Looking for the cheapest places to ski in Europe? Amidst the £10 beers in Zermatt and the fine dining in France, you can still ski the same slopes for a fraction of the price – in the French Alps, Italy, the US, and a few hidden ski fields in Europe! Take a look at these ski resorts for families, group holidays and serious powder hounds.
Les Houches, France
Considering it costs €300 for a ski pass in Chamonix during peak season, you’ll make a tidy saving by skiing a little down the valley in Les Houches, France. In Les Houches there are marked ski runs from 950 to 1,900 metres with epic views of the Mont Blanc Valley, so it’s perfect for leisure skiiers – however, if you’re craving a black run and open air clubs, make your way over to Chamonix’s ski fields. They’re only 6km away!
Average cost of a drink: Make your way back down the mountain for Happy Hour in Les Houches bars (between 5-7pm). It’s not anarchic apres-ski, but it’s still good fun.
Average cost for a ski pass: €43 (£35) for a day, and €215 (£180) for a 6 day pass.
How to get there: Fly to Geneva Airport, and drive (1 hour) to Les Houches.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colorado
A daily lift ticket at Vail or Aspen can set you back up to $800 a day. A daily lift ticket here? Just $95. This is a favourite with locals from Colorado, as it’s within easy reach of Denver. It’s a far cry from the apres-ski in Aspen. Instead, this is a family friendly resort, with nooks for those with little ski bunnies and those on a weekend getaway with friends – expect small restaurants and artisan shops instead of open air clubs. There are double diamond runs and one black one for the experienced skiers too.
Average cost of a drink: $6 (£4.50) for a glass of wine, $2 (£1.50) for a coffee
Average cost for a ski pass: $95 (£75) per day, and $294 (£235) for a 6 day pass.
How to get there: Fly to Denver, then catch a transfer or drive to Crested Butte.
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