Probably the nearest place to Berlin; one-day trip from 67eur.
- Skipass, 26eur
- Train Berlin > Am Bahnhof, Oberwiesenthal, from 50eur return
- 1-day bus tours with Prima Klima, cheap but rough: 5am departure, late return, 67eur bus + skipass
- Car, from 60eur for gas (check BlaBlaCar)
Fichtelberg, Saxonia: http://www.fichtelberg-ski.de/winter/panoramakarte/
Klínovec, Czechia: https://klinovec.cz/
Similar to Klínovec / Fichtelberg, but reachable only by car, 4+ hour drive.
- Car, gas from 60eur/person
- Accommodation, from 30eur/night
- Skipass, 28eur/day
Inexpensive accommodation and food, reasonable skipass rates.
The place offers mostly prepared pistes, but there should be some freeride runs possible after the snow cover is established.
Usual season opening: mid-December.
See also www.skiareal.cz
A fairytale destination, but requires some advanced transport planning… or a car.
- Train to Bad Harzburg and back: from 50eur
- Local bus: ?
- 1-day ski pass: 32eur
Up to 400m altitude difference; opens mid-December, good snow cover probably since late January.
When there is little snow in the region or in peak times Braunlage may become really crowded, up to the total absence of parking spots. So better come by the opening time.
A weekend or longer trip, more expensive but still relatively on budget.
Lots of them! Just to name a few: Hintertux in Zillertal, Kitzsteinhorn at Zell am See, Söll, Herzogstand, Dammkar, Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
- Train: on average, return trip is from 100eur
- Skipass: from 50eur/day
- Accommodation: from 60eur
Itineraries by train (to Munich)
A suitable EuroNight (sleeper) train via Hannover leaves at 19:49 and arrives at 7:05.
Return: EuroNight via Mannheim, 20:44 > 06:06.
There’s also an option to save some money by going back on Monday during the day on ICE train.
Itineraries by plane (to Munich)
Lots of direct flights from ... return.
Itineraries to resorts
- Mayrhofen: 2.5hr away by train from Munich Hbf, 44eur return.
- Söll: 1.5hr away by train (from Munich Hbf to Wörgl Hbf), 52eur return.
- A couple of nice places in Bavaria reached best by car, e.g. Herzogstand, Dammkar.
- Garmisch-Partenkirchen & Zugspitze: ~1.5hr by train from Munich Hbf to Garmisch + ~1hr Zahnradbahn to Zugspitze. There’s also a cheap overnight FlixBus from Berlin to Garmisch.
We have to say Garmisch and Zugspitze are slightly boring and overpriced. If you’re interested in having a beer on the highest point of Germany, go ahead, but otherwise, it makes sense to go there only after a really good snowfall.
Solid option for a 4+ day trip. We tested it in 2017.
Jasná Nízke Tatry — Chopok: great backcountry potential when the snow conditions are good!
- Train, 110eur return trip
- Skipass, 30eur/day
- Accommodation, from 30eur/day
Itineraries by train
Inexpensive EuroNight nonstop train 19:01 >> 05:36 and 23:01 >> 09:01 back.
Bratislava to Liptovský Mikuláš train 07:55 >> 12:15 13eur + local bus or taxi; 17:29 >> 21:13 back to Bratislava.
Also, an opportunity to go back on Monday during the day through Prague, EC every 2 hours.
Train tickets: Berlin<>Bratislava 78eur + Bratislava<>Mikulas 30eur = 110eur
Skipass: 5 days = 140eur (280eur for 2)
Accommodation: 5 days 2 people = 150-250eur
We stayed at Penzion Ajda (www.ajda.sk or Booking.com link).
If you choose EuroNight train, do pay attention when the conductor explains you safety rules. This is the only train on Earth where someone managed to steal our cash 🙂
In Jasná, if you’re willing to walk along the ridge from Chopok towards Ďumbier peak, you’ll find nice backcountry for any level even in spring and meet lots of wildlife, especially Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica.
Some downsides: local transport is underdeveloped. Mikuláš is far from the slopes, 30 minutes in a crowded skibus.
A bit more expensive option with shorter travel time.
Itineraries by plane
No direct flights at the moment, lowest price in the next 3 months: ....
Mayrhofen: 1.5hr drive, 1.5hr by train (http://fahrplan.oebb.at/bin/query.exe/en), 26eur return trip.
Another great Austrian destination. Untested yet!
Itineraries by plane
easyJet from SXF (...)
Flachau: 70km (1hr) drive, http://www.flachau.at/en/cable-car.html
Kitzbühel: ~150km drive; 2.5h by train (REX6)
Note: avoid the French school holidays period (Feb 06 — Mar 06)!
Chamonix, Megeve, Nendaz (CH)
Direct flights by easyJet (...).
— check snow report before travel and select the place accordingly?
I always have to google the name of this French non-profit organization with interesting packages, so I’ll write it down here: https://www.ucpa-vacances.com/ski/
Top slopes all around! Good for a longer getaway.
Les 2 Alpes
easyJet direct flight (...)
SXF>LYS morning; FlixBus to Alpe d’Huez or a bus to Grenoble and then a Transisere bus
LYS>SXF early morning
Another great weekend+ option.
Direct flights by Ryanair (...)
Fri 8:00 PM – 9:45 PM >>
Mon 8:40 AM – 10:25 AM <<
Taking Monday off, riding on Saturday and Sunday, staying 2 nights in Bergamo.
Car rent: 3 days from 60eur.
Courmayeur: 220 km; cheap transfer should be available.
Unexpected destination, Venice is cheap to fly to in winter, so it’s a great port of entry on your way to Dolomites or Slovenian ski resorts.
Makes sense in case of Friday+Monday off.
Something in Slovenia?
Ryanair is really cheap in winter, now it’s ...
Val Gardena: 300 km (4 hr drive) from Venice.
Car hire: 3 days from 80eur.
A rare combo of sea and snow in one weekend.
Sierra Nevada: very sunny, best snow presumably in January
Itinerary by plane
easyJet from around 100eur (current price: ...)
SXF>AGP: Fri evening
AGP>SXF Mon evening
Sierra Nevada: 160km by car.
Car hire: 3 days from 70eur.
A bit wild but super authentic, good for 4-5 days’ trip.
Bakuriani: 2.5 hours by taxi from Kutaisi
http://ski.ru/az/blogs/post/iz-bakuriani-s-lyubovyu/ (in Russian)
Plane from 100eur, Wizz Air direct (... now).
EU citizens do not need a visa.
To be explored…
- Sofia, Bulgaria (direct afternoon flight by Ryanair): Bansko (2.5 hours by shuttle, 40eur return)
- Slovenia: Kanin (transfer from Venice or car from Ljubljana)
- Barcelona, Spain (direct flights)
- Grenoble, France (no direct flights but this is a great base anyway)
Requires some additional research.