Skiing in fresh powder, enjoying a beer in the sun, indulging in fondue – sounds idyllic, right? Skiing is a sport many of us travellers love, but it’s not the most pleasing for the purse strings. Or is it?! We’ve got some TOP ski hostels from as little as £8 a night (yep, you read that right), so all you have to worry about is which slope you’re gonna hit up next.
Imagine bunking with your mates, waking up to a day of powder and enjoying a cosy home cooked meal by the fire, plus extras like jacuzzis – it’s all waiting for you in these hostels! Read on for the best ski hostels in Europe.
Hostels in France
Chamonix Lodge, Chamonix
The gorgeous Chamonix Lodge hostel is in one of the best destinations for skiing in France – the Chamonix Valley, at the foot of the imposing Mont Blanc. There are slopes for all levels of skiing including an awesome descent of 24km through La Vallee Blanche (The White Valley). Once you’ve ridden that powder, warm up by the fireplace and recover for the evening with the hostel’s sauna, jacuzzi and breakfast all included – sounds heavenly, right?!
RockyPop Hotel, Chamonix
For those looking for hotel vibes with hostel prices, RockyPop Hotel is hard to beat. They offer private rooms and take you to the ski slopes in the morning and pick you up in the afternoon. There’s also live music, a ski shop and loads of games. Who said you only ski on a ski trip?!
Ho36 Les Ménuires, Les Ménuires, France
Just check out the rooms in this baby! Ho36 hostel Ménuires is a new hostel RIGHT at the foot of the slopes. Located in the enormous Three Valleys area, in Les Ménuires, this hostel is in an ideal situation if you want to explore the endless pistes. Even if you’re not a skier or snowboarder, the hostel can also organise mountain sledding, ice skating and other sports. There’s even a restaurant and bar to refuel after a hard day riding that powder.
Hostels in Switzerland
Balmers Hostel, Interlaken
The Swiss Alps are notoriously expensive, but Interlaken is the perfect destination for those who still want to enjoy this beautiful part of the world. Balmers Hostel has oodles of charm – it’s picturesque, friendly, and homely – not to mention it has a jacuzzi, perfect to relax those muscles after a long day of skiing. Take advantage of the free ski bus to reach the lower mountains and cable cars.
Youthhostel Zermatt, Zermatt
Imagine waking up to views of the Matterhorn in the highest ski resort in Europe – well, that dream can now become a reality! Zermatt’s dreamy ski pistes are endless, and the Youthhostel Zermatt is just 15 minutes from the slopes. It has all the comforts of a hotel minus the price tag, with a sun terrace, ski room, and super friendly staff.
Hostels in Andorra
Mountain Hostel Tarter, El Tarter
Mountain Hostel Tarter is just 500m from the slopes of Grandvalira in the laid-back resort of El Tarter, and offers all the winter activities you can imagine, including mountain excursions if you ever get bored of the piste. After a long day on Andorra’s slopes, chill out in their outdoor heated jacuzzi surrounded by snow with a beer or two – we’re sold!
Hostels in Germany
Old Kings Füssen Design Hostel, Füssen
Want to feel like a king?! Old Kings Füssen Design Hostel is for you! Inspired by royalty, with this theme throughout, the 500-year-old building lies within the medieval walled enclosure in the beautiful Füssen. It’s just 15 minutes from the Tegelberg ski area, and they also offer bike rental to explore the mountains and lakes nearby.
Bavaria City Hostel-Design Hostel, Füssen
Bavaria City Hostel-Design Hostel in the romantic town of Füssen is ideal if you’re looking for great skiing with low prices. Rooms start from as little as 17 euros, and the hostel is just a 15-minute bus from the Tegelberg slopes.
Hostels in Italy
La Batise, Aosta
Italy isn’t known for its affordability, but at La Batise hostel you can get all the perks without the price tag. From just 19 euros, your room includes breakfast, which will set you up to explore the hundreds of km of slopes of the Aosta Valley. It not only has a huge expanse of slopes, but also offers cross-country skiing through beautiful forests.
Hostels in Slovakia
Hostel Cafe Razy, Poprad
Hostel Cafe Razy offers mountain-style rooms with a fantastic restaurant and lounge bar, and is just 15 minutes from the ski slopes of Tatranska Lomnica and Starý Smokovec. To explore further afield, head to the nearby beautiful forest park, Kvetnica, or the charming historical area of Spisska Sobota.
Penzion Plesnivec, Poprad
Penzion Plesnivec is super cosy, homely, offers a €5 breakfast, and is only 15 minutes away from the High Tatras Mountains’ ski resorts. If you can hack it after a long day skiing, there’s even a nightclub open from 7pm!
Hostels in Romania
Hostel Boemia, Brasov
Hostel Boemia is situated in the excellent (and cheap) ski resort of Poiana Braşov. It offers modern, bright rooms, free breakfast, and you’re within walking distance to the ski slopes. If you fancy something a little different, you’re also in close proximity to Dracula’s lair, Bran Castle!
JugendStube Hostel, Brasov
JugendStube Hostel is super cosy and homely – and just a quick 15-minute walk away from the slopes. They also offer paragliding, ziplining and paintball (in case skiing didn’t tire you out enough!).
Hostels in Poland
Good Bye Lenin Hostel Zakopane, Zakopane
If you want possibly the world’s cheapest ski trip, head to Poland. Zakopane offers great skiing, great food, and AMAZING prices, plus Good Bye Lenin Hostel offers rooms from only 9 euros a night. Who said skiing was pricey?!
Top Hostel, Zakopane
The Top Hostel is another fantastic option for cheap skiing in Poland. Rooms start from just 8 euros AND breakfast is included!
Hostels in Spain
You may think of Granada as a summer destination, but it actually offers great skiing options. HostelVITA is an amazing choice – relax on the terrace with a beer (or hot chocolate!) to enjoy spectacular views of the city and the Sierra Nevada itself – it’s just a half hour journey to the slopes. Rooms start from just 17 euros a night which includes a free tour of Granada.
Polaroid Siesta Hostel, Granada
Another fantastic option is the super sociable Polaroid Siesta Hostel, with a huge terrace and modern design. It’s in the centre of Granada and offers rooms from only 11 euros a night.
Hotel Hipic Valle De Aran-Pirineo De Lerida, Valle De Aran
The ski slopes of Baqueira Beret are another destination great for skiing in Spain. The Hipic Valle De Aran-Pirineo De Lerida Hotel is just 15 minutes away, and offers discounted ski passes, rentals and classes.
Hostels in the Czech Republic
Hotel Krakonoš, Rokytnice nad Jizerou
Hotel Krakonoš is just a 5-minute drive from the Mariánské Lázně ski area and gives discounts for equipment rental and lessons. It also offers a free bus to the slopes and a restaurant with traditional Czech food to refuel after a long day of skiing.
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Don’t forget to visit the Christmas markets wherever you go!