Ski Resorts for Extra-Affordable Getaways

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For skiers who enjoy the thrill of a bargain as much as they relish long turns through powder and speeding down the piste, here are three resorts renowned for being more affordable than their neighbours.


Mayrhofen, Austria

This traditional Tyrolean village is famous for buzzing après-ski, reliable snow and very reasonable prices. A hearty meal with a cold beer certainly won’t break the bank, and there are plenty of great-value chalets for families and groups of mates alike.


The full area Zillertal ski pass, priced at a competitive €242 for 6 days, gives access to well over 600km of slopes, including the local domain of 133km and the nearby Hintertux glacier. The best place for beginners is the Ahorn area – its high, snow-sure slopes are great for taking your first turns – while the Penken area has plenty of blue and red pistes for mile-hungry intermediates. Seasoned pros can attempt the infamous Harakari piste, which is said to be the steepest run in Austria!


Better yet, the resort has great off-piste potential for freeriders and one of the best snow parks in the Alps: the Vans Penken Park.



Off-piste in Mayrhofen. Image courtesy of James Streater on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.


Cervinia, Italy

Nestled beneath the illustrious Matterhorn with links to the swanky resort of Zermatt, Cervinia is much more affordable than its Swiss neighbour. Accommodation can start as low as £529pp for a week, and you can tuck into delicious pizza and pasta without dreading the bill.


The village may not be as postcard-perfect as Zermatt, but Cervinia’s slopes reach up to 3480m to ensure good snow coverage throughout the season. The pistes are best suited for gentle cruising, making it a hit with beginners, intermediates and families in search of something delightfully peaceful.




Cervinia. Image courtesy of Justin Clements on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.



Les Deux Alpes, France

While Austrian and Italian destinations get most of the attention when it comes to budget holidays, French ski resorts like Les Deux Alpes can still compete when it comes to price. It’s not hard to find a great-value chalet here – rates start as low as £453pp – and adult lift passes come in at €245 for 6 days.


The slopes here are high, snow-sure and present a good variety of pistes for all skill levels – including a glacier. When the fresh stuff falls, freeriders will find some brilliant off-piste trails – albeit without many trees – and the views across the Ecrins peaks are stunning.


If you’re looking for an Alpine getaway this season that’s easy on the budget, start your search here or call our ski holiday experts on 020 3080 0202 for chalet recommendations.