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Christmas Skiing-looking for a fun youth hostel and cheap skiing

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I'm traveling alone and plan to ski from the 19th-26th over Christmas but am going round in circles trying to find somewhere to go.

I ideally wanted to go to Slovakia or Slovenia because of the bargain prices for lift passes and lessons... but cant find decent lively looking hostels that may be fun over Christmas.

Could anyone recommend anywhere in particular or am I better off spending more and going to Austria or Italy?


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    I don't know if this will be of any help because I've never been to Slovenia or Slovakia! But I do go to Bulgaria to ski because it is even more of a bargain, so maybe it will be a useful post...

    There are 3 main ski resorts in Bulgaria: Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo. I've not been to Bansko and have no wish to, but have been to both other resorts. Both lots of fun, due to cheap beer and a high influx of Irish skiers who are also there for the craic! Very sociable places, where you will have no problem meeting people.

    Pamporovo is the cheapest resort, but you have to get a bus to the ski lifts when staying at most places. The ski instructors there are generally very good, and it is easy to get private lessons. I would say is that if you are not very confident on black/red runs then Pamps is probably not for you. However there is a hostel there. We found it by accident - literally - as it is part of the medical centre at the mid-station complex. But believe me it is GRIM. A real insight into what life must have been like for many during the Cold War years.

    Borovets is our favourite, because there is a greater choice of runs than at Pamps. I don't think there are any hostels there, though you would probably find cheap rooms in the nearby village of Samokov. The lessons run by Boroski are not brilliant, but there is an Englishman called Fraser over there who has a ski school and I can highly recommend him even though he may charge a bit more than Boroski or the Samokov Hotel ski school. Also there is Hunters ski school at the Flora Hotel/Apartments which has a good reputation.

    Apartments are pretty cheap in Boro - I am paying 70 euros a night for a 2 bed/2 bath apt right in the centre of town - and ski-in at the end of the day if there's enough snow! There are masses of cheap apts around for rent, you should be able to get a studio quite reasonably...

    Prices for a full skipack including lift pass, lessons and equipment in Borovets are 156 GBP for 6 days, and in Pamporovo the same deal is 218 euros, so about the same.

    If you consider Bulgaria as a ski option, then you could do a lot worse than check out the following websites, there are forums on both to ask questions, and you will be able to contact Fraser via the first one, and I'll warn you now, people are much nicer there than on the second one!!...

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