Ski tourism is becoming more and more popular every year. We will tell you about the best resorts in Europe, where you can have an inexpensive vacation and go skiing and snowboarding.

Austria

Austria is a ski paradise in the heart of the Alps. Prices here are much lower than in neighboring Switzerland, and the number of ski resorts is twice as large (about 500). Most of them are located in Tyrol (map) and Vorarlberg (map). The cheapest ski resorts in Austria – Mayrhofen, Söl and Schladming… Mayrhofen attracts youngsters with parties and families with top quality children’s ski schools. Söll is the largest ski area in the country, with the most interesting slopes. Schladming has the lowest prices for food and drinks.

Prices for the week:
Lift pass: adults – 282 euros, teenagers – 226 euros, children – 127 euros.
Ski / snowboard rental (+ poles, boots, helmet): 140 euros for adults and 70 euros for children.
Hotel (6 nights): from 29 900 rubles

Season: October to April
Ski sites sites: mayrhofen.at, skiwelt.at, schladming-dachstein.at

Photo: Spain

Spain

Most ski resorts in Spain are located in the Pyrenees and in the south of the Sierra Nevada (on the map). The best of them are the resorts in the north of Catalonia with peaks of 2,700 meters. It is here that the largest resort on the Iberian Peninsula is located: Baqueira-Beret (on the map), with 86 trails of all kinds, including the extreme Enkornakrabes, snowboard trails, half-pipe, flat skiing and dog sledding. The largest and cheapest resort in the Pyrenees – Formigal (on the map), with 137 kilometers of trails and a maximum height of 2250 meters. Formigal positions itself as a family-friendly resort with wide slopes and children’s schools.

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Prices for the week:
Lift pass: € 243 for adults and € 194 for children.
Ski / snowboard rental (+ helmet, poles, boots): 126 euros for adults and 84 euros for children.
Hotel (6 nights): from 22 310 rubles

Season: late November to early April
Ski complex website: formigal-panticosa.com

Photo: Slovakia

Slovakia

Most of the territory of Slovakia is mountains: High Tatras, Low Tatras, Carpathian arc. Ski resorts in Slovakia are some of the best and cheapest in Eastern Europe. Best Ski Resort – Yasna in the Low Tatras (on the map), with 14 tracks, of which 3 are of high difficulty, 8 are of medium difficulty and 3 are easy. There are also tracks for children, tracks for freeride, snowboards and snowmobiles. Jasna is an international tourist center of the first category, where international slalom competitions are held.

Prices for 6 days (for that many days they sell the maximum ski pass):
Lift pass: € 139 for adults, € 111 for teenagers and € 97 for children.
Ski / snowboard (+ helmet, boots, poles): adults – 110 euros, teenagers – 85 euros, children – 60 euros.
Hotel (6 nights): from 8,000 rubles

Season: December to April
Ski complex website: jasna.sk

Photo: Germany

Germany

Most of the German ski resorts are concentrated in the south of the country, in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. The largest and most popular resort – Garmisch-Pertenkirchen (map) on the slope of the Zugspitze (2964 m), the highest mountain in Germany. The length of the tracks is 62 kilometers, half of which are tracks of a difficult level. There are trails for snowboards, cross-country skiing, as well as 110 kilometers of hiking trails, for which a network of funiculars has been created.

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Prices for the week:
Lift pass: € 268 for an adult, € 246 for a teenager and € 134 for a child.
Ski / snowboard (+ helmet, poles, boots): adult – 100-120 euros, child – 60 euros.
Hotel (6 nights): 11 150 rubles

Season: December to April
Ski complex website: zugspitze.de

Photo: Czech Republic

Czech

Most of the Czech Republic is surrounded by mountains, the highest of which is Snezka (1600 m). The most popular mountain resorts in the country are located in the Jeseniky, Krkonose, Sumava and Jezerské Mountains regions. The Krkonoše National Park is Spindleruv Mlyn (on the map) – the most famous resort in the Czech Republic. It consists of two large slopes – St. Peter and Medvedin. St. Peter has 12 slopes, one of which is for snowboarders, next to the slope there are cross-country skiing tracks. The second descent is Medvedin, with 7 tracks 11 kilometers long. The resort hosts the Slalom World Cup and the Freestyle Ski European Cup every year.

Prices for 6 days (for that many days they sell the maximum ski pass):
Lift pass: 178 € for adults, 143 € for teenagers and 125 € for children.
Ski / snowboard (+ helmet, boots, poles): adults – 80 euros, children and teenagers – 60 euros.
Hotel (6 nights): from 13 200 rubles

Season: December to April
Ski complex website: skiareal.cz

* Prices are indicated at the time of writing. The cost indicated in the material and the total price may differ.