Best budget-friendly ski resorts

Finding the perfect balance between price and quality is not always easy. Many ski resorts in the Alps ask such exorbitant prices that it seems like you need to be a millionaire to go there! But never fear, you don’t have to sacrifice your ski holidays just because your budget is too small. There are plenty of resorts that offer totally acceptable skiing for a reasonable price!

© Les Orres
France, Les Orres

Les Orres is a sunny, welcoming ski resort with a pedestrianized village centre. In terms of skiing there is something on offer for every ability level, with high-altitude nursery slopes and some very good freeriding terrain. Read more...

  • 100km of pistes
  • Altitude: 1550-2720m
  • Light, dry snow resembles “champagne powder” of the Rockies
© Les Rousses
France, Les Rousses

This peaceful family-friendly ski area nestled in the Jura Mountains is so easy on the wallet that it even offers a few free areas that don’t require a lift pass. In your down time, explore over 200km of cross-country trails. Read more...

  • 50km of pistes
  • Altitude: 1120-1680m
  • Historical architecture; views of Mont Blanc
© Livigno
Italy, Livigno

Livigno is a real bargain, with ski-in, ski-out accommodation and modern facilities. Beginner and intermediate skiers can explore 95km of slopes, while freestylers will love the snow parks and experts the off-piste. Read more...

  • 115km of pistes
  • Altitude: 1816-2800m
  • Tax-free
© Vaujany
France, Vaujany

One of the calmer corners of L’Alpe D’Huez, using Vaujany as your starting point is a great way to beat the crowds. Ski through the trees in a winter wonderland and then head down to the cosy village centre for a touch of après. Read more...

  • 53km of pistes
  • Altitude: 1150-3300m
  • One of the largest gondolas in the world
© Pierre Saint Martin

La Pierre Saint Martin is on the small side, the ideal choice for children and amateur freestylers. The resort is snowboard-friendly, with a high proportion of chairlifts. Incredible views make up for limited après-ski. Read more...

  • 27km of pistes
  • Altitude : 1527-2153m
  • 100% ski-in, ski-out
© Thollon-les-Mémises

This gorgeous ski area with views over Lake Geneva is best suited to beginner and intermediate skiers, with a dedicated children’s area and a funpark. The picturesque town has origins in the 12th century. Read more...

  • 50km of slopes
  • Altitude : 760-1975m
  • Small, family-friendly ski resort
© Arinsal
Andorra, Arinsal

The Andorran ski resort of Arinsal features picturesque runs through the trees and is an especially good choice for snowboarders, thanks to its huge freestyle area. Down in the quaint village there is a healthy après-ski scene. Read more...

  • 63km of pistes
  • Altitude: 1550-2625m
  • Popular with young people
© Sauze d'Oulx
Italy, Sauze d'Oulx

A long-time British favourite, this Italian resort enjoys access to 400km of slopes in the Via Lattea ski area, with extensive terrain for intermediate skiers. Vibrant nightlife and top-notch cuisine round off the experience. Read more...

  • 400km of pistes (Via Lattea)
  • Altitude: 1350-2823m (Via Lattea)
  • Gladed skiing; best-suited to intermediate skiers
© Alpbach
France, Alpbach

Together with Wildschönau, Alpbach forms the Ski Juwel ski area, one of the largest in Tirol. This resort never seems to get crowded; this, plus the easily-accessible practice slopes, make it a beginner’s paradise. Read more...

  • 130km of pistes (Ski Juwel)
  • Altitude: 650-2025m (Ski Juwel)
  • Beautiful, tranquil setting
© Aussois
France, Aussois

This Famille Plus-certified ski area is a fantastic choice for children and first-time skiers. Sunny slopes and a traditional village atmosphere with frequent festivities set the stage for a relaxing family vacation. Read more...

  • 50km of pistes
  • Altitude: 1500-2750m
  • High altitude and snowmaking cannons mean snow is guaranteed