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Hostels in resorts? Need to get away cheap!

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Hi Snowheads, I'm looking to get away for a short trip this January in between my university exams. I haven't got time for a full week and I generally hate package tours anyway, I'd much rather book some cheap flights and find the cheapest accom I can. With that in mind, I am looking for good recommendations of ski resorts with hostels (or other cheap accom) that are within easy reach of an airport with some budget carriers going to it. I had in mind the Gasthof Zillertal in Mayrhofen, but since Monarch went tits up, the other carriers to Innsbruck seem to have all put their prices up. That's capitalism for you.

Since I'm a student, I'm discounting France and Switzerland as I don't fancy paying €8 a pint.

Cheers!
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Italy? Half board hotels with a minibus to the slopes can be pretty cheap & flights to Milan are always pretty reasonable
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Italy? Half board hotels with a minibus to the slopes can be pretty cheap & flights to Milan are always pretty reasonable
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Glen Coe.
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Chamonix / Argentiere.
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Try this place, Gite le Belvedere in Argentiere (France). Very cheap and a good atmosphere (run by an English lad called Ben). Don't take my word for it, look on tripadvisor. I'm in my mid-40s now, with fairly high expectations. This place exceeded them! Rooms/beds from 20to25E. They are licensed to sell their own beer on site at 2E (otherwise the local pubs are more like 5-6E, rather than 8E). Great skiing for all close by, with easy flights to Geneva and numerous cheap transfer companies to the door (we've used Alpybus from Geneva). The nearby skiing caters for all (on the same pass). Argentiere - Grand Montets for advanced, Argentiere (on piste) and Flagere-Brevent for intermediates, and for some easier cruising there's La Tour.
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France: http://www.fuaj.org/en/

Italy: https://www.aighostels.it/

Austria: http://www.jugendherberge.at/
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@achilles has a point if ( definitely if) you can carpe diem and the snow/weather Gods are on your side ( and you don't mind tow lifts). Tour the resorts if you have transport.
Saves on the travel and time, but whether it's really cheaper ( self catering? Hostel?) is questionable, and may lack a certain social apres aspect, depending on where you stay rolling eyes
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5 nights half board in engelberg youth hostel and a 4 day lift pass will set you back about £350, short train ride from Zurich and plenty of flights to there. Deepest snowpack in Europe supposedly
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Chalet Chardons.
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Action Outdoors (UCPA) 4 day break from for less than £420 at several different French resorts. All inclusive accommodation, meals, lift pass and equipment hire. Only need flight and transfer.
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Chamonix Chalet Ski Station.

20 euros per day. Unbelievable price for a place few meters from Brévent lift.

It’s a functional hostel. I would definitely repeat.
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Italy,
half board, 3* star hotel

we are going Jan, soon

Typically 450 euro, one person , one room
half board
wellness centre

450 includes HB, and full area lift pass 6 nights
similar price in March

Usually in a satellite town , 10km from lift
use hired car to drive to lift
or free bus


Fly Milan, BGY or Treviso

Car hire from Bgy 6 days approx 70e, 7 days , incl chains

if you stay in a traditional ski town, ie Madonna Di Camp, add 300e minimum to above prices

Use google maps, stay in a satellite town enroute, with easy access to a lift
Use google maps... Pick a town of your choice , in maps, type "hotel" in search bar, to see hotels, and proximity to lifts

use hotel website, email , prices that method will usually incl lift pass

Prices above Jan , and perhaps more mar

Enjoy
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Cheap deal with snowcoach?
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@huw_jenks, flights to Munich are often cheaper, though the transfer is a bit longer.
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Borovets in Bulgaria? Flights are pretty cheap, transfers take just over an hour from Sofia. Everything there is cheap. Not much skiing but enough for a long weekend. You can do four nights B&B, flights, transfers, 3-day lift pass and ski hire for £300.
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I went to zell am ziller the week before Xmas. I flew to Munich with easyjet. Hired a car with expedia £95 for week drove 2hr (need to get vigniette €9 for austria)
Stayed in bnb for €26.80 per night (booked through tourist office) including breakfast.
Huge area to ski
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In Glencoe you can camp just outside the pub. (Or you could, it was a long time ago; I was at school, we weren't skiing but there was plenty of snow and others were. Do people still do it?)
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Bad Gastein:

http://www.hostel-badgastein.at/

http://www.euro-youth-hotel.at/
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Thanks for the advice folks, lots to think about there. Leaning towards Scotland at the moment. I have touring kit, and I went to Aviemore a couple of years back and had a great time, always said I'd ski Scotland again. Not Cairngorm though, not very happy about the way they choose to run the mountain...

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Cheap deal with snowcoach?


I hope that's a joke...
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For Scotland keep an eye on the ski areas facebook pages. When are you thinking of going?
Check the MWIS weather forecast it's pretty accurate. Also winterhighland webcams. Try and not go at the weeks d's as if there is snow it will be busy.
It's just so unpredictable, I have been going abroad the last few years and just grabbing the odd day in Scotland when conditions suit.
Good luck.
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@huw_jenks, forecast for Scotland windy over weekend and looking wild next week. Personally I’d head to the Alps (and I’m a very keen local!).

@James the Last, Kings House hotel shut pending major renovations which look as though they may have a very different aspirational target market than campers out the back. Sad. It was needing refreshed but the plans don’t sit comfortably with me. You’ll find some coverage of contentious planning applications on bbc news website if you’re interested.
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huw_jenks wrote:
Thanks for the advice folks, lots to think about there. Leaning towards Scotland at the moment. I have touring kit, and I went to Aviemore a couple of years back and had a great time, always said I'd ski Scotland again. Not Cairngorm though, not very happy about the way they choose to run the mountain...

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I hope that's a joke...


We met once a long time ago and agreed on the omnishambles that was Snowcoach customer service. Very Happy
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Youth hostel in Tignes led Boisses/1850.
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Hostel Gite la Chamionard Volante in Chamonix. From Euros 22 per night for a shared dorm.Use Chamexpress or one of the other cheap transfers from Geneva. It is basic but if price is your priority it should work.
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@huw_jenks, can highly recommend the youth hostel in St Moritz, the bus stops outside the front door, they do a half board deal, the beer is reasonably priced, and you won't believe its a youth hostel https://www.youthhostel.ch/de/hostels/st-moritz
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