Skiing in Eastern Europe

Most people flock to the slopes of Western Europe for their ski vacations. For a cheaper and more adventurous option, check out these Eastern European skiing hotspots!

This former Soviet Republic is slowly making a name for itself in the world of winter sports enthusiasts. Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo are just a few of the great resorts scattered through the various Bulgarian mountain ranges. The price is said to be half that of the resorts to the west and the nightlife is considered to be some of the best in the continent. While you may not get the steepness of the Alps, Bulgarian skiing is a great place to fly down a mountain on a pair of skis.

The Tatra mountain range of Slovakia is one of the most underrated in the continent. The quality and steepness of the Slovak mountains is impressive and the country is considered to be the new frontier in European skiing. While the quality of chairlifts may not be up to Western standards and the names of the resorts are absolutely impossible to pronounce, skiing in Slovakia is an adventurous and cheap option to enjoy the slopes.

Poland possesses some of the most frequented peaks in the Eastern half of Europe. The price alone makes this nation worth a visit during ski season where a fortress of mountains exist forming a wall with Slovakia. Known as the ‘winter capital of Poland’, Zakapone reigns supreme in the best and most popular resort in the country. Modern ski resorts and cheap alcohol add to the appeal of this Eastern ski destination.

The mysterious nation bordering the Black Sea is home to some great skiing that is often overlooked when choosing a place to visit in Europe. While the infrastructure can be irritating if you are used to the high-standards of the west, the experience is worth ever frustration. In the Ukraine you will find many different large and small resorts, some of which you will be unlikely to see another western visitor in your quaint mountain town surroundings.

While formerly known for a brutal war, Serbia is emerging as another fantastic skiing destination in Eastern Europe. Popular with British tourists, the resorts in Serbia are becoming increasingly more modern every year. The variety in terrain makes it a good place for families, but the prices and nightlife tend to draw a more rambunctious crowd. Kapaonik is one of the best places to ski in a corner of the world that most people rarely think about.

By Alex Vere Nicoll