It is no secret that the best ski resorts of Europe are located in the Alps, where you’ll find superior hotels, amazing service, perfectly prepared trails, and … extremely high prices! While reputation remains important for many travelers, some tourists still search out more budget conscious destinations – especially if the quality is highly competitive. The point at issue is about ski resorts of Eastern Europe. In fact, the German web portal “SkiResort” together with the British magazine “The Independent” have prepared a small ranking of the resorts having the best features and the most modern infrastructures.
Ski resort of Bansko, Bulgaria
Region: foothills of the ridge Pirin, Bulgaria
Length of trails: 70 km
The longest trail: 16 km
Number of lifts: 14
Bansko is one of the largest and most popular ski resorts of Eastern Europe. With two main ski areas – Chalin Valog and Shiligarnika – Bansko has a set of trails with varying degrees of complexity (from amateur to extreme); the longest one (blue) has a length of 16 km. The tourist infrastructure is well-developed: there are many hotels and restaurants, and various festivals are held there.
Ski resort Kopaonik, Serbia
Region: National park Kopaonik, Serbia
Length of trails: 52 km
The longest trail: 4 km
Number of lifts: 23
The Kopaonik ski resort is located within the mountain range of the same name along the Serbia- Kosovo border. Over the last 10 years, the resort has undergone serious renovations, such that today it is a completely new system containing 11 ski lifts and slopes. There are multiple trails at the resort, both for beginners and experienced mountain skiers. There are also 12 km of cross-country ski trails.
Ski resort “It is Clear” – Slovakia
Region: Demenovsky valley, Low Tatra mountains (Hopok), Slovakia
Length of trails: 49 km
The longest trail: 7 km
Number of lifts: 30
It is clearly the largest ski resort of Slovakia consisting of two parts: Hopok Sever and Hopok Yug. Due to a wide variety of slopes and trails, the resort is often visited by both families with children and more advanced skiers.
Ski resort of Poyan Brashov, Romania
Region: Carpathians, Romania
Length of trails: 20 km
The longest trail: 4 km
Number of lifts: 11
This resort has been attracting fans of snow since the beginning of the 20th century – when Romania’s first alpine ski complex opened here in 1909. Today Poyana Brashov enjoys a second youth as infrastructure was completely updated in recent years; new ski lifts were constructed and eight trails of varying degrees of complexity opened. In addition, guests are offered a wide choice of restaurants and hotels, an artificial skating rink, and sports grounds. Moreover, if you are tired of skiing, you can go on an excursion to the mystical castle of the legendary count Dracula.
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