As the winter is soon approaching, so too are the winter blues. The perfect way to beat them is by booking a short ski break. With the emergence of more and more hostels in different ski destinations, a break on the slopes is now more and more affordable.
Hostelworld.com lists over 10,000 hostels worldwide. Thankfully for winter activities enthusiasts, many of these happen to be in some of the world’s best ski towns and resorts.
New Hampshire’s White Mountains are one of the most popular places to go skiing in New England. Along with downhill skiing and snowboarding, in this resort you can also go snow tubing, ice skating, sleighing, snowmobiling and more.
HI White Mountains in Conway, New Hampshire offer 4/6-bed mixed dorms from $21.20pppn.
Interlaken in Switzerland is the gateway to a total of three resorts – Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren. Arguably the most popular is Grindelwald. Its ‘First-Bussalp’ area isn’t only good for skiing and snowboarding but perfect for hiking and sledging too. Wengen, which lies at the foot of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau massif is popular due to the Lauberhorn World Cup Ski Race which is held there in January while Mürren is popular with families. The town Interlaken itself is the perfect place to stop for a while as it boasts amazing scenery.
Balmers Herberge in Interlaken offers 8/10/12-bed dorms from $20.86pppn, 4/3-bed privates from $25.68pppn, twin-privates from $29pppn .
The city of Bariloche is the main stop off point for the Argentinean Patagonia. It is also the gateway to Cerro Catedral, regarded by many as the most important ski center in the southern hemisphere. When not gaping at the views of the nearby lakes, skiers can take part in heli-sking among other activities, while those wanting a break from the slopes can try their hand at paragliding.
Bariloche Hostel in Bariloche, Argentina offers 4-bed mixed/female dorms from $7.76pppn.
Found at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser Mountains in Austria, St Johann in Tirol, Austria is part of the 'Schneewinkel' pass which offers skiers no fewer than 182kms of runs. Along with skiing and snowboarding, some of the most popular activities include tobogganing, skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides and swimming!
Alpine Extreme in St Johann in Tirol offers double-private ensuites from $56.50pppn.