Make Your Money Last A Little Longer!
Your average ski holiday in Europe is more expensive than your average European beach break, fact. What with lift passed, equipment hire, resort-transfers, overpriced food and perhaps ski and snowboard instruction, your already up into the hundreds of pounds before you’ve even added your flights and accommodation.
Of course, you can’t directly compare a ski holiday to a beach holiday. Lying on a beach is obviously going to cost less than a week of action packed adventure. But ski holidays don’t have to be that expensive. The trick is to get off the beaten track, or the beaten piste shall we say. Booking last minute holidays to those lesser-known resorts means you’ll be able to make the most of the snow as soon as it falls without paying top dollar for it.
Here are our three top picks for resorts to make your money stretch further. Thomas Cook offers last minute holidays to all of these destinations.
Borovets – Bulgaria
Bulgaria may be in the EU but it doesn’t use the Euro. Its national currency is the Lev and it goes a look further than Euros. Don’t believe us? Check out the currency conversion rate on xe.com. Unlike the large resorts in France, Switzerland and Austria, this sunny resort is generally un-crowded. It’s not as high, at 2,600 metres, but it is pretty with many of the pistes winding through pine forests. Snow fall can be a little patchy at the beginning and towards the end of the season, but with numerous snow making facilities on site, the pistes are groomed to perfection whatever the weather.
Åre – Sweden
Sweden, cheap? Yes, it does sound strange that a country known to be expensive should be included in a list of cheap last minute holiday destinations, but in comparison to much of France, Switzerland and Austria, it is a good value resort. The snow is usually fantastic and outside Swedish school holidays the resort is much quieter than those further south. There are plenty of places to eat packed-lunches too, with warm ‘stuga’ cottages boasting microwaves and kettles dotted across the resort. This means you don’t have to spend cash in the expensive mountain restaurants.
La Massana – Andorra
The quiet resort of La Massana in Andorra is often bypassed in favour bigger, brasher resorts like Arinsal and Soldeu and although it is smaller, the pistes are generally un-crowded so you can cover a lot of ground in one day. It’s a stunning resort, boasting spectacular 360° views of dozens of snow-covered peaks.