Cheap ski resorts Europe

Top ten cheapest ski resorts in Europe

Chamonix

Traditional mountain resort, varied, high altitude t...

Great for:

  • Groups
  • Off-piste
  • après ski

Beginner

Intermediate

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Flaine

All round resort , 265km well-groomed pistes, Ski in/...

Great for:

  • Families
  • Intermediates
  • Snow-sure

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Arinsal

Lively après ski, Varied ski area, Family friendly s...

Great for:

  • Mixed ability groups
  • Non skiers
  • First time skiers

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Bansko

Ski World Cup slopes, Traditional architecture, Bulga...

Great for:

  • Beginners
  • Night Skiing
  • Cheap ski holiday

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Alpe d'Huez

Glacier Skiing, Awesome Après Ski, 300 days of sunshine

Great for:

  • Nightlife
  • Off Piste
  • Terrain Parks

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Kitzbuhel

World's most difficult run, Romantic Austrian charm, ...

Great for:

  • Groups
  • après ski

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Pas de la Casa

Largest ski area in Andorra, Great place to learn, Va...

Great for:

  • Après Ski
  • Cheap
  • Tax free shopping

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Brides les Bains

Exceptional value, Traditional French village, Centra...

Great for:

  • Groups
  • Budget skiing

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Pamporovo

Europe’s sunniest resort, Quaint village, Fun and ch...

Great for:

  • Beginners
  • Non-skiers
  • Cheap holiday

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

Les Arcs

Paradiski Ski Area, Famille Plus Montagne label, High...

Great for:

  • Snowboarding
  • Off-piste
  • Families

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

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If you're looking for a cheap ski resort Europe has something for literally everyone. Historically we've had to fly 4 hours to eastern Europe for a cheap ski resort but now you can be in a cheap European ski resort in under 2 hours - minimising the cost of your ski holiday, yet still maximising your time on the slopes.

And in the world of cheap ski Europe is not necessarily a poorer experience in a cheap resort than you'll find in their more expensive neighbours - in fact many of Europe's cheapest ski resorts are also its best, because many European ski resorts are so big that they often include both exclusive and budget accommodation in different parts of the same mountain town.

If you want minimum compromise from your cheap skiing Europe is probably the best place to find that perfect balance between a truly great snow mountain and relatively cheap European ski resort.

This is the definitive list of the best cheap ski resorts in Europe.

Best budget ski resorts in Europe

As the global capital of winter sports, Chamonix’s history, skiing and scenery make it a true alpine legend. Every seasoned snow lover should come here at least once; skiing the awesome terrain from a proper mountain town with the Mont Blanc massif as your backdrop will make for a week to remember.

Part of the Grand Massif and fondly known as the “big snowy bowl”, Flaine was purposely plonked on the mountain for direct access to some of the greatest terrain around. While the village may not be brimming with Gallic charm, the skiing and facilities more than make up for it, a place much loved by powder hounds and families alike.

Arinsal may remain one of Europe’s most underrated ski destinations, but year on year it closes the gap on the larger resorts. With some of the sunniest skiing in Europe, incredible duty free shopping and dining and a massive range of off slope activities, Arinsal is a more than viable alternative, especially during the busiest weeks of the season.

Experience the exhilarating skiing and vibrant après ski that is making Bansko one of the fastest up and coming ski resorts in Europe. Sample some of the best of Bulgarian food and soak up the traditional architecture, before making the most of the efficient ski system and admiring the breathtaking views.

Buckets of off piste and an incredible terrain park make this a freeriding and freestyling paradise - combine this with 250km of pisted runs and you’ve got something for everyone. The town offers a colourful variety of après ski from ice caves to nightclubs and activities for all ages that will put the cherry on top of any ski holiday.

Surrounded by the beautiful Kitzbühel Alps, Kitzbuhel in the Tyrol is a romantic medieval town with heaps of Austrian character and a great snow sports experience. Internationally famed for its après ski and the presence of the legendary Streif, it’s a holiday destination for the fashionable and fearless, and features on many a skier’s bucket list.

Probably best known for its après ski culture and long sunny days, Pas is the liveliest ski village in Andorra and with boundless opportunities both on and off the slopes, you may well be in need of another holiday when you get back. As part of the largest ski domain in the Pyrenees, the skiing is not to be sniffed at - and with cut price heli-skiing on the cards it’s a brilliant choice as a second trip for snowsports aficionados.

Looking for a way to ski on a shoestring? Then look no further, because Brides Les Bains is a fantastic location to access the outstanding 3 Valleys skiing experience for less! Amazing pistes and spectacular views await before returning for an evening of drinks and relaxation in this traditional French spa village.

It’s that time again. You’re looking to book a holiday and you can’t decide between somewhere to get the perfect tan, or whether you want the familiar thrill of zooming down the pistes. In Pamporovo, an average of 270 days of sun per year make it Europe’s sunniest mountain resort, and means you’ll get the best of both worlds.

Home to the fastest downhill run in history, part of the magnificent Paradiski and the self-professed “home of snowboarding”, Les Arcs has well earned its reputation as one of the top ski destinations in France. With varied accommodation, lively après ski and abundant activities, this is a truly must-visit resort.


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