When you are looking for the best ski resorts, European destinations will always be on your list but when it comes to looking for ski resorts that offer value for money, they will be at the top of that list.
When it comes to value for money, many discount resorts in North America and Switzerland as being too expensive but France, Italy and Austria can offer good facilities at prices which are considered to be reasonable, yet do not compromise on quality. This is a list of some of the resorts that can offer value for money and the price shown includes a 6 day ski pass, one lesson, 6 day hire of decent skis and minimum food and drink expenses for 6 days.
Monte Rosa Ski, Italy – £440
This is a three valley ski resort which is on the southern slopes of what is part of the glacial massif that actually has its top in Switzerland. Its off-piste terrain is one of this resort’s main attractions and so most of it is catered to by a cable car, although some of it is only accessible by helicopter.
Mayrhofen, Austria – £465
Located on a flat valley floor, this resort is often overlooked by many skiers but the slopes above the tree lined valley offer some excellent runs.
Livigno, Italy – £ 470
One of the reasons that this resort is such good value for money, is because being in a somewhat remote village close to the Swiss border, it enjoys duty free status.
Ellmau, Austria – £475
This resort offers a large area for skiing on the wooded slopes and although many of the runs are fairly short, there are a few long ones that go to the villages in the valley.
Les Carroz, France – £490
This resort shares the Grand Massive with other better known resorts such as Flaine but is less expensive. This is a traditional French village that can offer good shops and some excellent food.
Schladming, Austria – £495
This is the most easterly of Austria’s ski resorts. Although not strikingly pretty, this is a traditional village that offers an ultra-modern base for skiers.
Cervinia, Italy – £495
Although this resort is supposedly linked to its far more expensive Swiss neighbour Zermatt, its neighbour’s superior slopes are not that easily accessible from here but are perhaps worth exploring for at least one day in your week.
Serre Chavalier, France – £500
This resort consists of a string of old villages that have undergone extensive development and also includes a small town with a fortified old quarter.
Les Deux Alps, France – £505
This resort is set in a fairly large town that offers a large number of beds in an assortment of choices and price but this may sometimes lead to queues for the lifts.
Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria – £510
This two village resort is the most expensive on the list mainly because the accommodations offered by the villages are mostly, excellent 4 star hotels. Although the north side slopes here can get uncomfortably hot, the ones on the south, although steep, offer plenty of shade.