The most expensive and prestigious ski resort is in Gstaad, Switzerland. The five-star hotel was known for discreet luxury and proximity to simple life, visited by the likes of Monaco’s royal family, Brigitte Bardot. Michael Jackson. Roger Moore, the third James Bond, was even photographed milking cows there.
Well, you don’t have to splurge on an A-list alpine suite to enjoy snowy slopes, beautiful views, and great service. Consider these resorts from all over the resort as a worthy alternative.
Söll is a cheap and cheerful village in the Kaisergebirge mountain range that attracts a loyal clientele year in and year out. In addition to well-priced accommodation, you can also score last-minute “snowhome” deals in private guesthouses. Alternatively, you can stay down in the village and take a short bus journey to the base station.
The ski slopes are spread across multiple peaks and valleys, with a decent number of wide blue and red tracks. The Hexenwiese area is more suited for beginners and is free to use.
Bardonecchia is located in the Susa Valley between 1,312 and 2,800 meters of elevation. It’s perfect for those who enjoy variety, featuring 23 different lifts and 100 kilometers of slopes (open runs and tracks through the woods). Partygoers will also enjoy almost round-the-clock entertainment, with restaurants, happy hours, and DJ sets.
After 12 years, it has finally been recognized as one of the cheapest choices for a great-value ski holiday by various publications.
Cerro Catedral, Argentina
Cerro Catedral is the largest ski terrain in South America, covering 1,200 hectares. It has a breathtaking view over Nahuel Huapi National Park and the stunning Lago Nahuel Huapi lake.
The slopes are quite steep, so intermediate and advanced riders will have a better time on the terrain. The place is also known for good tree skiing and a range of off-track options. When you finish your ride from the backcountry, check out the terrain park. That said, beginners aren’t completely forgotten.
Gulmarg, Kashmir, India
Gulmarg is the place for smooth and low-risk riding, with backcountry skiing and snowboarding sprinkled here and there. But here is a twist: advanced riders can take one of the AS350B3e helicopters (no accidental or incidental record in 11 years) and travel to high-altitude mountains.
The resort offers surprisingly cheap packages, considering the stunning views and its popularity. Before going, research the latest information about the heating system and power cuts.
Boler Mountain, Canada
Boler Mountain is a bit on the smaller side, with six kilometers of slopes and three lifts, and the elevation is just 265-328 meters. But other than that, the resort is practically perfect.
There is a great range of hotels close to the slopes, with a revamped complex for 100 guests. If you go at the right time of year, like at the start and end of the season, you can unlock exclusive deals. Or you can reserve in advance for a lower price.
Pas de la Casa, Andorra
Pas de la Casa is a top-rated resort and ski school in the Pyrenees mountains. The nearby town has traditional charm and many great-value self-catering apartments. Food and drinks are cheaper than in other European resorts, which is another plus.
The vibrant party scene explains Pas de la Casa’s nickname, “Ibiza on snow”. While you’re grabbing classic tapas in the mid-afternoon, the music will already be playing.
Whatever your destination and plans, a ski trip is always exciting. Happy travels!