang around though. Lift passes and ski hire is included – phew! Click here for more info.