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Inexpensive European Ski Destinations

by Allie Moore

Mar 21, 2019

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Winter isn’t quite over, especially high in the Alps and Pyrenees, two of Europe’s main mountain ranges for skiing. Catch a flight to one of these locations for some last-minute seasonal skiing on a budget.



Some wouldn’t consider this smaller European country to be a skiing hot spot, but Jasná Nízke Tatry is the country’s largest ski resort and features 30 miles of trails, slopes and 20 lifts. The affordability of Slovakia also makes this a major draw for tourists, where a dish of hearty dumplings or stew, plus a Slovak beer, won’t set you back more than €10 euros, or $11.30.



Southwest of Slovakia and across Hungary and Austria is Slovenia, an Alps-adjacent country where Vogel Ski Resort offers less-intense slopes for novice skiers. When you’re not skiing, take a bus trip to nearby Lake Bohinj or the famous Lake Bled, 40 minutes and one hour away, respectively.



It’s no secret Eastern Europe is a budget traveler’s dream, and Bulgaria is no exception. For centuries, Borovets catered to snow lovers at the base of Mt. Musala, the country’s highest peak. Warm yourself between runs with a shot of rakia, a fruit-based liquor popular in the region.


Boí-Taüll, Spain

Nestled high in the Pyrenees on the Spain-France border is this family-friendly resort town where an entire apartment can be rented for about $500 a week. Stay warm off the slopes with Catalan spiced snails and potato-cabbage hash, plus hot, melted chocolate served with world-famous churros.







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