Choosing the most popular winter resorts in Europe
Jasna: the best ski resort in Slovakia
Jasna is located at the foot of the Chopok Mountains (Low Tatras mountain range) on the north side.
This is the largest and most complex ski area in the country. The transfer from the nearest airport in Poprad takes 45 minutes. True Jasna – rather a big village than a ski resort in the traditional European understanding. But the classification is not important, if there is everything, so that even advanced skiers and snowboarders are happy throughout the week.
In total, in recent years, about 132 million euros have been invested in the resort. Due to this new 10 km long lifts appeared. They work on both sides of the mountain, and along them are shops, cozy hotels, bars and restaurants.
Half of the slopes at the resort belong to the slopes of medium difficulty, and about 30% for advanced levels. So there are more routes for extreme lovers and professionals here than at many European resorts. In comparison with the ski resorts of the Alps, 49 kilometers of trails in Jasna may not seem impressive. But do not forget that there are still significant areas for freeride and two landscaped parks.
Winter holidays in Italy: you will enjoy the resort of Livigno
This resort is considered one of the most inaccessible ski resorts in Europe. Three hours will need to get here from the Austrian city of Innsbruck. And from the Italian airports and even longer. But it is worth to overcome this inconvenience in order to enjoy excellent service, quality of snow and very affordable prices. The main reason why this resort is considered inexpensive is its tax status since Napoleon times. There is no VAT on most goods and services, so drinks, food and gasoline are among the cheapest in Europe.
Actual tours to Italy!
In Livigno, you will enjoy the atmospheric restaurants and pubs that were the resort’s oldest wooden houses. Among the tourists, this resort is nicknamed Little Tibet. All because it is safely hidden from all. The remote village stretches along a 10-kilometer-long mountain road, which ends at an altitude of 1,816 m, near the Swiss border. But the snow season is guaranteed from November to May.
Even real pros in winter sports are going to relax in Livigno. First of all, because here you can do heliskiingom.
Note: Heliskiing is a type of freeride that consists of descending from pristine snowy peaks, away from popular trails. To climb to the top using a helicopter.
There are also separate areas for children and beginners to ride. And a separate professionally equipped park for tricks with jumps, rails and airbags.
Bansko in Bulgaria does not leave the rankings of the best European ski resorts
Tourist Bulgaria is far from the perfect view. But the incredibly beautiful nature, along with investments in tourism infrastructure, are doing their job – the country attracts more and more tourists both in summer and in winter. And its ski resort Bansko is popular among Europeans from different countries. About 15 years ago, the appearance of the ski resort was influenced by significant investments.
More than 25 million euros were spent on snowmaking, smart lifts and a contactless walk-through system. All this led to the emergence of new hotels, restaurants, equipment rental centers, and so on. Now Bansko is a harmonious combination of the old town and the modern ski resort. But its main advantage is the availability of rest. Especially in comparison with the resorts of the Alps. Food prices, for example, are four times lower here.
Utilitarian cafes and shops from the last century, which served the city center before the advent of mass tourism, were replaced by boutiques, pizzerias and wine bars. There are also many traditional pubs called mehans, often with live music. Prices here are low, and overall, this is a fun place. Traditionally, tourists travel to Bansko en masse from late December to late February. In the peak season can not avoid the queues at the lifts and restaurants.
Pas de la Casa in Andorra – the best place for winter crazy parties
The resort has grown quite high in the mountains in the duty-free area near the border of Andorra and France. And tours to Andorra on this resort are more and more interested in our tourists.
Pas de la Casa is part of the vast Grandvalira ski area at an altitude of about 2 thousand meters above sea level. Here is the largest area for skiing in the whole country. Now the resort has 55 routes. Most of them belong to the black and red tracks. There are also green and blue trails.
An interesting fact: most tourists come here from France. First, the prices are much cheaper than in the French resorts. Secondly, native France can be seen from the window of the hotel room.
Without exaggeration, we can say that there are places for skiers and snowboarders to roam around. There are areas for freeride.