Europe does snow in a huge and spectacular way – think close to 500 ski lifts and resort facilities that will blow you away without blowing the budget at the same time. Choose from a range of lodges and hotel rooms with shared or private facilities or even self-contained apartments when it comes to snow accommodation – you’re spoilt for choice in Europe.
Despite its reputation for being the best place to set off for a ski in the world, there are some cheap ski holidays in Europe on offer that Student Flights can help you snag. Student Flights can help you arrange a cheap and cheerful 8-day ski tour of Austria or somewhere in Eastern Europe, or help you get to the Italian Dolomites, Swiss Alps, Val D’Isere or Chamonix – all with cheap flights and great accommodation and transfer packages.
From France’s largest skiing area and the hometown of Jean-Claude Killy, Val D’Isere offers some of the best snow time in the Alps, with 300 kilometres of snow and free-ride options too – ask a Student Flights travel consultant how to snap up the best deals. You might also like to check out the Three Valleys of Courcheval, Meribel and Val Thorens - all making up Europe’s largest ski and snow region with spectacular views to boot.
Heading north by train, you can discover Norway where you can get some experience in cross-country skiing as a number of the resorts have gone green and de-commissioned their lift systems and where après-ski is done either in a sauna or with a plateful of reindeer steaks. Like Norway, Switzerland also does trains, but thankfully also does lifts. With 243 ski resorts and mountain railways, the best resorts can be reached in just an 11-hour train journey from central London. Engelberg has extensive off-piste where a guide is recommended, Meiringen has near-empty slopes with soft snow, and Zermatt has the nightlife - Hotel de la Poste is the hot spot in this party town.
Wherever you decide to ski in Europe and whatever level your experience, there are plenty of amazing resorts and landscapes to enjoy your ski Europe holiday. There are such a huge number of options in terms of cheap ski holidays to Europe, it's almost impossible to work out where to start. Fortunately no matter what sort of budget you're looking to blow, there's cheap holidays at just about every turn. The premier Europe ski destination is France with legendary resorts such as Val D'Isere, Alpe D'Huez and Chamonix among dozens of others. All are sufficiently high in the mountains to guarantee good snow for pretty much all of the winter season, but try and head to those 1,800 metres or higher if you want to increase your chances of good falls.
For the best après-ski action, Chamonix is one of the liveliest centres to ski in Europe - check out L'Elevation1904, a popular bar and café packed with plasma screens showing international sports. Other top night clubs are 'The Garage', 'Cantina' and the very popular 'La Choucas - packed full with aninternational crowd. There are plenty of other options to ski Europe including other regions in the Alps such as the Austrian centres of Innsbruck and the exclusive Kitzbuel, or the Italian regions such as Cervinia on the side of the Matterhorn or Cortina d' Ampezzo. Obergurgl in Austria has great red and blue runs from the highest points above 3,000 metres, plus all the good old Austrian village stuff including big meals, beery oompah après-ski, and bemulleted DJs at the discos.