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The other option is a diy holiday. Self catering and apartment.

You could rent an apartment for 4 in France for 500 ish off season. Lift passes for 4 for maybe 650 - 700. if you drove and used the ferry then maybe 450 quid on tolls, fuel and ferry.

You could probably do a fairly parsimonious holiday in most alp resorts for less than 2k.

p.s. not in half term. The kids would have to throw a sickie.
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As someone that has done both resorts. I prefer the Bulgarian experience - simply because of the rowdy alcohol and good looking women (Banskos best ski bar is called "Happy End"). As a family you should go to Andorra - given the fact you're beginners you'll get better VFM in Arinsal/La Massana than Grand Valira. Enjoy.
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If you are not tied to school holidays then bansko is great. Been lots of times. No point going in school hols as queue is ridiculous as many have already said. Best time for Bansko is early/mid march. Lovely and quiet and great snow.
I have done Borovets too. I thought I was ok, but bansko gets my vote.


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Went to Bansko 3 times this season; Dec (over xmas), Feb and March by myself. December was great with most of the resort open, cost me £650 for a great HB hotel, skis, lift pass and lessons. Feb cost £550, same hotel etc but the gondola queue was in full effect. By myself I could get up and around early and avoid queues but for families, I could imagine it would be a nightmare. March was the best trip by far, nearly empty and the skiing was great - stayed AirBNB and the whole week cost was about £500.

I did get skis from a different shop (Ski Mania) than the ones operated by the TO, the kit was better and it opened earlier.

For me Bulgaria doesn't have the pretensions of other countries though you have to deal with some the consequences of it being cheap. Personally, I think it's underrated and gets a hard time for being busy and people not managing their expectations.

I notice Neilson is no longer going to Bulgaria and the hotel I stayed at is now considerably more expensive... could be a sign. However, I'll be booking a DIY trip there for next March.
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Bansko is not the most family friendly resort I can think of, but it is excellent value. Borovets is similar, but the ski area is a bit more varied there. For example, you get strip clubs (are there any other ski resorts with strip clubs?) and people outside restaurants trying to get you in to eat as you walk by the British-style pubs. It's totally safe, it's not dangerous (although watch out for holes in the pavements); it's just not 'chocolate-box' ski resort. Don't believe the pictures in the brochures...

Family friendly places I've been to where you might pick up a late deal: Morzine (might be expensive); Montgenevre, Mayrhofen (staying outside of town or even a different town), Courmayeur.
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You seem to be assuming fly-drive/transfer? Have you priced self-driving down to France? Yes I know it will be very busy but I just wondered if it was a viable alternative. After a nightmare TO transfer, we switched the family ski break to self-drive and self-catering apartment to keep costs down.
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(are there any other ski resorts with strip clubs?)

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johnE wrote:
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(are there any other ski resorts with strip clubs?)

Soelden in Austria


well now I know...
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What do you reckon?

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Terrain is ok, even some decent off trail if you're into it, lift system state of art, old town interesting, grub and pubs cheap ........ but .......

Can get insanely busy, slopes and gondola, and I imagine it could be a nightmare as a family.

Also conditions can be patchy, early season, so if you're still determined to go, book last minute and go with BH as a package. I'd be surprised if you can't get a last minute deal cheaper, but if you're the type that needs one 'in the bag', sign up for emails and see what comes up.

Did a last minute cheapie to Pamp/Chep in late Jan for about £390 HB all in (no lessons), but deals earlier in Jan were about £70 cheaper IIRC. More laid back than Bansko, still some good terrain, especially Mechi Chal, short bus to slopes mainly. Main trunk lifts are express 3-6 seaters, but the old two man over the back is archaic and slow ...... take a flask.
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