The Top 10 Ski Resorts of Eastern Europe
The emergence of a number of Eastern European ski resorts has been one of the main travel stories of the past few years. But it’s fair to say that some of these resorts have received something of a mixed reaction.
Those who like heading for the traditional resorts of France and Switzerland may find that Eastern European counterparts are somewhat basic by comparison. This has tended to mean that a trip to Bulgaria or the Czech Republic has been associated with a budget ski holiday, rather than being seen as a luxurious experience.
It’s true to say, however, that the situation has been changing quite rapidly. Here are 10 of the finest ski resorts that are on offer in Eastern Europe:
1. Borovets, Bulgaria
Bulgaria actually has quite a selection of resorts, but Borovets is the largest of them. A recent modernisation project has transformed the resort, which is located within easy reach of the international airport at Sofia.
2. Krkonose, Czech Republic
The Czech Republic, located at the very heart of Europe, is building a strong reputation as a destination for skiing. The Czech people love all winter sports and Krkonose is the most popular ski located.
Located within the highest mountain range in the country, Krkonose has a selection of individual resorts. Harrachov offers plenty of opportunities for downhill and cross-country skiing.
3. Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
With English-speaking tuition available, Kranjska Gora is a fantastic budget option for those who aren’t prepared to pay to visit bordering Austria.
4. Pamporovo, Bulgaria
The town of Pamporovo has been seen by many western European investors as a great place to buy property. As a result, this modern resort offers no shortage of chalet rental options.
The season here lasts between December and April, with Pamporovo boasting more sunshine hours than most other European resorts.
5. Jasna, Slovakia
Jasna actually has 4 separate resorts and more than 20 miles of skiing opportunities. Recent improvements mean that the slopes are also now serviced by no fewer than 23 separate ski lifts.
Use is also made of an artificial snow system, which ensures perfect skiing conditions throughout the year.
6. Poiana Brasov, Romania
With lively nightlife, this resort is becoming increasingly popular. It also offers 12 separate slalom runs and is best reached via the airport in Bucharest.
7. Zakopane, Poland
A beautiful location, which makes up for the relative lack of luxury. Most visitors to Zakopane ensure that they also visit the wonderful, nearby city of Krakow.
8. Zare Lazarevski, Macedonia
Located within a National Park, this resort is relatively small, but it’s also perfectly formed! Visitors to Macedonia are often surprised by the incredibly warm welcome and the relatively low prices. An excellent choice for those looking for a relatively quiet resort, where the budget goes a long way.
9. Bansko, Bulgaria
Bansko has a reputation for being a family-friendly resort, partly because many of the ski runs are certainly designed with beginners in mind.
It should be noted, however, that the centre of the town also boasts a lively nightlife scene. Families may prefer to stay a little closer to the outskirts.
10. Sovata, Romania
Combining the excitement of a ski resort, with the relaxation of being a major spa town, Sovata tends to attract a slightly older crowd than the other locations mentioned. It does, however, have plenty to appeal to people of all ages.
Many of the resorts mentioned above have been transformed in recent years. Indeed, the East European ski scene is changing at quite a pace and it’s likely that visitor numbers will continue to increase.
Although you can certainly save money by heading to Bulgaria, Poland, or Romania, the low costs are by no means the only selling point. There is much to discover and an enormous amount to enjoy.
About the author
Keith Barrett enjoys ski trips, both with family members and friends. He uses www.verbier.co to identify chalet rental opportunities