5 great ski destinations on a budget

Date Posted: 14/12/2012

Group Travel Ski Holidays on a Budget - Scuol, Switzerland

If you fancy the thrills of the slopes, but want to watch the pennies, take a look at these great group travel ideas for a ski holiday on a budget.

The people in your group may share a love of the slopes but a skiing holiday might seem a little out of the budget.

Hostelling International has a variety of hostels available in ski locations, which are all reasonably priced - even over the peak season - and offer family, double, single and multi-share rooms.

Each hostel is within easy reach of a mountain cable car station and can offer advice and help with booking ski lessons, hiring equipment and participation in other winter inspired activities.

The great advantage of a group holiday staying at a hostel is not only the affordable accommodation, but also the atmosphere - as many other like-minded travellers will also be staying in the hostel, as well as other keen skiers who can advise a group travel organiser of events and nearby activities.

1. Scuol Hostel (Switzerland)

The very modern and expensively decorated Scuol hostel is conveniently located within a five minute walk of the Scuol Tarasp Railway Station, making it easily accessible and a great destination for groups visiting from the UK.

The hostel's peak time is during ski season, from December through to April, however it offers affordable and high quality accommodation for those on a budget all year round. For parties of winter sports enthusiasts, the main mountain cable car station is located directly opposite the hostel and there are several nearby ski hire shops for those wishing to try it out for the first time.

The hostel provides half board accommodation, with a three-course evening menu, free Wi-Fi and an open fire - in case the cold weather gets a bit too much. Prices start from £38.07 per night, half board.

Valbella YHA hostel ideal for Group Travel, Switzerland

2. Interlaken Hostel (Switzerland)

As one of our newer hostels, Interlaken provides you with a real ski lodge experience - with the added benefit of modern décor and facilities. You'll find it nestled within the mountains, so it's close to ski lifts and ski rental shops, and staff can help organise participation in a variety of winter sports.

With a south-facing terrace, the hostel offers breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains and the cosy lounge with an open fireplace is open 24 hours a day if anyone in your group is feeling the cold.

A variety of family, double and group rooms are available throughout the ski season. Prices start from £25.29 per night.

3. Lenzerheide-Valbella (Switzerland)

With views overlooking the picturesque Lake Heid and the mountainous landscapes of the Valbella resort (pictured), this popular hostel is ideal for nature lovers and ski enthusiasts alike. It's located directly adjacent to the Valbella ski lift and is within easy reach of nearby ski rental shops and restaurants.

An evening meal, breakfast and Wi-Fi is included in the room price, and the hostel staff are on hand to ensure your group has access to local information and tips on how to enjoy their skiing holiday to its full potential. For adventure-seekers who want to enjoy some fast-paced fun off the skis, a visit to the nearby alpine slide 'Pradaschier' is a must. The 3 kilometre toboggan run is said to be Europe's longest and has even been described as 'better than some roller coasters'.

4. Whistler (Canada)

This brand new, purpose-built hostel not only provides affordable accommodation within walking distance of the popular ski resort, Whistler, but it also played a large part in the 2010 winter Olympics. Who knows, perhaps you could stay in one of the Olympic Gold Medalists' rooms during your stay? Just minutes from the ski slopes, the hostel is well located for groups of winter sports enthusiasts.

Skiiing in Whistler Canada - Whistler Hostel

As well as providing a state-of-the-art ski/snowboard area for guests, the hostel has a TV lounge with a DVD library, a café and bar, as well as an outdoor terrace, offering winter BBQs for guests during the ski season. Accommodation is arranged into family, double and single rooms, each with their own en-suite bathroom.

A variety of family, double and group rooms are available throughout the ski season. Prices start from £42.49 per night (double room).

5. Lake Louise Alpine Centre (Canada)

Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, surrounded by majestic mountains, alpine meadows and gem-like lakes, HI-Lake Louise Alpine Centre is the destination of choice for group travel organisers who want to experience a world-class ski resort.

For guests who wish to recover from the cold, the hostel also offers a sauna, a cosy fire lit library and a licensed bar. Similarly, staff of the hostel can assist in organising a variety of winter inspired activities such as husky sledding, cross-country ski trails and hiking.

A variety of family, double and group rooms are available throughout the ski season. Prices start from £17.31 per night.

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