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Skiing on a budget

Who doesn't love the mountain air, freedom and excitement of skiing? Everyone has their favourite spots but hey, let's face it, skiing is expensive so we've come up with some cheaper, wallet friendly, options that you might like to try out.

1. Livigno, Italy

This 'duty-free zone' resort is on the border with Switzerland. It has reasonably priced food and drink, as well as modern lifts and offers good skiing for easy and intermediate level skiers. It also has a world class terrain park with plenty of jumps to keep snowboarders happy.

2. Montgenevre, France

At 1860m this is one of the highest resorts in France and also one of the oldest, situated on the border between France and neighbouring Italy in the Via Lattea ski area. A great family-friendly resort, ideal for beginners and intermediates with the run of 400km of piste in the Milky Way. There are many good deals on offer to come skiing here.

3. Andermatt, Switzerland

Close to famous resorts such as Zermatt and Verbier but without the price tag, Andermatt is only £165 for a week's pass. On a scale of Swiss ski resorts this is pretty reasonable! One for experienced skiers who are looking for a cheaper skiing option and want to get away from the madding crowd. 

4. Bansko, Bulgaria

If you want a week's skiing break without breaking the bank, Bulgaria is a great choice and Bansko is one of the best known. The lifts have been modernised and it offers great skiing for all levels, with 70km of runs and a five month season. A six day six pass is £138.

5. Kolasin, Montenegro

The Jezerine ski area has been described as similar to Japanese resorts with plenty of snow-covered slopes on offer. There has been a lot of modernisation here with new high-speed lifts and more to come apparently. It is suitable for skiers of all levels and you can stay in the nearby town of Kolasin, only 15 minutes from the ski area. A six-day ski pass is £78.

6. Jay Peak, Vermont, USA

On the East Coast of the US, one of the snowiest resorts in the region has recently had a make-over and been transformed into a modern, top-class ski resort. If you can find yourself a reasonably priced airlines ticket then you can have an affordable ski trip and one suitable for all the family.

Have you been to any of these resorts or have you got another you'd like to add to our list? Please let us know by commenting below and post your skiing photos and tips on the destination pages.

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