Whether you are a beginner or a professional skier, a family or a group of friends, travelling during wintertime, it is well-known that ski resorts are a popular but rather expensive travel destination. But news for ski lovers are good, as there are more and more upcoming European ski resorts, that offer a variety of wellness activities and high-level facilities, and all these with exceptionally low costs!

Les Houches, France: cheap with a sense of luxury!

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Very close to the Chamonix valley, with 50 km of slopes and 15 lifts, Les Houches is an ideal destination for beginners and families. The ski area extends from an altitude of 950m to 1900m. In comparison to the nearby ski resorts in the area, accommodation in Les Houches is much more affordable.

  • Cost of ski pass per adult for 6 days: 217 €

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Vogel, Slovenia: skiing next to nature!

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Slovenia is considered the perfect winter destination. Its unspoiled natural beauty has been awarded by the European Commission. Vogel ski resort is located above Lake Bohinj, and it is one of the cheapest ski resorts in Europe. In the resort, you can find 22 km of slopes with spectacular views of the Julian Alps, and a snowboard park, suitable for beginners. You can also expect to find excellent traditional dishes and beverages.

  • Cost of ski pass per adult for 7 days: 168 €

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Livigno, Italy: snow quality of the Alps!

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For ski lovers, looking for the snow quality of the Alps but cannot afford the prices, then Livigno in Italy is the perfect destination. It is located in the Northern part of Italy, close to the Swiss border and offer 115 km of slopes and 31 lifts. For the young visitors, the resort features an Ice Park, a playground made entirely of snow.

  • Cost of ski pass per adult for 7 days: 160€

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Kolasin, Montenegro: an affordable choice!

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Kolasin 1450 ski resort is located 10 km away of Kolasin city, on the North of Montenegro, among some unique natural beauties, such as the National park Biogradska gora and the crystal-clear rivers of Tara and Moraca. Its prices have listed it among the cheapest winter resorts in the world. For skiing and snowboarding, there are 14 km of slopes available and 6 lifts for the transportation of the guests.

  • Cost of ski pass per adult for 7 days: 98 €

Poiana-Brasov, Romania: skiing all year round!

The Romanian ski resort of Poiana Brasov offers 13.7 km of slopes, 5 km of ski routes and 10 lifts. It is located at the foot of the Postavaru Massif mountain and it will welcome you from early December to early April, and snow lasts for 4 to 5 months a year. It is suitable for both expert skiers and beginners as Poiana Brasov features 12 pistes with different degrees of difficulty.

  • Cost of ski pass per adult for 6 days: 115€

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Bansko, Bulgaria: the popular one!

Bulgaria, lately is one of the most popular upcoming ski resorts in Europe with several affordable choices for winter travelers. Elevated up to 2.5 km, the Bansko is the highest elevated Ski Resorts in Bulgaria. In the past years, the ski area, has been expanded, offering 48.2 km of slopes, 8 km of ski routes and 14 lifts, including off-piste skiing and snowboarding areas.

  • Cost of ski pass per adult for 6 days: 174€

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Saariselka, Finland: the alternative choice.

Photo Credit: Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

Saariselkä Ski & Sport Resort is a small resort and an alternative destination for ski enthusiasts, who want to combine their favourite sport, with a variety of winter activities that the area has to offer. Located close to one of the largest National parks of Finland, Urho Kekkonen National Park where visitors can explore by hiking around. There are 7 km of slopes available with 5 lifts transport the guests.

  • Cost of ski pass per adult for 6/7 days: 190€

So now that you have been presented with some alternative and affordable choices for your winter holidays, its time to start packing! But even if you are not into winter sports or ski, and all you want is some relaxing time close to nature, then Badrutt's Palace Hotel and  Chetzeron 2112 are two hotels, perfect for your winter escapes.