For many parents, the only affordable way to give their children the opportunity of experiencing skiing abroad is through a school ski trip. Teachers who arrange a school ski trip are aware that with many family budgets stretched, finding a ski trip that matches cost with a quality experience is a key factor.
Here are our top recommended budget resorts for the 2017/18 ski season:
Vallnord - Andorra
Combining the three resorts - Arinsal, Pal and Arcalis, there is no shortage of skiing in the area with around 100km of piste on offer. With a respectable height of 2560m the snow record is good too and the area is ideal for school groups with beginners and intermediates looking to progress swiftly. Beginners often start on the easy slopes at Pal, then progress to Arinsal for more challenging terrain. The ballpark cost per pupil by coach for an all inclusive package which includes lessons, ski equipment hire, bed and comes in from around £645. And remember Andorra is duty free, so there are savings to be had there too
Alp 2500 - Spain
Situated in the Spanish pyrenees, Alp 2500 is the largest ski area in Catalonia, and famous for being Europe’s sunniest ski resort whilst enjoying a great snow record.combines the twin resorts of La Masella and La Molina and is The highest lift is at 2500m and there is over 135 km of snow-sure terrain with state-of-the-art snowmaking facilities. Both La Masella and La Molina offer extensive beginner areas at the foot of the mountain and more challenging runs for improvers runs from the top of the mountain all the way back to resort. Prices from around £660 low season for all inclusive school packages by coach.
Bad KleinKirchheim - Austria
With its altitude of 2310m and 100km of piste, BKK offers some excellent skiing. With its perfectly prepared pistes, high proportion of intermediate runs, and wide slopes by the village for beginners, BKK is a popular choice for schools with novice and return skiers. Skiing on the Kaiserburg and Nockalm mountains is linked to BKK’s smaller neighbouring village St Oswald by the Sonnwiesenbahn lift. With three main access points to the slopes, queues are rare. Après-ski includes a stunning outside heated pool. Package prices start from just under £700 by coach for school groups.
Budget USA - Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Waterville Valley is a fantastic option for groups working to a tighter budget that really want to ski USA. You could manage to pick up a low season trip from just a little over £1000, which when you consider you are offering students the ski experience of a lifetime, is good value. For added value you can tie Waterville Valley in with a stopover to New York or Boston - of course you will need to up the budget for this, but city stopovers as part of ski trips are a proven way to gain interest from students and parents and have better numbers. With the first stage of the opening of the Green Peak expansion set for the 17/18 season, this could be a great time to consider Waterville Valley.
Prices gathered from Select School Skiing.