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The cheapest ski resorts in the world can be found in Eastern European countries where the tourism industry is still relatively undeveloped and the general cost of living remains quite low.  These countries include Bulgaria, Slovenia and Romania.  These countries all have reliable snowfall and adequate ski resort infrastructure and services.  It is also a very interesting part of the world that is a real joy to discover.       

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A recent travel survey found that the cheapest ski resort in Europe is Poiana Brasov, in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania.  This is quite a small and relatively unknown resort, which helps to keep the prices down.  It is however, remarkably friendly and set amid magnificent scenery.  The resort is best suited for beginner and intermediate skiers.  Another highlight of visiting this area of Romania is the unique opportunity to visit Bran Castle, the home of Count Dracula!      

Kranjska Gora in beautiful Slovenia is a great choice for people who are looking for all the fun and excitement of a ski holiday without breaking the bank.  Here you will find some of the best value lift passes and equipment hire rates in all of Europe.  And the discounted prices don’t mean that you have to compromise on quality.  The village at Kranjska Gora is gorgeous, the mountain slopes are very enjoyable (particularly for beginners) and there is also a very impressive ski school.   

Of the North American ski resorts, the best value for money can generally be found at Banff in Canada.  Somewhat surprisingly, winter is actually the off season in this part of the world.  Thousands of tourists flock to the area around Banff during the summer months in order to enjoy the beauty of the national parks.  This means that Banff has excellent tourist infrastructure set up and they offer incredible deals to keep the crowds coming back during the winter months.  The snow quality is reliable, the mountains are huge, and it is very affordable.      

Some more low cost ski resorts

Skiverbund Amade ski resort   Skiverbund Amade, Salzburgerland, Austria
Although Skiverbund Amade is a huge resort, the prices are significantly cheaper than ski areas of comparable size. The terrain is varied and will please all levels of skiers. Lodging and après ski activities are less expensive too.
Saalbach Hinterglemm ski resort   Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria
Saalbach Hinterglemm is a great resort for those on a strict budget. The prices are very affordable. With 55 lifts, the wait time is minimal but the trails are abundant.
Pyha ski resort   Pyha, Finland
This small resort is big on charm. Pyha has only 7 lifts but that is reflected in the prices. Small, self-catering cabins are available at reasonable rates.
St. Englmar ski resort   St. Englmar, Germany
St. Englmar is a charming resort area located in the Bavarian Forest. The skiing is incredible and the prices quite reasonable. There are loads of après ski activities in which to partake.
Mountain Creek ski resort   Mountain Creek, Vernon, New Jersey, USA
Mountain Creek is a very popular ski resort in the metropolitan area. Because it is a lesser known facility to visitors, the prices are very reasonable. The terrain is varied and all trails are open for night skiing. Mountain Creek is only 47 miles from New York City so there are tons of things to do après ski or you can make a day trip there.


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