Side Street Style: 3 Budget Friendly Ski Resorts to take the Family

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14/10/2017

3 Budget Friendly Ski Resorts to take the Family

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I have been lucky enough to have done both a skiing holiday as a child and then a snowboarding trip with friends in University, having grown up surfing in South Africa I picked it up pretty quickly and enjoyed every moment of it and it's the kind of experience I would love to share with the kids, the only thing that has stopped up so far is the price. The thing is skiing and snowboarding doesn't come cheap especially if you are looking to hit some of the world famous slopes such as Kitzbuhel in Austria of Whistler in Canada but that is starting to change and the skiing industry is becoming a whole lot more competitive which is a good thing.

With Europe opening up, plenty of budget friendly airlines and being able to research for trips at the drop of a hat online,  people looking to some of the lesser know (and often more interesting) destinations you will be pleasantly surprised. Personally I love nothing more than having the change to explore a new destination so even though in some cases the resorts may be a little smaller I would much prefer going somewhere a little bit more off the beaten track. I have teamed up with The Post Office Money who have just released their 11th annual publication of their Ski Resort Report in which they have compared everything from the cost of lessons, passes, equipment and even lunch on the slopes to give you the best idea of where to hit the slopes this year under budget.


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Out of top ten budget friendly places to going Skiing here are my 3 favourite

1. Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

This beautiful alpine resort located near some glacial lakes actually came out on top of the list with the 6 days on the slopes with lift passes, equipment, lessons and taking into account food and drink averaged at £325.47. I actually visited the capital of Slovenia when I was seventeen and it's always been one of those countries I would love to go back and explore especially as it's meant to be a fantastic place for those who like the outdoors.

2. Bansko, Bulgaria

This was last years cheapest European ski spot but comes in third this year but still fantastic value at £351.54 and some of the best value food on the slopes with a Coke costing just 72p! This resort is know for some famously long ski runs and is steadily rising in popularity as it offers a great value break but doesn't compromise in quality when it comes to skiing. Bulgaria is also a country that has been on my bucket list for years, with beautiful Architecture being found in Sofia and the village of Banya is located only 3 miles from this resort and is know for it's 27 thermal mineral springs so when your aching from being active all day you can enjoy a relaxing spa break as well.


3.  Morzine, France

Coming in at number 5 with the price ranging at about £410.47, the cheapest French ski resort but still more than half the price of Zermatt in Switzerland and with it located right on the Swiss boarder you get some great skiing with modern facilities and plenty of hotels and restaurants but without the pricey tag to go along with it. Of course the food here cost a more than that of the more Eastern European countries but there is also plenty of things to do both on and off the slopes and is a great base for beginners as well.


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If your looking to go on a family ski or snowboarding holiday than research as many options before you go and keep open minded when it comes to picking a lesser known resort as you could really save a lot of money as well as having the chance to explore somewhere new and a different culture, food and of course helping making those pounds go further. Another good tip is to also take your children for a couple of lessons on a dry ski slope before going so that they can get the basics down and get more out of their time on the real thing.

In association with Post Office Money 


20 comments:

  1. You ought to take part in a contest for one of the best sites
    on the net. I'm going to recommend this blog!

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  2. We love to ski and we snowboard too, I would definitely add Austria to this list. I do not love the cold but Winter sports are great!

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    1. Winter sports are fantastic aren't they! Yes Austria is great although can be a little pricey

      Laura x

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  3. I wish I could go skiing! I was born with clubfoot though and if I ever broke my feet, there would be lots of complications involved in fixing them.

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    1. Thats really interesting Kacie, I damaged my knee really badly a few years back so I would have to be very very careful but luckily can still do it.

      Laura x

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  4. I have never been skiing because I just don't think it is for me, im not the biggest fan of snow, but the views are just beautiful and I am always envious of how serene the landscape looks x

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    1. The views are amazing and there is also plenty to do around the resorts if you don't fancy skiing

      Laura x

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  5. Ooh I've never been skiing but have wanted to give it a try for ages! Tx

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  6. I was actually talking to my friend about going skiing the other day! I've never been and will probably be awful at it! My friend lives in Germany so has been skiing multiple times, so she's slowly trying to convince me to go. Maybe if we do end up going, we'll have to visit one of these beautiful places! They all seem so peaceful and calm.

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    1. You should so go skiing with your friend - you would have a blast, it's so much fun and it really doesn't matter how good you get, its just getting out there and having a go

      Laura x

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  7. these all sound like great deals. I have only been skiing in the US before, so staying in Europe is a much more budget-friendly way to do it :) x

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    1. Yes Europe is becoming really affordable especially over the US prices

      Laura x

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  8. I've never been skiing before as its not really for me. I would never have thought that Bulgaria would be a skiing destination. It's great that there are now more budget options for being able to experience a skiing holiday though.

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  9. Blimey those prices are good. My eldest is off to Austria skiing with Mr Dad around Christmas and it cost them a LOT more than those. Think we need to do some more research next time!

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  10. I love skiing and have been wanting to do a ski trip! This could not have come at a better time! Thanks for the tips! Can't wait to start planning our trip!

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  11. Bansko in BG is a perfect spot! They really make everything up to high European standards these days.

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  12. I would love to take the kids skiing - we have been waiting until Sebby is old enough but now he is 4 there will be no stopping us

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  13. I went skiing and snowboarding a lot when I was younger and have always wanted to take Ellie. Like you say though it is so expensive. I would never have thought to look at Eastern Europe. I'll definitely keep my eye on the ski resort report and hopefully find a bargain for next year.

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  14. These ski resorts are really affordable. Moreover, there you will find appropriate service, beautiful nature, and unforgettable landscapes as in one of the popular and expensive resorts of Europe.

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