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The 10 best affordable European ski resorts destinations

The study looked at the highest-rated locations worldwide, assessing the resorts on factors including star rating, price for a daily lift pass, median price of hotel and slope lengths to find the best value getaways

A new study has revealed the best ski resorts in Europe that won’t break the bank, naming Aleko in Vitosha, Bulgaria as being the ideal location for a trip during this winter period.

The research, conducted by winter sports insurance company SportsCover Direct looked at eight different metrics from skiresort.info including total price for a day ski pass, average star rating, number of ski lifts, highest elevation, slope lengths, median price of hotels and number of hotels within 10km to determine the best resorts.  

The metrics were weighted differently, wherein the ratings given to star rating and the price of nearby hotels held the most value. The resorts were then given a rating out of 80, with the average rating found to be 52.9.  

The Aleko resort in Vitosha, Bulgaria was named the best resort for a skiing adventure. The resort landed a score of 74.2 out of 80 due to ease of accessibility with 197 hotels nearby hotels, elevation difference of 740m and an average of €26 (£22) for an adult day lift pass. 

Following them, the Straja resort in Hunedoara County, Romania received a score of 72 out of 80, pinching the second-best spot. Visitors also pay around €26 (£22.27) for an adult day lift pass and can expect an elevation difference of 738m, with 69% of holiday goers rating the slopes as ‘intermediate’ in difficulty.  

Ravna Planina in Bosnia and Herzegovina took third best, with a score of 71.8 out of 80. The spot proves popular with people new to skiing, with an 86% rating of ‘easy’ for the slopes. Furthermore, the cheap adult daily lift pass of only €15 (£12.85) makes it an affordable destination. 

In fourth place, Tornik – Zlatibor, located in Serbia, received a rating of 71.5 out of 80 thanks to its relatively cheap €952 (£815.3) average price for a week’s stay in one of the 45 nearby hotels. The elevation difference is only 380m and 23% of users rate the slopes as ‘easy’, whilst 60% rate it ‘intermediate’.  

Ranked fifth is Montenegro’s resort Kolašin 1450 and Kolašin 1600 adjoined to it. The destination gained a score of 70.1 out of 80 thanks to its seven ski lifts, cheap median price of hotels (€647, £554.12), and decently priced day pass of €25 (£21.41). 

The sixth best skiing getaway location is in Bulgaria at the Bankso resort, which scored 69.8 out of 80 in the study. 59% of visitors scored the slopes as ‘easy’, making it an ideal choice for travelers new to skiing. Furthermore, the resort is one of the highest ranking, with an average star rating of 4.2 out of 5, proving to be popular with holidaymakers. 

Another resort in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Malo Igman takes seventh spot with 68.9 out of 80. The resort has a cheap daily ski lift pass rate of €21 (£17.99) for adults and proves a viable choice for experienced skiers with an intermediate rating of 50% for its slopes.  

With a score of 68.1, the Céüze 2000 resort in Gap, France takes eighth place in the ideal skiing destinations. With the average price of one of its 86 nearby hotels being €655 (£560) alongside its cheap daily lift pass of €19 (£16.27), families wanting to jet off and experience the joys of skiing can find an ideal holiday here.  

The Mavrovo – Zare Lazareski resort in North Macedonia places ninth in the study with a score of 67.7 out of 80. The resort has an elevation range of 623m, with 42% of visitors ranking the slopes as intermediate in difficulty. 

Lastly, rounding off the top best destinations is the Alpe du Grand-Serre resort located in La Morte, France. The place secured a score of 67.7 in the study and is more beginner-friendly with 65% of visitors rating the slopes as easy.  

 

Commenting on why ski holidays prove popular and how to pick the right destination, Head of Marketing at SportsCover Direct, Sean Walsh, said “Ski holidays captivate enthusiasts with a blend of thrilling outdoor adventure, stunning snowy mountain landscapes, and vibrant apres-ski culture. 

“The appeal lies in the exhilarating adventure experience, and it is important that holidaymakers ensure they pick the correct resort before jetting off.  

“When considering locations, it is important to consider factors such as you and your family’s skill level, the resort’s terrain, elevation, available amenities, and accessibility to ensure you get the best experience. Tailoring your choice to your group’s needs and personal preferences ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience amidst the snowy peaks and endorphin-boosting slopes.”  

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