7 Best Budget Ski Destinations in Europe ...


When you think of ski-ing in Europe, undoubtedly it is the classic Alpine countries that come to mind.

But ski-ing is an expensive hobby and there are many more budget-friendlier options outside of Italy, Austria, France and Switzerland.

And don’t worry, they may not have the pedigree of the Alpine regions but the best budget ski destinations in Europe are a great choice.

Indeed, there are some real gems.

1. Popova SHAPKA – Macedonia

Popova SHAPKA – Macedonia

Nestling in the rounded peaks of the Dinaric Mountains, Popova Shapka is a pretty and peaceful retreat in the snow, a Sleeping Beauty among Eastern Europe's ski resorts.

Perhaps the lifts are a little old-fashioned, but the slopes are as smooth, not crowded and unmarked as a ski buff could wish for.2

Here you can hop onto a converted snow groomer and be taken into the unspoiled Macedonian hinterland where you can free ride until the cows come home.

This is one of the most picturesque budget ski destinations in Europe.

2. Jahorina – Bosnia

Jahorina – Bosnia

The Jahorina ski centre hosted the women's skiing events of the Winter Olympics in 1984 and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks that attract downhill skiers from all quarters of the international snow sport standard.2

Jahorina is close to Sarajevo, yet remains a Balkan budget ski resort that has yet to be discovered by nature lovers, hikers, sledding fans and fresh-air fanatics of Europe's trendy travel elite.

Jahorina's wide slopes are inviting and not crowded, and its pistes are situated among the tallest peaks of the Dinaric Alps of Bosnia.

3. Spindleruv Mlyn – Czech Republic

Spindleruv Mlyn – Czech Republic

The inviting slopes of Spindleruv Mlyn are located in the snowy peaks of Krknose (meaning The Giant Mountains), which are the Czech Republic's highest peaks.

Spindleruv Mlyn is one of four main ski resorts here, a kid-friendly place with miles of unspoiled cross-country trails and fabulous National Park that boasts UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status.

Jasna – Slovakia
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