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Agence France-Presse
December 03, 2012
Ski season is just around the corner and looking for the right slopes at the right price can seem like a challenging tasks. To help those enthusiastic skiers with a reasonable budget make the right choice, British daily The Guardian and the travel website Skyscanner have both published lists of affordable ski resorts around the world for the upcoming season.



While The Guardian's choices are more traditional, including resorts in well known places in the French Alps, Austria and Switzerland, Skyscanner's choices are almost all located in Eastern Europe. But perhaps the main difference between the two lists is budget. The average rate for a six-day pass in The Guardian's list is around £180 ($286) compared to an average cost of aorund £90 ($143) in the SkyScanner list.

Guardian's editors picks:

Soll, Austria, the learn-to-ski resort, was also singled out by The Telegraph as the "best ski resort for value". Six-day ski pass for £188 ($298). Nearest airport: Innsbruck.

Montgenèvre, France, this family-friendly resort is located on the French side of the border in the linked Italy/France area. Montgenèvre's 400km (248m) of pistes on the Milky Way are fit for beginners and intermediates. It too was praised by The Telegraph as an "unpretentious, family-friendly resort with plenty of traditional Alpine charm." Six-day Milky Way ski pass £185 ($294). Nearest airport: Turin.

La Tzoumaz, Switzerland, located in the Four Valleys, this village allows access to the pricey but spectacular 410km (254m) of slopes of Verbier. It also offers affordable accommodation and restaurants. Six-day Four Valleys lift pass £234 ($371). Nearest airport: Geneva.

Avajan, in the French Pyrénées, is an alternative to the French Alpine resorts offering small villages frequented by Spanish and French skiers. Six-day St Lary lift pass £192 ($305). Nearest airport: Toulouse.

St Martin de Bellevile, France is located in the Three Valleys ski area next to Méribel, Courcheval and Val Thorens and has access to 600km (372m) of piste. Six-day Three Valleys pass £207 ($329), six-day Méribel pass £170 ($270). Nearest airport: Chambéry.

Hochfügen, Austria allows access to Mayrhofen and its 617km (383m) of pistes at affordable prices. Located next to the Hitertux glacier, constant and good snow is guaranteed throughout the season. A week's Zillertal SuperSki pass is available for £173 ($275). Nearest airport: Innsbruck.

Les Houches, France is located at the bottom of the Chamonix Valley, an excellent option for extreme skiers. Six-day Mont Blanc unlimited pass £212 ($337), six-day Les Houches pass £147 ($233). Nearest airport: Geneva.

Andermatt, Switzerland is a great option for confident skiers as its top lift soars 2,963 meters. Offers a £165 ($262) week pass, one of the cheapest compared to other Swiss resorts in the region. Closest airport: Zurich.

Jay Peak, Vermont, US with an investment of $200m in infrastructure, Jay Peak has become a top-class resort offering an indoor waterpark, ice arena, golf course as well as skiing and snowboarding pistes. Five-day lift pass for £309 ($491). Nearest airport: Boston.

Ogden, Utah, US was described by The Guardian as an "amazing-value destination," this city is located near Salt Lake City airport with access to resorts such as Snowbasin, Wolf Creek or Powder Mountain.

Skyscanner suggestions:

Poiana-Brasov, Romania, a good option for beginners and intermediate skiers, Poiana Brasov is the best known Romanian ski resort among budget travelers with a six-day pass lift for £87 ($138). Nearest airport: Bucharest.

Vogel, Slovenia offers a good number of off-piste options for experienced skiers as well as easier ones for beginners. The best feature of the resort perhaps is its locations, just next to the Bohinj Lake. A six-day pass lift is available for £113 ($179). Nearest airport: Ljubljana.

Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic with 23 lifts and 20 runs, this resort is suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers. The six-day ski pass is available for £96 ($152). Nearest airport: Prague.

Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina offers around 20km of pistes as well as night skiing. Jahorina served as the site of the women's alpine skiing events during the 1984 Winter Olympic Games. The six-day ski pass is available for £74 ($117). Nearest airport: Sarajevo.