Although it may feel a bit early to book a holiday to the snow-covered peaks for skiing season, it’s always worth thinking ahead. While European destinations such as Italy, France, Switzerland and Austria are known for their world class ski resorts, if you’re looking for somewhere a bit different over the winter, these are some of Europe’s lesser known ski escapes.
Bulgaria is perhaps best known for its breezy Black Sea coast in the summer, but it also has some of the cheapest and most picturesque skiing in Europe come the winter season. Borovets, Bansko and Pamporovo are the main ski resorts in the country, offering pistes fit for beginners as well as for the more advanced; friendly locals; a tasty cuisine; and excellent value for money.
What about visiting Father Christmas’ homeland this season for a real winter wonderland? With stunning vistas, as well as the chance of glimpsing the enigmatic Northern Lights, Finland makes a great ski destination that can offer a whole host of winter activities outside the obvious.
The jewel in Slovenia’s crown is Bled, famous for its magical, fairytale lake. Bled is also an ideal resort for beginners and first-time skiers, offering its own ski slopes as well as easy access to the nearby resorts of Kobla, Vogel and Straza. More advanced skiers can head to the World Cup ski resort of Kranjska Gora, which nestles against the foothills of the Julian Alps just a few miles from the Austrian and Italian borders. Planica, which is not far from Kranjska Gora, is famous for its ski jumping hill.
Sochi in Russia is host of the 2014 Olympics and is set to become a world leading ski resort. With 100kms of runs planned for 2011/12, very reliable snow and brand new lift systems it’s worth trying to get there before the crowds.
If you’re looking for an affordable ski holiday to any of these destinations, you can often find great Last minute ski deals and snag a great ski holiday at a low price.