If you want a hassle-free ski break, you might dream of a luxurious all-inclusive getaway, where everything is arranged for you – including flights, meals and ski hire. Often thought of as accessible only to those with plenty of cash to splash, these sorts of holidays can actually be found at prices to suit all budgets – read my guide to some of the best deals.
Budget: under £500
If you can’t spend more than £500 per person on your getaway, you should take a look at Chamrousse in France, where you can stay in an apartment close to the pistes. As well as being near the slopes, you can reach the nearest shopping center on foot in just ten minutes.
There are more than 40 runs to be found here, most of which cater for beginners and intermediate skiers, while another section of the resort – which is higher up – has plenty of slopes for advanced skiers, including the famous 4 km downhill championship trail.
Another option worth considering if you’re on a tight budget is Arinsal in Andorra, where you’ll find accommodation close to the ski lifts. Apartments are usually self-catering but offer a buffet breakfast.
Arinsal boasts more than 60 km of ski runs that cater largely for intermediate and advanced skiers, while the resort also has wellness facilities like saunas, swimming pools, and hot tubs.
Budget: under £700
If you can spend a bit more and plan to travel with a large group of friends or family members, you’ll be able to visit Avoriaz in France for under £700 per person. A self-catering apartment at the resort, flights, transfers, a lift pass and ski hire are all included in the price, based on eight people sharing.
Avoriaz is a great destination for all skiing abilities, boasting 650 km of interconnected pistes. There’s plenty of terrain for free-riding and snowboarding, while nearby you’ll find the vast Aquariaz water center to try out when you want a break from the slopes.
Bulgaria is another cost-effective destination for a skiing holiday, and Borovets is arguably the nation’s top resort, boasting 20 runs – the majority of which cater for beginners. There’s a popular ski school here, along with a fitness center, opportunities for helicopter tours, horse-riding, and snowmobiling. There are also bars and a couple of nightclubs if you’ve still got the energy to burn once the sun has set. Accommodation is well-priced and often includes facilities like doorstep skiing, an indoor pool, and a creche.
Budget: under £900
For a really relaxing getaway, head to Passo Tonale in Italy and book into a four-star hotel, where you won’t have to lift a finger to cook. With amenities like aromatherapy showers, a sauna, and a children’s playroom, it might be difficult to tear yourself away from your hotel but, when you do, you’ll discover 40 pistes that cater for all abilities.
Val Thorens in France is another good choice, and you can find getaways to the renowned resort for under £900 for two people sharing on a half board basis. Val Thorens caters for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers, with more than 130 km of terrain to cover. There is also an extensive range of apres-ski bars, restaurants, and shops to visit, while other activities include snowshoeing, paragliding and glacier tours.